I was looking for something to lend itself to my recent need for blue. What I found was something that not only added to the blue phase but something to also satisfy my sweet tooth. Blue velvet cupcakes :-)
My inspiration for these cakes came from One Particular Kitchen. The recipe can be found here. I did get some questions as to what makes a cake "velvet" versus just straight up cake...and I still can't really put my finger on the difference. There is cocoa, vinegar and buttermilk in the recipe. I don't usually add those ingredients to my cakes so I imagine the combination of them has something to do with the final product. Most of the time the velvet cake is associated with the color red. But since I was working with a blue theme I used blue food color to get the final look.
They turned out very moist and just the right amount of sweetness. The icing is cream cheese. I do think I would try these again with a butter cream frosting instead. The cream cheese was good but just a tad rich for me.
I other winter news....since I've been held up inside I decided to finally put a couple recycled jars to good use. I used a paint pen to draw snow flakes on an old sauce jar. Then filled it with Epson salt and a votive candle. It makes a nice addition to our dining table.
And I can check off the Richmond Frostbite 15K. When I singed up for the race I had no idea it would actually snow the day of the race. I'll just call that a bonus.
I'm trying to convince myself that I love winter. It's. NOT. Working. Come on Spring.