Before anything, I feel a strong desire, like it’s my duty to explain why I chose to bake these little naughty but perfect team inspired cupcakes. I typically cook and bake sans artificial colors and flavors, but I made an exception for a reason: My husband is a big fan of the Seattle Seahawks football team. In fact, we arrived at the airport almost 5 hours early for our flight back home just so we could take in one of the most epic games in NFL history: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, January 18, 2015. There, among the huge crowd of people all crammed in a very small bar, spilling out onto the walkway, we were the lone Seahawks fans – at least for a few quarters! The suspense, excitement and great game plays really drew in the crowds to watch the 6 big screen tvs! In any case, it was one of the most thrilling and amazing games I had ever seen so, long story, long, it was only fitting that I’d create a Superbowl confection. So, this recipe and creation is an anomaly for me and kissofswiss! If your looking for a recipe for red velvet cupcakes, you can easily swap out the blue and black for red food coloring. For the frosting I opted for a buttercream tinted with an outrageous green color to match the green found on the Seahawks jersey! A sprinkle of coconut was added for texture and of course to include the third color of the Seahawks jersey!
Blue Velvet Seattle Seahawks Cupcakes call for blue food coloring! The food coloring is added to the wet ingredients. I then combined the wet with the dry ingredients and voilà, you have blue cupcake batter! To offset a potentially green batter, red and black or violet are used to maintain a true blue hue.
Filling the cupcake liners about 2/3 full ensures the cupcakes don’t bake over and you’ll be able to frost them perfectly!
I like using a Wilton piping bag, coupler and large tip to efficiently pipe the buttercream on the cupcake.
Adding a sprinkle of flaked coconut not only completes the Seattle Seahawks team colors, it also adds texture and another flavor dimension!
In celebration of the excellence of the athletes on the Seahawks team, I’ve showcased some of their jersey numbers! These individuals are amazing individuals not because they are athletes, but because they give back to their community through mentorships, fundraisers, charities, and visits to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
- 2 cups all purpose four, sifted
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon royal blue food coloring or according to hue you want
- dab black food coloring,
- dab red food coloring,
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line muffin pan with paper liners, set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift and combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat eggs for 1 minute.
- Add vegetable oil, vanilla, white vinegar and food coloring, beat until ingredients are evenly incorporated, about 3 minutes.
- With the mixer on slow, add the dry ingredients to wet, and mix just until smooth.
- Fill muffin liners ⅔ full and pop them in the oven for about 20-21 minutes or until toothpick tests done.
- Let cool on cooling rack and frost with your favorite frosting! Drizzle with white chocolate or flaked coconut! Enjoy!
Fluffy and Luscious Buttercream
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2 dashes of salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
Beat butter until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat on medium speed for about 5 minutes until fluffy and spreadable and beautiful. You may need to add more or less cream – adjust to your preferences.