FOOD: Red Velvet Bakery
Often the most treasured family heirlooms are recipes handed down from generation to generation. At the heart of Edmond’s Red Velvet Bakery, owner and baker Tammy Morgan tells the story behind their homemade confections.
“I grew up on a farm in southern Oklahoma watching my mother make pies. Red velvet cake and coconut cream pie were the family favorites. Whenever she made a pie or cake for a church dinner, she made two; one for my dad and one to take with her. Before my mom passed away, she helped me bake while my dad ran the cash register. When I make a pie crust or chocolate pie, I imagine her here. Red Velvet’s pies and sweet cakes come from my mother’s and grandmother’s recipes,” said Morgan.
Red Velvet Bakery’s specialty is, of course, red velvet cake and cupcakes with cream cheese frosting that Morgan says “is the real deal and has to be refrigerated.” “Our recipe is the same one we used growing up. Recently a customer from Georgia said ‘we had the best red velvet she’d ever tasted.’ Coming from a southern lady, I took that as a compliment.”
Red Velvet is also making a name for themselves with their new take-out Mediterranean food and delectable meat pies. Gourmet flatbreads, soups, dips, salads and pastry pockets make for exotic cuisine. “Some popular items are the spinach stuffed triangles, shrimp flatbread and Egyptian lentil soup,” said Morgan. “Zena Attia and Kathy Jones help cook our delicious menu items daily.”
Cooler weather has customers craving their homemade meat pies, especially their traditional beef and chicken. Other choices like southwest chicken, Mexican and gyro, may prove finding a favorite difficult. “Our meat pies are available all the time and fully cooked. Simply reheat them for dinner,” said Morgan.
The holiday season debuts a variety of dessert pies featuring her grandmother’s flaky old-fashioned pie crust. Choices include fresh apple, cherry, chocolate crème, lemon, key lime, pumpkin, mincemeat, coconut and pecan. “We use pecans from Luther’s Couch Orchard because fresh pecans make all the difference,” said Morgan.
Red Velvet bakes fresh daily their assorted cookies, lemon bars, brownies, pumpkin bread and bonbons. Beautiful Christmas baskets filled with an array of these desserts are available during the holidays.
Red Velvet Bakery is located at 2824 E. Second St. in Edmond. Call 330-8127 or stop by Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.