March Madness Cupcakes – IU vs UK – Red Velvet vs Blue Velvet

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You might have noticed there’s a little thing called  MARCH MADNESS  going on right now.

Sweet 16 is this weekend.

And Friday, University of KY meets up with Indiana University.  Just in case you don’t follow basketball, I need to let you know that this is an important match up for several reasons.

First, UK has only lost 2 games this year and IU was one of the teams to beat us.  That was a fantastic game to watch and since I was born and bred a Hoosier, it was kind of fun for me to see Indiana win, even though I hated to see UK lose.  Oh the inner conflict! 

When IU won that game, my friend Liz from Hoosier Homemade tweeted me to gloat just a little.  Now our teams are taking each other on again and we decided to add a little contest of our own:  Red Velvet vs Blue Velvet.

And you get to determine the winner!  Okay, it’s just a friendly competition with no real winner or loser, but if you want to put in your 2 cents, leave a comment to let me know your pick.

Liz has the red velvet recipe on Hoosier Homemade, along with some IU decorations.

I’ve got the blue velvet recipe for you here.  No UK decorations, but I do have another blue & white snack if you want to add to the cupcakes (or skip the baking altogether).  York Peppermint Patty Pieces are blue and white and super yummy too.  Look for them in the candy aisle of the grocery store.

Blue Velvet Cupcakes
For the cupcakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbs. Wilton food coloring gel in Royal Blue
  • Wilton food coloring gel in Violet – stick a toothpick in the bottle and use that amount
  • a teaspoon or two of water
  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbs. vinegar
For the frosting
  • 2 pkgs cream cheese, softened (16 oz)
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
For the cupcakes
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Put cupcake liners in the cupcake pans.
  2. In a mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa, food coloring gel and water together to form a paste. Add to the ingredients in the mixer bowl and blend well.
  5. Stir the flour and salt together and add to the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix well.
  6. Blend in the vanilla.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda and vinegar and then add that to the other ingredients in the mixer.
  8. Fill the cupcake liners with batter, about ⅔ of the way full. The batter will be thick.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely before frosting.
  11. Makes 24 cupcakes.
For the frosting
  1. In a mixer bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar gradually.
  3. This made a lot of frosting, but I probably used over half of it.
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  1. These look so yummy, but I wouldn’t want to be in your house on Friday night. I hope your family can enjoy the game!

  2. We live in Lexington and will be sporting our Crimson and Cream! Go IU!!

  3. UK all the way!

  4. UK all the way!! Go Cats!

  5. You know it has to be IU. We don’t like cats at this house.

  6. I have to say Red Velvet! We live in southern Indiana very close to Cat Country and we would love nothing more than to beat UK one more time! But I am so nervous I probably won’t actually watch.

  7. cammie sizemore says:

    I’ve been enjoying this website for some time but did not know you were a UK fan! Go big blue! I’m making this Thursday night to take into work, where I am surrounded by U of L Cardinal fans. They will not resist the blue cupcake

  8. I just love this!! Why of course it is the Blue!!! We bleed blue in our house. I have been using your site for awhile and had NO idea you were UK fans, so glad to know that. Love the peppermint patty idea as well. Go Big Blue!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    These look fabulous…I see you used two colors to get that beautiful blue. My daughter has
    requested purple cupcakes for her birthday… Any suggestions how to get an awesome CPR of purple in the cake?…. THANKS!!

    • I’m not that good with cake decorating myself. Try for color suggestions or, where I found the blue velvet recipe.

  10. Steve Williamson says:

    Blue velvet wins!! 🙂

  11. I will be making these for the UK/UL game Saturday!!! Go Cats!


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