Red velvet waffles with a hint of cocoa flavor topped with a light and fluffy cream cheese whipped cream.
Who doesn’t love red velvet?! Traditionally made as cake, I have seen red velvet taking all forms recently. Like these Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, from Sally’s Baking Addiction, or this Red Velvet Skillet Cookie from Creme De La Crumb. I think the reality is we are all just trying to find more ways to transport that sweet tangy cream cheese frosting into our mouths!
I decided to make my red velvet recreation into waffles, because why not find an excuse to turn cake into a breakfast food. Not that I haven’t eaten straight up cake for breakfast…because I totally have, this just makes it more socially acceptable! YAY!
I am a big fan of waffles! They are definitely one of my favorite breakfast foods. I love how the outside gets nice and crispy, while the inside is pillowy and soft. When cooking more than one waffle at a time (and when do you really just make one) I like to place them on a wire cooling rack when I take them out of the waffle iron. This keeps the steam, created from the heat, from ruining those crispy squares and making them soggy while waiting for the next waffle to cook.
This batter took me a couple of tries to get just right. The first batch had way too much cocoa powder , and ended up tasting more like unsweetened cocoa than red velvet, which really isn’t very appealing. After a few tweaks these waffles turned out perfect! Lots of vanilla flavor with a slight cocoa taste, and the whip cream finishes them off perfectly.
These would make the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast for the special someone in your life, or if you are me a late night snack for yourself while your cute dog stares at you longingly.
- 2 cups flour
- 1½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon red gel food coloring
- 4 oz neufchatel cream cheese
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Preheat waffle maker. In a mixing bowl combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk to remove any lumps.
- In a glass measuring cup beat eggs, and add to dry ingredients. Then add buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and the red food coloring.
- Stir to combine, making sure that the food coloring is evenly mixed.
- Pour batter into a hot waffle iron, this recipe made 5 waffles in my iron.
- Add room temperature cream cheese to a mixing bowl, and beat at a medium speed until soft and fluffy.
- Reduce the speed, and add in heavy cream. Continue beating gradually increasing the speed as the cream thickens. Beat in powdered sugar once the whip cream reaches stiff peaks.