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Blue Velvet Cupcakes aka KY Wildcat Cupcakes

Servings 24 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.