I'm just wondering if anyone know the story behind using cornmeal in red velvet cake recipes. I have been to two different places (Cupcake Charlie's in the Cape and Sweet in Worcester) that served red velvet cupcakes that tasted like a red corn muffin with cream cheese frosting.
I've never seen a red velvet cake recipe that uses cornmeal, but now that I've encountered it at two different, unrelated bakeries, I'm wondering if it's "a thing." Maybe it's native to a particular state or city or has some historical story behind it?
I didn't like it (if I wanted a corn muffin, I'd order a corn muffin, not a cupcake), but I am interested to know if there's any significance behind it or if it was just a weird coincidence.