I love supporting Kickstarters created by other geek girls. I also love baking. And then eating everything that I bake. The first two points feed directly into my inspiration for this post–my desperate desire to use the geeky sprinkles I got from supporting The Geeky Hostess‘s Kickstarter last year! I was stuck in a lack-of-inspiration rut for a couple weeks, though, while I tried to decide which sprinkles to use first (let alone what I was going to make with them). Then it hit me–Time Vortex (okay, they’re blue velvet) cupcakes with the TARDIS (okay, they’re technically called “police box”) sprinkles!
Blue Velvet Cake Recipe:
(Taken from Food Network):
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ pound butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 ounces blue food coloring
- 2 ½ cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers. I used blue, white, and purple.
Begin by creaming the butter and sugar until it appears fluffy. Then add the eggs o0ne at a time, mixing it fully after each egg.
From there, mix the cocoa powder with the food coloring. I didn’t end up using all two ounces, but I wish I had. I was afraid it would over-power the taste, and it didn’t—plus the blue wasn’t as dark as I would have liked. Once you combine these, mix it together with the sugar mix.
Next, shift the cake flour and salt together in a separate bowl. Measure out one cup of buttermilk. Combine the flour mixture and the buttermilk with the sugar mixture in portions, switching between the two. Once these three components are together, blend in the vanilla extract.
The final step is to combine the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl. This is going to make the cake SO FLUFFY YOU COULD DIE. Once this sciences like crazy, add it to the rest of the cake batter.
This makes 24 cupcakes. Like, exactly twenty-four cupcakes. I was really impressed with myself. Bake for 17-20 minutes. The original recipe called for 25 minutes, and my first tray came out really brown. I put it in for twenty minutes the second time, and the edges were STILL brown.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1 stick Butter
- 1 package Cream Cheese
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tbsp coconut milk
Cream the butter and cream cheese together, then add vanilla. Gradually mix in two cups of powdered sugar, then add coconut milk. Then gradually mix in the remaining powdered sugar, until you reach a consistency you like.
From there, I split the frosting into three groups. About five-elevenths were colored purple, and another five-elevenths were colored teal. The rest was kept white. I put the white frosting between the two colors in the decorating bag, but the white pretty much just got colored in there. Next time I’ll put a little more in. I mixed the colors for the frosting to try to get the same look as the Doctor Who credits.
From there, I sprinkled on some similarly-colored nonpariels. The final touch was a pinch of police box sprinkles, er, sprinkled over the top.