Thursday, March 17, 2011

(Insert Your Favorite Primary Color Here) Velvet Cupcakes

If your wondering what dessert to serve with your Shepherd's Pie in honor of St. Patrick's Day, look no further than these [Insert Your Favorite Primary Color Here] Velvet Cupcakes. Today I am sharing my recipe (adapted from Epicurious) for Blue Velvet cupcakes, which I made in honor of our school colors. Go Eagles!

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 2 ounces water
  • 1 ounce food coloring in your color of choice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t white vinegar
  • 1 t baking soda
Preheat the over to 350 degrees and line cupcake tins. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend well.

Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring, like so:

Add to the butter mixture. 

One at a time, stir in the following ingredients: buttermilk, vanilla, and water. 

A third at a time, mix flour and salt into the butter mixture until just combined. Do not overmix! 

In a small bowl, combine vinegar and baking soda. Gently fold it into the cake batter. Make sure it's incorporated; don't beat it. 

Spoon batter into cupcake tins until they are 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 mins, or until an inserted fork comes out clean of batter. 

While your cupcakes are baking, start on the Cream Cheese Frosting...

Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 12 ounces cream cheese (I use Neufchatel cheese - a creamy cream cheese alternative with less fat)
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 t vanilla 
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 t lemon juice or extract (optional - to cut some of the sweetness)
Cream, cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and lemon (if using). Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and beat until smooth. (Note: If doubling your cupcake recipe, this frosting should be enough for a double batch.)

Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

** I would post pics of the frosting-making process and the finished product, but Blogger is refusing to upload the rest of my pics right now, and I am too tired to try to figure out what is wrong. Sorry. Now I guess you will really have to make these delicious treats to see what they look like!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! How are you celebrating this year? Is there a tradition that you honor each March 17th? Either way, I hope you get out there and have a green beer for me so I can celebrate vicariously through you! I will be curled up under our new duvet - it came in yesterday! - grading papers for the rest of my life...or until next Wednesday when 3rd quarter grades are due. 

1 comment:

  1. Nomnom- a most delicious recipe! Enjoy the duvet and good luck with your grading. xoxo