Blue Velvet Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Blue Velvet Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting | The Blonde Buckeye

Since I had that short little break from blogging, I didn’t get a chance to how you guys what I made for the 4th of July. So as they say, better late than never! Staying within the theme of patriotic holidays, I wanted to make something that was red, white &/or blue. I went with a blue velvet, instead of the traditional red velvet. Of course you can make these anytime of the year, but Labor Day is fast approaching, just sayin. I’ve made a ton of cupcakes in my day, but I’ve never used cake flour for some reason. Let me tell you, it makes your cupcakes SO FLUFFY! I need to do some experimentation with it as far as substituting it in other recipes, but I am sold.  The texture of these cupcakes is to die.  Then of course topped with Marshmallow Frosting, it’s like a little blue velvet sugar cloud. (and if you don’t have cake flour available, you can make it. Joy the Baker can show you how).

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Double Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes | The Blonde Buckeye

There are times that you just want a ‘classic’.  You just want to wear your favorite jeans & tshirt, instead of messing around with all the other stuff.  But it’s like, a really really nice & soft tee that fits just magically.  That’s what these cupcakes are.  They sound basic, but they’re perfect.  I just tweaked my basic vanilla cupcake & vanilla buttercream recipes by adding the seeds from vanilla beans.  First of all, I just adore the way they look with those little black vanilla beans coming through.  They just look fancy.  Also, the vanilla flavor is just sooo good, something I don’t think you can replicate quite the same with vanilla extract.

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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes | The Blonde Buckeye

I made these adorable little cupcakes for a 1st birthday party & was so pleased at the way they turned out.  Ironically, I used the same Strawberry Buttercream recipe from the same little lady’s baby shower. However this time I used it on a lemon cupcake, to make – you guessed it – Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes.

Also, to try something new, I used the frosting method that looks like roses!  How cute right?  And sooo easy!  Typically, you start piping on the outer edge of a cupcake & make your way to the center.  But for these, you start from the inside, then go out, tapering off the end.  It’s really easy & looks so pretty.  Another great thing about this method is that it uses a lot less frosting.  (**You could make half of the recipe below if you are using this technique).

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Cookies & Cream Camo Cupcakes

Cookies & Cream Camo Cupcakes | The Blonde Buckeye

Ready for a cupcake to blow your mind?  Because this one’s a doozie…

Ya I said it, Cookies & Cream Camo Cupcakes.  I made these beauties for a friend’s birthday.  Luckily, they were a hit!  I’ll go ahead & say this too, this is the most delicious buttercream frosting ever.  It’s officially my go-to buttercream now.  So just know, these aren’t exactly a last-minute-quick cupcake recipe, but they are a show-stopper for sure.  All the components are actually fairly simple (vanilla & chocolate cupcakes, vanilla & chocolate buttercream), it’s just a lot of prep work.  But they are sooo worth it!

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