Red & Blue Velvet Cupcakes for a Baby Shower!
So 2 of my co-workers gave birth to 2 beautiful and healthy babies! I couldn’t think of a better gift that I could offer them other than some baby cupcakes! And since one was a baby boy and the other a baby girl, I decided to make Red and Blue Velvet cupcakes! Sounds odd right? Blue Velvet cupcakes? I promise you it’s just the food dye that differentiates the blue from the red though….
RED / BLUE VELVET CUPCAKES . Makes 24 cupcakes . Approximately 140 calories each
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup margarine
2 egg whites, 1 yolk
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/3 buttermilk
1 tsp red / blue food dye
If 2 people are working together at these cupcakes, one can manage the dry mixture while the other can manage the wet mixture. As usual, I like starting with the dry mixture because it makes washing a lot easier.
1) Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2) Dry: Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
3) Wet: Beat your eggs, then combine applesauce, margarine, buttermilk and vanilla essence.
4) Combine your mixtures by alternating 1/3 of your dry mixture with 1/3 of your buttermilk until all is added into your wet mixture. Use an electric beater to mix well while in this process
5) Separate your batter into two bowls. Use red dye on one and blue dye on the other.
6) Bake for 25 – 30 minutes at 350 degrees until toothpick comes up clean, and then let them cool completely before frosting.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
The first frosting I made was too thin and could not frost well. So for the second frosting, I made the following changes
a) Butter must be in room temperature but NOT melted
b) Do NOT substitute margarine for butter. The consistency will not be thick enough.
b) Cream cheese must be cold and not melted
c) Icing sugar must be sifted
1) Using an electric beater, mix your butter and cream cheese
2) Add your sifted sugar and vanilla essence. Continue mixing
3) When your frosting is smooth enough, use a saran to cover it, then refrigerate for 2 -3 hours to thicken it
If your frosting is too thin, add a bit of milk. If it is too thick, add more icing sugar
Alright! Time to make some babies!
5-10 Sour Keys
20 chocolate chips
1 box of oreo cakesters
Other colour icing pens
I initially wanted to turn make them all babies but was really strap for time as I had work the next day! Therefore I eventually frosted the other cupcakes with the limited frosting tips I had. I promise I will get better at cupcake frosting in the future!
1) Frost the cupcakes with white or neutral coloured frosting
2) Use chocolate chips as the eyes. Invert them as you insert
3) Using a sharp knife, cut a hole in the middle of the oreo cakester
4) Place it below the eyes. Trim the tail of the sour key, then shove a sour key down the hole where the oreo cakester is. (No pun intended) This would be its pacifier
Here it is!
I actually really like how the crying baby cupcake turned out! I thought the pacifier ones would have turned out better. Oh wells. Next time…
Now time to look at the babies!!
And this is where you go AWWWWWWWWWW
Arun made very delicious Indian meal for dinner! I absolutely had to get seconds…
OMG I LOVE SHAHI PANEER! FAVOURITE INDIAN FOOD EVERRRRRRR
And now… Time to open the presents!