Blue Velvet Cookie Monster Cupcakes

Our little girl is growing up so fast that it made me blue.  As blue as these very blue cupcakes… there wasn’t a pink tongue in the house (toothbrush in loot bags?).  I had been planning on making Cookie Monster cupcakes for C’s second birthday for months now, but it wasn’t until late last week that I stumbled upon the Blue Velvet cupcake and immediately I knew that it had to the base for my cookie-munching creations.

I got the cupcake recipe from Sprinkle Bakes and it tasted absolutely divine.  Something went a little funky though and they sunk a bit in the middle, which usually indicates too much baking soda.  I measured carefully, so I’m not really sure what happened.  I also had a few minor streaks, so I could have mixed the colour in just a wee bit more.  Practice makes perfect, right?!  Chelsea didn’t help me make this batch as they were a surprise for her, but these cupcakes would be so much fun for the little ones to help out with.

Blue Velvet Cupcakes 
ala Sprinkle Bakes

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp Wilton royal blue gel colour (I had not quite enough, so I mixed in some cornflower blue too)
  • 1/2 tsp Wilton violet food gel colour
  • 2 1/2 cups cake/pastry flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

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

Pulse together flour and salt in food processor (or by hand by sifting).  Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.  Mix in vanilla.  In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and fold into mixture, just to combine.

Spoon batter into 24 cupcake tins lined with paper liners.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

Normally you would top a Velvet cake or cupcake (whether red, blue, green, pink, purple… and on and on) with cream cheese frosting, but that can a bit too soft to pipe, so I decided to go with a vanilla buttercream instead.  In hindsight, cream cheese probably would have been totally fine.  I ended up making WAY too much frosting than what I needed for 24 cupcakes though as I normally use the large star tip.  For Cookie Monster I used the Wilton 233 tip, the grass tip, which uses a lot less frosting.

My Vanilla Buttercream
  • 2 cups (1 lb or 4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • approx 1 1/2 lbs icing sugar (give it a few pulses in a food processor or manually sift)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream/coffee cream/blend
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Cream butter in KitchenAid mixer using the whisk attachment.  Add in salt, vanilla and about 1/4 of sifted icing sugar at a time, adding in the cream alternately the same way.  Let mix on med-high speed for 4 or 5 minutes, if the frosting looks too soft for your needs, add some more icing sugar a bit at a time.  Conversely, if it looks too stiff, add a tiny bit more cream.

Seeing that this batch was for Cookie Monster’s fur, I added approximately 2 tsp of Wilton sky blue gel colour at the beginning, and it was well blended in by the time the frosting was ready.

To frost the cupcakes, I used the Wilton 233 (grass) tip, which I learned is very forgiving.  If C was just a wee bit older, these would have been fantastic for her to help me with.  I made Cookie Monster’s eyes from Wilton white candy melting wafers and brown Smarties stuck to them with some buttercream (make sure that you make them googly-eyed!).  Cookie’s mouth was simply (and fittingly) a mini chocolate chip cookie pressed in at the end :)

 

About Heather Nolan

Heather Nolan lives just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She loves her lil' family, her cats, traveling, and creating in the kitchen. Her iPhone is often confused for a conjoined twin.

Comments

  1. Those are just the cutest and funniest cupcakes in the world. When I was a kid, I was fascinated by anything blue that was edible. I’m sure these were a big hit! BTW, so glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed the freaky clouds yesterday, weren’t they bizarre? It felt so weird. We were supposed to get rain and didn’t, thank goodness. That would have been too tough on me. Still, so weird!

  2. Just came over via Dessertstalking… these cupcakes are adorable!! Any kid (or adult, really) would absolutely love these :).

  3. Thanks! They turned out perfect IMHO.

    I love pink food most, but blue was pretty fun too ;)

  4. We love these! We posted them on our Facebook page! :)

    http://www.facebook.com/redpathsugar

    - Anna

  5. Thanks Anna!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very cute with the blue centres. Did you come up with the cookie monster design yourself?

  7. No not really, there are a ton of them out there. I looked at a bunch and took bits and pieces of what I liked. Some use blue coconut for the fur instead of piping and also some people pipe in his pupils with black icing, but for Cookie Monster it’s all about the crossed-googly eyes :) If you don’t do the eyes right, you just don’t get the same effect.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Came from Redpath and all I can say is Wow these look so good and kids no doubt absolutely love them Rosemary

  9. I have always wanted to make cupcakes like these. Hopefully I will find a reason soon. Too cute!

  10. Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve made these for our daughter’s first birthday party. We haven’t gotten to eat them yet, but I’ve been getting rave reviews on FB from the pictures. I posted your link as to where I got them. My change was I piped black chocolate onto the whit chocolate discs for the eyes. Worked great!

  11. Awww! I’m so happy that you loved them :) I would love to see a pic if you would like could post one on my Facebook page. I was going to do the eyes that way, then the Smarties worked out…. I had a backup plan for everything :)

  12. These are SUPER cool!!

  13. These are SUPER cool!!

  14. Thanks! I loved making them :D

  15. These are such cute cupcakes! And the decorations on it are perfect.
    Cheers.

  16. Cute cupcakes!

  17. Dang! These look good, lol.

  18. These are some blue cupcakes lol I love them!

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME
    is
    Anne Taylor

  19. I have to make these for my sons’ upcoming birthday – they will love them!

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