Mike's brother Scott's birthday is the day before Halloween and I knew I'd be making a cake or cupcakes for the family birthday get together. I wanted to create a spooky/Halloween themed cupcake. I know Scott likes my Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting, so I wanted to play off of that.
I got these great Halloween night cupcake wrappers with bats, skeletons, and moons on them. I wanted to match my cupcake with the colors.
I've got to preface and say traditional Red Velvet cake is chocolate in flavor. Here's the trick before the treat... I used a box of Betty Crocker yellow cake with Buff Black food coloring gel (no chocolate in sight, sorry if the "Black Velvet" threw you off).
I put several drops of food coloring gel in to start and added more drops till I got just the right color.
The color turned out just how I wanted them to. Perfect black as night cupcakes!
This whole cupcake adventure was all about embarking on use of my Buff food coloring gel. I used teal and sapphire for the homemade cream cheese frosting.
For those of you interested in the cream cheese frosting recipe: Cream together two sticks of unsalted (softened) butter with 1 pound of cream cheese (2 bricks) until well blended. Add 4 cups of confectioners sugar and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. Stir till clumps have dissolved.
I put both colors in two different frosting bags. I used them together with only one frosting top to get a swirled outcome.
See the two-toned frosting here?
Then, I sprinkled on some yellow confetti stars and black sugar crystals!
They were pretty much a hit for Scotty's Birthday and a Halloween treat :-)