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Blue Velvet Cake Recipe

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First things first.
#1 – You can now reach me by a new URL! 
If you type in www.miriinthevillage.com, it will forward you directly to this blog.
Ok, now that’s over, so you say you want the recipe to my Blue Velvet cake from Monday, do you? What’s the magic word?

Ok, fine. I’ll give it to you, but you have to promise not to be angry.

TONS of butter. I’m just warning you.

BLUE VELVET CAKE RECIPE
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp blue food coloring
  • 1 dab of violet food coloring
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (8-inch) round pans.

In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, mix until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time and mix well after each addition. Mix cocoa and food coloring together and then add to sugar mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture.

Pour batter into pans. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from heat and cool completely before frosting.

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM RECIPE

Ingredients (Double to cover this cake)

5 Tablespoons flour

1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup granulated white sugar (not powdered sugar)


Directions
In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Be careful not to burn it. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. You can place the saucepan over ice in the sink for about 10 minutes or so until the mixture cools if you are in a hurry. Stir in vanilla. This mixture must be completely cooled in order for the frosting to work.

While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat until it all combines and resembles whipped cream. If it’s not looking like whipped cream, keep on whipping. Best served the same day.

Some notes on this recipe. 
#1 – If you just use blue food coloring your cake will come out green. 

A dab of violet will do ya.

This is the color you are looking for once everything is mixed together.

 #2 – Because this was the tester cake for the Arrested Development party, I decided the filling should be akin to a frozen banana – start with buttercream, then chocolate chips.

Mmmm… bananas…

Cover it all up like I lay out in the post about Frosting a cake.

#3 – Ok, so this is kinda cool.  I saw a cake with stripes on it on Pinterest. There were no instructions for how to do this, so I made them up. You see those plates in the background? I took concentrated food coloring and diluted it a little bit with water.

Took my paint brush to the buttercream. Pretty neat!

Oh, and I’ve been learning about how to make roses.

There you go, Blue Man Group Velvet Cake with chocolate banana filling.  When I brought this tester to shul, my rabbi declared this the “Joseph Cake” – it is of many colors. šŸ™‚

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