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A type of rich chocolate-flavoured sponge cake which is coloured red (usually with food dye) and typically layered with white icing made with cream cheese. Frequently (and in earliest use) attributive, especially in "red velvet cake".
1950s; earliest use found in The San Antonio Light. From red + velvet.
red velvet/ˌrɛd ˈvɛlvɪt/
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