Blue Velvet Cake!

strawberry cake
Posted on 06/15/2011 by arrrrison


I had always wondered if it was possible to do a blue velvet cake instead of red, so i googled my query but came up pretty short. I'm surprised there's not many blue velvet cake recipes or blog posts floating around the internet. So here's one more to add to the short pile!

This may be the best cake i've ever made. It's so soft and cakey and moist. I really loved the blueberries in the middle too, i feel like blackberries would even go great with this cake. Or any fruit. But i wanted to keep with the whole blue thing, so i did blueberries. It really does taste like red velvet cake just blue. It's funny how colors can play tricks on your tongue sometimes.


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Blue Velvet Cake
adapted from One Particular Kitchen

cake:
2 cups sugar
2 sticks of unsalted room temperature butter [i've learned that keeping it out the night before really REALLY helps]
2 eggs
1 1/2 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon royal blue food coloring
1 small dab of violet food coloring [use a toothpick to get the dab]
2 1/2 cups cake flower
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon white vinegar

frosting:
1 pound of cream cheese [at room temperature]
2 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups sifted confectioners sugar

1 package of blueberries [about half a cup]

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 2 8-inch cake pans. Line bottom of cake pans with fitted parchment paper rounds and grease everything again with butter or Pam.
Cream sugar and butter in a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each one.
In a smaller bowl mix cocoa powder and food coloring together. *I didn’t get it all mixed thoroughly, because the food coloring i used was a gel, so i kind of mashed it together and then dumped everything into the sugar mixture.
Sift flour and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to the sugar mixture alternating with the buttermilk. Start and end with flour. Mix in vanilla extract.
Combine baking soda and vinegar in a smaller bowl, then add to the cake mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix one last time.
Fill cake pans half way full with batter and bake for 20 minutes* [for me and my weird oven it took 20 minutes, but i think mine runs hotter than most. Most people have said it takes 30-40 minutes, but i go by whether or not a toothpick comes clean in the middle, so check often with a toothpick or a knife.]
Keep on wire rack until completely cooled.
*I took my cakes out, let it cool for about 45 minutes, when they felt not so scalding hot, i flipped them over onto a wire cooling rack lined with parchment paper and then stuck the whole rack with the cakes on it into the freezer for about 30 minutes. It kind of speeds up the cooling process.

Frosting time:

Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth and combined.
Add powdered sugar gradually and taste along the way, stop adding sugar when it gets to your desired sweetness.

Frost bottom layer first, then add blueberries in an even tight packed layer. Frost one side of your top cake layer and place the frosted side down on top of the blueberries. Frost the top of your now 2-layered cake and then around the sides. Top with a blueberry or whatever else you want!
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hotcement 16th-Jun-2011 01:05 am (UTC)
i am in awe. just... awe.
arrrrison 16th-Jun-2011 01:11 am (UTC)
me too. the blue is mesmerizing. i think i stared at it for a good 10 minutes after i sliced into it.
aurelia_star 16th-Jun-2011 01:12 am (UTC)
This ROCKS! I'm so making this. :-)

Thanks for the inspiration!

~Emily
arrrrison 16th-Jun-2011 01:17 am (UTC)
you are welcome!
bleuberi21 16th-Jun-2011 01:13 am (UTC)
LOVE.
arrrrison 16th-Jun-2011 01:17 am (UTC)
ohhhh yeahhh
gf_girlie 16th-Jun-2011 01:19 am (UTC)
This is epic. You also had to use a lot less blue than red...which is good. Because red is yucky tasting.
arrrrison 16th-Jun-2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Yes it is. I've made a red velvet cake once and it asked for something crazy like...8 Tablespoons of red food coloring? All i could taste was chemical. Blech.
muckymuckerson 16th-Jun-2011 01:20 am (UTC)
that looks divine
lilmizzk 16th-Jun-2011 01:22 am (UTC)
that looks so yummy!
It looks like it might turn your mouth blue, does it?
arrrrison 16th-Jun-2011 01:26 am (UTC)
surprisingly no!
cherrynorth 16th-Jun-2011 01:32 am (UTC)
I didn't even realize it until now, but I've been waiting all my life for this recipe.
miss_conduct 16th-Jun-2011 02:24 am (UTC)
Me too!
cauliflower346 16th-Jun-2011 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm awed, absolutely awed.
And I feel the need to bow down in respect and admiration....
sadblueyes 16th-Jun-2011 02:07 am (UTC)

love it!! we almost had a purple velvet cake for our wedding, but it made our baker nervous. it is so pretty!

on a side note I showed my husband and told him it was a blue velvet cake, he said "no, you can't call it a blue velvet cake, it is a blue suede cake!"

burtonlabs 16th-Jun-2011 08:18 am (UTC)
Niiiiice!
hllx3 16th-Jun-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful.


:D
edge_of_night 16th-Jun-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
oh wow!! what a beautiful cake!
ai_chan77 16th-Jun-2011 02:16 am (UTC)
For St. Patty's day I made a green velvet cake. I love cake in different colors!
ms_guillotine 16th-Jun-2011 03:36 am (UTC)
oh wow that's awesome!
taradiane 16th-Jun-2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Gorgeous!

I've seen blue velvet cake mix at this one grocery store in town (only place I've ever seen it), and they have a black velvet cake mix as well. Always wanted to try the blue, though.
jackieville 16th-Jun-2011 02:43 am (UTC)
It's gorgeous! I hate red velvet cake but I must try the blue! *g* Thank you so much!!!
ms_guillotine 16th-Jun-2011 03:35 am (UTC)
omg omg omg omg omg it looks...wow!!!!!
madeyemads 16th-Jun-2011 03:43 am (UTC)
blue looks gorgeous!
fabrosaurus 16th-Jun-2011 04:05 am (UTC)
It's so pretty... I'm 3" away from licking my computer screen.
sinkwriter 16th-Jun-2011 04:33 am (UTC)
That is just too fabulous for words. *GRIN*

What kind of food coloring did you use, if I may ask? Great, vibrant blue color!
pastrywench 16th-Jun-2011 05:25 am (UTC)
Will have to make this for my pals one day. Good job!
hestia8 16th-Jun-2011 07:46 am (UTC)
This looks AMAZING. Thanks for posting!
burtonlabs 16th-Jun-2011 08:18 am (UTC)
I can't stop staring at it.
susperia1 16th-Jun-2011 08:26 am (UTC)
i need to try and make this!! it looks gorgeous!!! the blue is amazing! XD
gigglebytes 16th-Jun-2011 10:42 am (UTC)
This looks amazing!!! The colour is so vibrant and the blueberries! Will definitely have to try this! Thank you for posting :)
ejia_arath03 16th-Jun-2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Oh my god. I want this. I want this NOW.

Did BBB ever have a blue theme contest thingy? I think it should have one.
ladyapples 16th-Jun-2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Amazing what a change in color can make. That shade of blue is so beautiful!
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