Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Shamelessly Political Cupcakes: Blue Velvet Obama Cupcakes

 In honor of election day here in this highly contested state of Pennsylvania, I bring you a political dessert. It does reveal a bit about which way I am leaning: blue velvet for the blue that I hope will be sweeping CNN's "magic map" tonight and the Obama logo.   I realized on the drive home the other day that his logo just belongs on a cupcake. C'mon people, it's simple, round, and perfect. Of course, just like all things, it seemed a lot simpler then it turned out to be, but I'm not complaining.  Especially if we win.  

Blue Velvet Cupcakes
adapted from Paula Deen
makes 2 dozen

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons blue food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.


Carla said...

Go Obama! Hopefully these cupcakes will send a good vibe.

Julia said...

I sent this people at work and they were impressed (you could tell from all the "St. Louis" vistors you got today!)

Mary Ann said...
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Mary Ann said...

Sorry, that was me with the deleted comment. I was signed in with the wrong account. These cupcakes are so fun and your rugelach turned out beautifully!

Beth said...

YUM!!! GO OBAMA! I'm a fellow TWD baker, and I was thinking that it would be nice if we all could chip in and get Laurie some small token/gift for all the work she does. Would you be willing to contribute? If I can get enough people, it would only be about $1 per person. No pressure :-) Let me know! bethberg12@yahoo.com

Andrea said...

Love them! How creative! I was so excited watching the PA numbers come in :)

Hillary said...

Great cupcakes for the election!

Barbara said...

Cute idea!