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.