Thursday, July 4, 2013

Star-Spangled Blue Velvet Cupcakes-in-A-Jar

I thought that I would re-post this fun, delicious and need-I-say portable treat for you to try:)
Happy 4th of July Everyone!
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There's nothing like a portable treat when you're ready to enjoy yourself at a barbecue or picnic.  For this 4th of July I have decided to make my version of cupcakes-in-a-jar with blue velvet cupcakes-in-a-jar.  The recipe is super easy & promising to be a colorful treat!  Just start with:


1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 tablespoons royal blue gel paste food coloring
1 tablespoon purple gel paste food coloring

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cupcake or muffin pan with 24 regular-size cupcake liners.

Place the oil, buttermilk, eggs, vinegar, vanilla, and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment until thoroughly mixed. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder together and slowly add to the mixer on low speed. Scrape down the bowl thoroughly, as needed. Add the food colorings in a steady stream until desired shade is achieved; it should appear bluish-purple. Beat for another 3 minutes. Scrape the bowl one last time and mix for 30 seconds by hand.

Fill the cupcake liners two-thirds full with batter and bake until they form a semi-hard crust on top, about 25 minutes

Once they are cool, I slice them in half. You will have a stack of tops and a stack of bottoms.
Place 1 bottom in each jar. Put a layer of the frosting.

 Take the top of the cupcake and place on top of the layer of frosting.
Beautifully frost the top of the cupcake.
 Add sprinkles between the layers for that extra festive touch :)

For a double decker, cupcake and frosting add another cupcake, repeating the first three steps.  Lastly, attach a small wooden or plastic spoon with baker's twine & you're good to go!  This treat is easy, sweet, and has very little clean-up.  Bon Appetit everyone!

And a Happy 4th of July!

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