Today is my birthday, so I brought cupcakes! Actually, these are the cupcakes I made for my daughter on her birthday in February, but I thought today was the perfect day to share them with you. My daughter, Lena, is four and mentions at least 10 times a day and tells everyone she knows that her favorite color is blue, so I made her Blue Velvet cupcakes to take to preschool on her birthday. I found the recipe at One Particular Kitchen.
Blue Velvet Cupcakes
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter, room temperature
½ cup buttermilk
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tbsp vinegar
1¼ cups cake flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tbsp Wilton Royal Blue gel food coloring
1 small dab of Wilton Violet gel food coloring
Preheat oven to 350° and line a cupcake pan with liners.
Cream sugar and butter in mixing bowl until light and fluffy, then add egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and vinegar, mixing well.
In another bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add food coloring and mix gently until color is evenly distributed.
Scoop batter into cupcake liners, filling about ⅔ full. I got 14 out of it. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
Makes 14 cupcakes.
These are really good! I had actually never made cupcakes from scratch before, but I had made a couple of cakes from scratch, so the cupcakes weren't a big deal. The buttermilk and vinegar gave them a very faint tang that is really good.
I could have just made regular cupcakes and topped them with blue frosting, but this was way more fun. And the blue cake doesn't stain lips and tongues like blue frosting does.
The original recipe called for making a paste out of the cocoa powder and food coloring, but I just used the traditional muffin method and stirred in the food coloring at the end. I couldn't find the Wilton gel food coloring, so I used the regular Wilton food coloring instead, and I think it turned out just fine.
Lena loved taking these to school and sharing them with her friends. And if the blue obsession continues, I will probably have to make them again next year!