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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Blue Velvet Cupcakes

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for a dear coworker's birthday recently i made blue velvet cupcakes. thru a series of random facebook inquiries to her daughter, it came out that rebekah likes the color blue, a square cake and lilies. i don't know how to make lilies yet, and i have but one square pan so the only thing i could accommodate her on was the color blue. i laugh now when i think my simple question to get a FLAVOR garnered that answer.

Blue Velvet Cupcakes
recipe from Mean Jean (whose birthday is on the 11th... seriously, december babies are the best!)

2 1/2 c sifted cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 TBL wilton gel icing, in royal blue
1 small glob of wilton gel icing, in violet (color tip courtesy of one particular kitchen)
1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c buttermilk, at room temperature
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin pans with cupcake liners.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
In a smaller bowl, combine the cocoa and food colorings to make a sort of paste. (i did add about 5 drops of water to achieve the paste)
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add in the eggs one at a time and mix after each addition.
Add in the vanilla and mix well.
Mix in the cocoa paste and 1/3 of the flour mixture.
Pour in half the buttermilk and mix well.
Add another 1/3 of the flour mixture...
then the rest of the buttermilk...
and the last of the flour mixture.
In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar and baking soda

Add it to the batter and mix well, scraping down the sides with a spatula to ensure complete mixing.

Pour the batter into the prepared cups, filling the cupcake liners about half full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes come out clean.

For the icing, i used used 8oz cream cheese and 1lb (more or less) of powdered sugar. i used the biggest tip in my collection to pipe.

12 comments:

  1. "She wore Bluuuue Velvet". Sorry to introduce Bobby Vinton into the conversation but that was my very first thought. What were we talking about? Oh right, cupcakes.

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  2. "Blue vellllvet and that little girl's smiiiile..."

    Wendi and I are on the same page today. Alannah Myles was my mine.

    I only learned last year that food coloring was what made "____ velvet" cake the color that it is.

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  3. I've made pink velvet and red velvet, but blue? That looks like fun!

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  4. excellent idea on blue velvet. will file that away for future reference!

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  5. @wendi, will we still be friends if i confess that i have no idea who Bobby Vinton is??

    @ali, i do know alannah myles and that song is pure soul...

    @limecake, it is such a fun color, isn't it?

    @deb, it's a great party pleaser!

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  6. hi aa!

    this is so cool! blue!!!

    my bro in law had a blue cake for his bday years ago. the cake was royal blue with some black and so was the frosting. let's put it this way...."something" was blue the next morning.

    ha ha - when i think of 'blue velvet', i think of dennis hopper huffing glue in an oxygen mask (the david lynch flick)! creepy! :) and about bobby vinton, my mom used to listen to him when i was young. he was one of those crooners from the 60's.

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  7. Wonderful change from the red velvet. I like this.

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  8. What a fabulous idea! Since it's just food coloring (and tradition) that makes red velvet red, there's really no reason those cupcakes couldn't be any other color, no?

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  9. caninecologne, haha! something was blue in the morning....!!

    mangocheeks, thank you!

    Liz,exactly! you can make it whatever color you want, or not color it all.

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  10. Wonderful change from the red velvet. I like this.

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  11. @wendi, will we still be friends if i confess that i have no idea who Bobby Vinton is??

    @ali, i do know alannah myles and that song is pure soul...

    @limecake, it is such a fun color, isn't it?

    @deb, it's a great party pleaser!

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  12. What a fabulous idea! Since it's just food coloring (and tradition) that makes red velvet red, there's really no reason those cupcakes couldn't be any other color, no?

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