This month's Iron Cupcake challenge was soda pop... meaning that soda, pop, whatever you call it, is the inspiration as well as the challenge ingredient for the cupcake entries. I pretty much decided right away that Jones Soda, the type Veto and I served up at our wedding, would be the inspiration beverage for my entry.
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I saw Paula Dean on RR today, making red velvet whoopie pies, and I got to thinking... why does red velvet have to be red? Other than making it red to enhance or disguise the mild cocoa colour, what about a vanilly blue velvet? It could happen, you know.
So off to my test kitchen I went, spatulas in hand. I dug out a nice vanilla cupcake recipe and proceeded to alter it... holding my breath... the deadline for submissions is tomorrow, after all. This is what I came up with. It really is what one might imagine "blue velvet" to taste like. And, if you can imagine Veto singing Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet" to me, then you've got the picture, exactly. Which is why I didn't tell him they were blue velvet cupcakes.
If you would like to see the entries of the Iron Cupcake challenge, check out the flickr group. You can vote for my Jones Soda Blue Velvet Bubblegum Cupcake no later than Wednesday, April 29th at NO ONE PUTS CUPCAKE IN A CORNER. But really, from what I've seen so far, I'm not anywhere near a win, place or show. There are some fantastic cupcakes there. For me, it's not about the cupcake glory, its about the challenge.
1 and 1/2 cups cake flour
1 and 1/4 cups all purpose white flour
1 cup softened butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs at room temperature
1 cup Jones Soda (blue bubblegum flavour), flat
1 teaspoon white vanilla
generous drops of blue food colour
white vanilla buttercream frosting
blue bubblegum bits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
In a small bowl, on medium speed of mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla, and then the eggs, one at a time - beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the flattened soda. With each addition, beat until all ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat. Add some blue food colour as you see fit. I used about ten drops as the soda left the batter quite pale.
Carefully scoop the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them equally. Bake for 20 minutes.
Pipe vanilla buttercream frosting on fully cooled cupcakes and garnish with chopped bubblegum pieces and sprinkles.
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