Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bruin Blue Velvet Cupcakes {Recipe}

Football season is about a month away
We all know I'm a UCLA girl, through and through
So obviously, the first thing I thought of when I found Paula Deen's recipe for blue velvet cake
Was that I could make UCLA cupcakes
So I did.

I adapted Paula's cake recipe and this oh so simple cream cheese frosting recipe for my little Bruins
I haven't baked in a while, what with all of my slow cooking obsession
So bear with me here.

Bruin Blue Velvet Cupcakes 
2 cup sugar 
2 sticks of budda 
(that's butter, people)
2 eggs 
1 tblspn cocoa powder 
2 oz blue food coloring 
2 1/2 cups cake flour 
1 tsp salt 
1 cup buttermilk 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
1 tblspn vinegar
Cupcake tins
(I often forget these when I do my grocery shopping
so I thought I'd put them on there for you)
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz unsalted butter
8 oz cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar 
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yellow food coloring

    Put your butter out on the counter to warm up first
    I always forget this 
    Then preheat oven to 350 degrees
    Set up your pretty little cupcake tins

    Put the sugar and butter in a bowl and cream them with your mixer until their nice and fluffy.

    Add the eggs (one a time) and mix them in.

    Put the cocoa and food coloring in another bowl and mix them together.

    Add the beautiful blue cocoa in with the sugar mixture that you just made and mix it up good.

    In yet another bowl, sift together flour and salt.
    (This is why I hate baking...too many dishes...I miss my slow cooker...)

    Add a bit of the flour/salt mix at a time into the now blue sugar mixture, and alternate with adding the buttermilk at the same time
    (Confusing much Food Network?)

    Blend in vanilla.
    (Finally an instruction I can handle) 

    I know you may not have this many bowls, but try to find another little one and combine baking soda and vinegar, then add to main mix.
    Just a warning: It fizzes like a fourth grade science project

    Pour batter into your little cupcake tins

    Bake for about 25 minutes, or until your toothpick comes out clean instead of turning blue.
    Let them cool completely before frosting and make your frosting in the mean time.
    My janky oven burned the outside ones and didn't cook the inside ones enough
    Oh well, cest la vie

    Onto the frosting:
    Let the butter and cream cheese sit out for a bit first so that they're nice and soft
    Beat together the butter and cream cheese with your mixer.

    Turn the mixer to low speed so you don't get powdered sugar all over your kitchen
    Then add the powdered sugar slowly until your mixture is all smooth and creamy 

    Beat in the vanilla extract

    And beat in the food coloring until you get your desired color
    Forgot to take a picture.  Whoops.

    Lick the mixers
    And the spoon
    And the bowl
    Ok, maybe I should double the recipe so I can eat half of it
    Hopefully you have some self control

    I'm no fancy professional, so I just toss my frosting in a ziplock bag
    Cut the tip off
    And frost away

    And then enjoy those yummy little Bruin treats
    Cheer for your team
    And hope for a good football season!

    I also did the blue velvet with white frosting and red sprinkles for 4th of July this year!

    Go Bruins!

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      1. How fun! looks like a good recipe. Yeah Bruins!!!

      2. How fun! What a great idea!!

      3. What a neat idea! I am an Ohio State Fan, I bet I could make these scarlet and gray! :) Thanks for linking up with Recipe of the Week!

      4. That is a great ideas! I love it. They look so yummy.

        Thank you for sharing the cupcakes at Foodie Wednesday.

        Hope you can come by this week again and share another great recipe.

      5. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
        I hope to see you there!

      6. Nice cupcakes!I love the coloring! Thank you for the recipe and I will definitely try it out!

      7. The cupcakes looks so yummy. Perfect snacks while watching football. Thanks for the recipe.

      8. I have never heard of blue velvet cupcakes before! Very cool!


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