Red velvet is all the rage across the U.S. these days, but I've been eating red velvet cakes all my life. Pillowy red velvet cakes and coconut cakes were favorites at every Mississippi bake sale during my childhood. Try this combination of the two, and you may have a hard time going back to the originals. Red food coloring gives the cake its color: The amazing shade means it's a natural for Fourth of July parties. At my barbecue joint, CCQ, the red velvet cupcakes fly off the shelf.