March Madness is in full frenzy here in the Bluegrass. The Cats won the SEC title yesterday in an awesome game that went into over time, Coach Cal’s face has been put on bottles of Maker’s Mark bourbon and everybody’s doing the John Wall dance. All is right with the world, at least as far as University of KY fans are concerned.
So you can understand why I just had to make these Blue Velvet cupcakes when I saw the recipe on Sprinkle Bakes. The cake is a blue version of Red Velvet cake and it tastes wonderful topped with cream cheese frosting.
I used the recipe from Sprinkle Bakes with her suggestion for using food coloring gel. I only made one small change, which was to add a bit of water to the paste of cocoa powder and gel. The water made it much easier to combine the two ingredients.
Blue Velvet Cupcakes aka KY Wildcat 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
- 2 1/2 cups cake flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbs. vinegar
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Put cupcake liners in the cupcake pans.
- In a mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well.
- 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.
- Stir the flour and salt together and add to the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix well.
- Blend in the vanilla. I
- n a small bowl, combine the baking soda and vinegar and then add that to the other ingredients in the mixer.
- Fill the cupcake liners with batter, about 2/3 of the way full. The batter will be thick.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
- 2 pkgs cream cheese, softened (16 oz)
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- In a mixer bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth.
- Add in the powdered sugar gradually, until the consistency is spreadable.
My friend, Claire used the cake recipe to make a basketball cake using a Wilton pan and it turned out cute. I’m sure you could use the recipe for a layer cake as well.