|Here's a snapshot on our wedding day, 1987.|
I was totally rockin' the Princess Diana look.
Today seemed as good a day as any to fire up the test kitchen in search of the perfect Blue Velvet Cupcake. While today, Memorial Day, is a U.S. National holiday, our youngest daughter attends a school that follows the German schedule of holidays, breaks, etc. That made today seem like “just any other day” and still I wanted to celebrate.
I’m personally invested in American military service members; my life partner served his country for 20 years. Our oldest daughter blogged her experience here.
Ok... Blue Velvet Cupcakes with a ring white chocolate ganache or white buttercream and a top cone of red buttercream frosting…and some little topper sounded delightful. Maybe a blue peanut M&M or blue fondant stars...not sure. What I imagined is not what I created. Sigh.
I didn’t plan on the cupcakes being a test kitchen baking experience. I didn’t follow the recipe I downloaded from keyingredient.com. I wasn’t paying attention and wound up with a compounding mess on my hands. I used all-purpose flour instead of cake flour (I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing - I love cake flour and have plenty in my pantry) plus the oven was a smidge too hot. To add insult to injury, I used liquid food coloring instead of blue coloring gel. They went into the oven a lovely battleship grey.
It looks less grey in this picture...and yet, not quite blue blue.
hot tip: When there isn't enough batter to fill the tin, pour about 1/4" of water into the empty cup to prevent damaging the tin during baking.
Baking results? The cupcakes domed then sank in the middle with a crusted top. It was so unpleasant and downright…ugly? The upside was taste. They tasted yummy and delicious (I took a bite from one and shared the rest with my husband).
Cupcakes on the left were baked at too high a temperature...the cupcakes on the right were made with batter in which I added some blue coloring gel (baked at the correct temp). It makes a difference.
I didn’t have any blue peanut M&M candy. Or fresh blueberries. Or any blue candy I could melt in my pocket and roll flat. Red looked ok, white was better, and I think blue would have been best.
Progress not perfection…working the steps, living life, and baking cupcakes.