Is it moon mist ice cream turned into cake? Is it an ode to Jem & the Holograms? Is it a tribute to Moosel and Eleroo? No!! It’s BLUE BELLE!
You may be
ignorant unaware of who Blue Belle is. She was the blue and lavender My Little Pony.
I give you… “the Blue Belle”.
Totally by accident.
You may be wondering, “What the hell is that??”
It’s a white velvet cake batter, augmented with blueberry juice, and topped with blueberry frosting, and a few other tweaks. Originally I was planning to make blue velvet batter, but that really isn’t going to work until I get my hands on some concentrated gel colours. I wondered if adding real blueberry juice would darken it. It did not.
Good to know before you start:
My batter was oddly dry today, and the cupcakes overdone. I baked the first batch for 20 minutes, and the second batch for 19 minutes, and all of them browned. Unsure why.
I ran out of icing sugar and my icing was really watery tonight.
Time required: 1.5 hrs
Yields: 24 medium cupcakes
Cost per cupcake: $2.17
Total cost if you have none of the ingredients: $52.00
Special kitchen implements I used:
- muffin tin
- 3 egg whites, room temp
- 3 TBSP of 2% milk
- ⅓C + 3 TBSP buttermilk (all together, not divided)
- 1½ TSP vanilla extract
- 2 C self-rising cake flour
- 1 C granulated white sugar
- 2½ TSP baking powder
- ½ C butter, room temp
- 4-5 TBSP of juice from a thawed package of frozen blueberries
- 16 drops blue food colouring
- 5 TBSP butter, room temp
- 3 C icing sugar
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 TBSP milk
- 2 TBSP thawed blueberry juice
1. Pre-heat oven to 175°C / 347°F. Use rack that is third from the top.
2. Separate the egg whites into a medium bowl, and save the yolks for something else. Stir in the vanilla and the 2% milk. Whisk until just combined and set aside.
3. In your mixer, with a flat beater attachment, add: cake flour, white sugar, and baking powder. Beat on Low for 30 seconds.
4. Add butter and the buttermilk. Beat on Low until combined, and then beat on Medium for 90 seconds.
5. Add the food colouring and blueberry juice. Fabulous!
6. Add half the egg white mixture and continue on Medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the remaining egg whites, beat another 30 seconds.
7. Spoon into muffin tins. Bake 19 min or less. Immediately transfer to cooling rack for at least one hour before frosting.
This is the first time in my life I’ve gotten exactly 24 cupcakes. I’m so excited!!
8. Make your frosting and beat until smooth.
Ooh, that’s going to be delish. I can tell.
Not at all what I set out to make, yet totally worthwhile. Despite their bizarre appearance, and the slightly burnt factor, these had a wonderful flavour and I’ll definitely retry after tweaking the recipe a bit.
“I know they look funny but I think they’ll be good. What do you think?” I asked.
“”Hmmm.” said Boyfriend. “They look like Ompa-Loompas, in the negative.I’m game.”
“They most certainly do not look like Ompa-Loompas! They’re… My Little Pony cupcakes!!”
“What do you think? I find them a bit dry.”
“The icing is really good, very blueberryish. They kind of reminded me of your white velvet cake, but not. They’re… interesting. I liked them.”
Playlist: Final Fantasy VI – Terra’s theme