Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blueberry Velvet Cupcakes

I decided to spend election night making (and eating!) cupcakes while listening to the election coverage on NPR.  Since the night promises to be a nail-biter, I figured blue velvet cupcakes would be appropriate as they can serve  as either celebration (can you guess who I voted for?) or consolation cakes (boo-hoo berry).  These didn't turn out as blue as I was hoping they would, but are bluer than they look in the photos, my dark kitchen not being the ideal environment for taking true-to-life pictures.

The Ingredients:
3/4 c almond milk
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/4 c blueberry juice
a few drops blue food coloring
2 t vanilla
1 1/4 c flour
3/4 c sugar
2 T cornstarch
2 T cocoa powder
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 c blueberries

1/2 c margarine
1/4 c shortening
3 T blueberry juice
2 3/4 c powdered sugar

The Process:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°, and line a cupcake tin with 12 wrappers.
  2. Whisk together almond milk, vegetable oil, blueberry juice, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Stir wet and dry ingredients together.  Add food coloring until you reach your preferred shade of blue.
  4. Fold in blueberries.
  5. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Bake until done, about 25 minutes.
  7. To make icing, beat together margarine and shortening with an electric mixer.  Add blueberry juice, then gradually add powdered sugar and continue to beat on high speed until fluffy.
  8. Ice cupcakes and eat while you celebrate and/or bemoan the fate of the country.


  1. Um, I'm guessing you voted for the same person I just voted for.
    PB popcorn and watching coverage on pc. Nervous.

  2. PS I'll share my popcorn if you bring some delicious cc. Hope to celebrate the fate fo the country.

    1. PB popcorn sounds excellent...so far looking like it's going to be good news!

  3. Mmm, those sound great! And I'm glad they didn't have to be boo hoo blue cupcakes! :)

  4. Those are such a beautiful colour. And I really like the chocolate blueberry combination - sort of like a Black (or in this case Blue!) Forest Gateau!

  5. I so wanted to try it, it looks delicious and tasty, yummy

  6. Those are gorgeous, and I'm go glad your cupcakes turned out to be celebratory!


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