Blue Velvet Cupcake Recipe

Blue velvet cake is a fun twist on the traditional red velvet flavor. A touch of violet food coloring is the secret ingredient for making these cakes the perfect blue hue.


By: Heather Baird


2 cups sugar
1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
2 eggs
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Wilton royal blue gel food coloring
1 small dab of Wilton violet gel 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

Frosting Ingredients
1 lb. cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake pan with paper liners. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter. Mix until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, and mix well after each addition.

2. Mix cocoa and food colorings together to form a paste, and then add to sugar mixture. Mix well.

3. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla.

4. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture. Pour thick batter into cupcake papers. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

5. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together in a large bowl until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife, or pipe it on with a big star tip. Embellish as desired (Image 1).



Keep Reading

Next Up

Lucky Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

These green-topped cupcakes forego the food coloring altogether. They get their festive hue from brightly colored, pulverized pistachios.

Cool Down Your Design With Blue Velvet Furniture

Take cues from these designs on how to add a touch of regal sophistication to any space with blue velvet furniture.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Toppers

Dress up yummy cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day with festive toppers.

Irish Nacho Dip Recipe

Serve this delicious dip — flavored with stout beer — for St. Patrick's Day.

Chocolate Stout Pudding Recipe

This stout-infused chocolate pudding is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, though you may crave it year round. The stout-like contrast between the pudding and topping is best seen when served in small jars or clear glasses.

9 St. Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes That Are Better Than Green Beer

Mix it up this year with a St. Patrick's Day-inspired libation...or two.

Blue Master Bedroom Ideas

As the king of cool hues, blue is perfect for the master bedroom. Follow these tips to find that perfect shade for your relaxing retreat.
More from:

Fourth of July


Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.