For months he had been asking me to make an ice cream cake, but when his birthday finally came around, Ian told me to surprise him. So, I did. I surprised him with a blue velvet cake.
It’s unorthodox, for sure, but the idea was very intriguing. I stumbled across the blue velvet cake recipe while I was wasting away another evening on Pinterest.com. The picture of the cake was so vibrantly blue that it almost looked like it had been photo-shopped. When I got to the original link, I found the food blog Family Bites and the recipe for blue velvet cupcakes, which I just translated into a cake recipe.
Next, I prepared my buttermilk substitute – 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in 1 cup of milk. I let that sit for a few minutes. When it had been five minutes, I used a fork to stir the mixture around because some clumps had formed on the top of the milk.
Then came the eggs, one at a time. I made sure to mix well after each egg had been added.
The next direction was to mix cocoa powder and food coloring gel together. Well, I didn’t have food coloring gel, I just had regular liquid food coloring. I figured it could hurt if I just added the food coloring and the cocoa powder straight into the batter. I lost count of how many blue drops I put in…
Then I sifted cake flour and salt together and added it into the batter alternately with the buttermilk.
I poured some vanilla into the batter, and poured vinegar over baking soda in a separate bowl. I had completely forgotten about the reaction between vinegar and baking soda and almost had a heart attack when the baking soda fizzled up noisily inside the bowl. Once the bubbles had fizzled out, I poured the mixture into the batter and mixed it well.
The batter immediately got super smooth and creamy. I snagged a taste from the side of the bowl and was impressed with how well this cake was turning out.
|Here’s another shot of the super smooth batter|
Something compelled me to bake these cakes the traditional way, by preparing the cake pans with butter and flour.
I divided the batter evenly between each pan and put them into the 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
I pulled the cakes out when the tops were slightly springy and a knife inserted into the center of each cake came out clean.
I made a buttercream frosting to go with the cake. I decided not to provide pictures or the recipe for this frosting because I have already made it in this post. You can find the recipe and directions there.
When I had the cake totally frosted, it looked so terribly plain with its plain vanilla buttercream. I decided to go out on a limb and get pretty crafty on the decorations. I wanted to accent the awesome blueness of the cake, so I put drops of the blue food coloring around the top of the cake. Then, I took a knife and swirled the food coloring into the frosting. When the food coloring mixed into the frosting, I used the knife to make outward curves from the dots. It turned out pretty damn cool.
|Ian is into visually trippy things, so I figured he would love the design.|
2 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon blue liquid food coloring
2½ cups cake flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, mix until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time and mix well after each addition. Add cocoa and food coloring to sugar mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture.
Pour batter into prepared cake pans for bake for 30-35 minutes.