There is no doubting it, blue is the new black.
If you haven’t seen Avatar, well firstly, where have you been?! And secondly, and don’t lie now, but how many of us would trade in our pasty skins for the luminescent glow of the blue Navi’an skin tone, and with that a connection with our planet, the original blue planet? I know I would.
Not only has Avatar brought back the blue, I’ve also just bought it on blu-ray which has nothing to do with blue, but it’s still blu, so there’s something going on there. I re-watched it last week and I want to be Navi. I want to be tall, although even as a Navi, I’m sure I’d hit 5’3″ at best.
Anyway, Avatar is not the only blue extravaganza. Did you hear? Smurfs are hitting the big screen! You don’t understand, I absolutely adore Smurfs and as a child my parents bought me a Smurfs sheet set which was my favourite of all my sheets. What am I talking about? It’s still my favourite and my mum still dresses my bed in Smurfs when I go home 🙂
… and I can’t believe I just blogged all that out loud…
Where is my censorship executive?
Oh, it’s me. Hi.
Anyway, inspired by all things blue, I decided to bake myself some blue velvet cupcakes. Yes, yes I did. I didn’t come up with the marvellous concept myself though – whilst gallivanting around LA in January, I went to Milk with some awesome foodbloggers and there they had an adaptation of the already famous red velvet cupcakes.
The adaptation was blue. Red velvet is pretty much just cocoa drenched in red, what I loved about the blue velvet was that it actually had it’s own flavour ~ it was blueberry.
Bored on a Saturday morning, I decided to bake my own blue velvet cupcakes. Mind you, I didn’t have a recipe to work from and so I decided to adapt my red velvet cupcake recipe. It worked. Mostly.
I wanted my cupcakes to be really blueberry-y. And yes that’s a word. So I used blended up blueberry mush as well as fresh blueberries in my batter. As a result the cupcakes turned out a little heavy. I mean, all that cooked fruit was going to do some damage but in my humble little opinion, I liked the natural flavour it gave to the cupcakes.
If you want fluffier cupcakes, maybe cut back on the blended blueberries, or not drop the extra 2-3 blueberries into each cupcake. In fact, if anyone experiments with this, can you please let me know?
Oh by the way, I shared my blue velvet love around and check out this gorgeous photo taken by Mowie. Seriously, the man is so amazing he makes me want to cry. *sniff*
|Blue velvet (blueberry) cupcake|
|60grams unsalted butter (at room temperature)
150grams caster sugar
100 grams fresh blueberries, blended
extra blueberries for cupcakes and decoration
10-20mL blue food colouring (obviously the more the blue-er)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
100mL buttermilk or natural yoghurt
150grams plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Cream Cheese Frosting:
a 12-hole cupcake tray, lined with cupcake cases
Cream cheese frosting:
|Makes 12-15 cupcakes|