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Monday
Jan302012

Blue Velvet Giants Superbowl Cupcakes

In case you didn't already guess...I'm kinda sorta just a little excited that the Giants are in the Superbowl.

I made blue velvet cupcakes to celebrate. Nothing says Go Big Blue like royal blue cupcakes with sweet buttercream and red non-pareils. Don't you think?

Last time I tried to make a velvet cake, it was a big fat fail. This time, I made sure that I would get it right. It's for the Giants after all. Oh and t-shirts work nicely as backgrounds for cupcake photos. Just sayin'!

When I pulled them out of the oven, I did a little Cruz-style salsa to celebrate the fact that they turned out blue...not mossy, not brown...just beautiful, Giants blue. You can do it too. And you should! Everyone needs a little kitchen salsa in their lives. And some blue velvet cupcakes.

Then I tasted the cupcakes. And I was in a little bit of heaven. Especially since they were incredibly easy and only 6 WW Points+ per cupcake. Even if you don't make these for the Superbowl, you should make them for a random evening...they are just so pretty and yummy. Though I'd rather you make them for the Superbowl.

I just have to decide which of my Giants shirts to wear on Sunday. I'm thinking about my Bradshaw t-shirt (shown above). I like him.

Blue Velvet Giants Superbowl Cupcakes
*Adapted from Betty Crocker
Yields 24 cupcakes
1 cupcake = 6 WW Points+

1 box Supermoist white cake mix
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/4 C buttermilk
1/3 C canola oil
3 eggs
3 bottles blue food coloring
1 toothpick full violet food coloring gel/paste

for the frosting:
1/2 C butter, at room temperature
2 C confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 Tbsp milk

red nonpareils, if desired

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix cake mix, cocoa powder, eggs, oil and buttermilk together, starting with 30 seconds on low speed, then increasing to medium speed for 1 minute. Add in food coloring (I still have it all over my hands. Classy) and beat for 1 minute more until totally blue and combined. Pour into 2 muffin tins lined with baking cups. Fill about 2/3 full. Bake for 16 - 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.

To make the frosting, beat the butter. Add in sugar, 1 cup at a time, thinning out with milk as necessary. Beat in vanilla. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Serve with milk. Eat many.

I know what you're thinking. Is she going to be shoving Giants stuff down our throats all week? Maybe No. But I really love these cupcakes! I hope you like them too!

For some other Giants-themed goodies, you should check out my white chocolate pretzel Giants popcorn...

...and marbled Giants cake bars

Have a great week, everyone!

Questions of the Day:

Will you be watching the Superbowl? Are you just in it for the food and party? I usually am just in it for the party, but not this time!

How was your weekend?

Reader Comments (14)

I am really excited to plan a superbowl menu! Totally into the food and not the game. :)

OH My Goodness I LOVE These!!!!! Just I have to tweak the colors for the Pats!! Hee Hee! Great Post! Thanks for sharing!

I have never in my life watched Superbowl,infact im not even sure where we would watch it over here. Maybe watching a game could go on my bucket/to do list :D Your blog posts always make me hungry,i could easily sink my face into some sort of food now!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelz

You are awesome girl! These cupcakes are amazing! I love them

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Belleicious

These are seriously perfect for the super bowl! They are most definitely worth the 6 points!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

These are awesome and a great way to support your team! My son`s name is Eli so we are seriously cheering for the Giants in this house!

I hope you are bringing these on Sunday! 6 pts is not too bad, I can definitely save some points for a cupcake! I love the Bradshaw backdrop!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I think I'm going to make the popcorn for superbowl!! We have HUGE Giants and Patriots fans in our apartment so things are going to get preeeetty intense hahaha

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

These are so cute and could totally work for 4th of July too!!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

These are awesome!!! Maybe I will have to have one!!!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

3 bottles of blue food coloring?!? The cupcakes are a lovely shade of blue....and now I'm craving cupcakes and a Giants WIN!!!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBethany O

I know it's a crazytown amount of food coloring! But I have done this before and never got the color just right until now. Also, if you use the Wilton gel paste, you can use 2 tsp of that, instead of the 3 bottles of liquid. Just make sure to include some of the violet for that deep, rich color!

February 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterRachel

I LOVE these!! Just made them for a party. Love your blog :)

February 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim H

I love these! My dad is a huge giant's fan!

November 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterluv what you do

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