{Red, White &} Blue Velvet Cupcakes Recipe #MyDawnSummer

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This weekend was so super busy for us.  In the midst of 4 soccer games, a baseball game and a dance recital, we had one kid at a slumber party and Father’s Day to celebrate, plus Flag Day and Softball and Baseball night at the New Britain Rock Cats. It’s summer! Summer’s pretty hectic for most of us- we’re short on time and the last thing we want to do after we make a fun recipe (like this blue velvet cupcakes recipe) to bring to a cookout or party is spend our precious time cleaning- yuck! Dawn has always been my go-to detergent- there just isn’t another product I’ve found that can handle tough foods on dishes like Dawn. I need Dawn because I tend to um… well, make a big mess when I cook or bake. Just wait. You’ll see…

{Red, White &} Blue Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

 

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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups cake flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil 1 cup buttermilk at room temperature (If you don’t have buttermilk, put 1 TBSP vinegar or lemon juice (I usually do lemon juice) in a measuring cup.  Fill to 1 cup line with milk.  Voila. Buttermilk!) 1 TBSP Dark Blue food coloring 1 tiny dab violet gel food coloring 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp vinegar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350- spray a nonstick spray on your cupcake pans or put your cupcake wrappers into the pan Sift together dry ingredients in medium mixing bowl In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry.  Whisk briskly until all ingredients are combined and smooth (I used my mixer, zero issues) Divide batter into cupcake pans, filling each 3/4 full. Bake 17-19 minutes Cool for a few minutes, remove from cupcake pan, allow to cool completely before frosting. Makes 16-20 regular sized cupcakes (Recipe from Tracey @ Tracey’s Culinary Adventures) buttercream-frosting-recipe Check out our buttercream icing recipe! blue-velvet-cupcakes-messy-pan Now, I make a big mess when I bake. I do. I wish I didn’t, but this is SO COMMON in my house and I get all mad at myself because I don’t like doing dishes. Mess, mess mess. And with me not using cupcake wrappers, I’m always needing to clean things. I don’t like doing a lot of bakeware items in my dishwasher, so my two hands do most of those dishes. When I wash those dishes? Dawn.  Dawn Ultra, actually. blue-velvet-cupcakes-mess   A little dab of Dawn (Ultra) goes a really long way for cleaning.  It also makes short work of those pesky dishes so we can go enjoy ourselves with whatever culinary delights we’ve prepared for our friends and family.   Less is more- at least where washing dishes is concerned.  With Dawn Ultra, a little goes a long way for cleaning and cutting grease- which means it makes short work of a tedious task so you can get back to enjoying your friends and family and not spending a lot of time on cleanup. dawn-ultra-prize-pack-giveaway

One reader will win a Dawn Ultra prize pack!

4.9 from 8 reviews
{Red, White &} Blue Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
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Serves: 18
 
Buttercream frosting and a strawberry make these blue velvet cupcakes a great patriotic dessert!
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk at room temperature (If you don't have buttermilk, put 1 TBSP vinegar or lemon juice (I usually do lemon juice) in a measuring cup. Fill to 1 cup line with milk. Voila. Buttermilk!)
  • 1 TBSP Dark Blue food coloring
  • 1 tiny dab violet gel food coloring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350- spray a nonstick spray on your cupcake pans or put your cupcake wrappers into the pan
  2. Sift together dry ingredients in medium mixing bowl
  3. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry. Whisk briskly until all ingredients are combined and smooth (I used my mixer, zero issues)
  5. Divide batter into cupcake pans, filling each ¾ full.
  6. Bake 17-19 minutes
  7. Cool for a few minutes, remove from cupcake pan, allow to cool completely before frosting.

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dawn. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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  • Thanks for the giveaway…we buy all our fresh vegetables on the weekends and wash, chop, prep, etc. them when we get home; when we are cooking during the week everything is ready !

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  • I clean as I go and use great products such as Dawn!

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  • I use my crock pot a lot, cook meat enough for 2 meals. I also do a lot of cooking for the freezer.

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  • Cleaning up as I go, so cleaning doesnt turn into a major malfunction

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  • I plan my meals for the whole week!

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  • I try to prep in advance.I chop veggies and freeze them as well as brown ground beef before freezing it.

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  • I try to prep as much as possible at one time.

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  • I do a lot the night before if I can.

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  • I like to chop up extra vegetables to use during the week.

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  • I get all the ingredients for a recipe out and ready before I begin cooking.

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  • I wash and clean as I go so there is not big mess at the the end

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  • I “wash as I go”! I don’t know that it really saves time. I suppose it takes the same amount of time to actually get them done, but it sure is nice to have everything cleaned up when I’m done playing in the kitchen instead of having all that to look forward to when I’m ready to be done!

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  • Always start off with no dishes in the sink! Hate just piling them in the sink

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  • I try and save time in the kitchen by making two meals at once so I can just heat up the next night!

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  • I try to keep the cupboards organized.

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  • I always clean up as I go along makes things so much easier

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  • I have 2 little bowls on the counter one for trash the other for compost.

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  • I have hubby wash dishes while I’m making dinner!

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  • I always clean and wipe down as I dirty things in the kitchen so that all I have left when i finish cooking is the last dish.

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  • I wash dishes as I go so they wont pile up.

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  • I let the dishes soak before washing them.

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  • i save time by cleaning up after i finish preping and also i make a list in advance of what ill be needing and put in a section for that meal

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  • I try to clean up as I go along and choose recipes that are quick and simple .

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  • The biggest timesaver is to plan and prep before you start cooking.

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  • I try to prep things ahead of time

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  • One way I save time is by prepping ingredients the day before.

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  • I use my crock pot a lot during the week.

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  • I get all of the cooking tools, ingredients, pots, pans, etc out a head of time so it makes things easier and on top of that I clean as I go. I’m kind of a clean freak

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  • I save time by prepping extras of things like cooking an extra pound of ground beef and freezing it when I need to cook some for a specific recipe

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  • I try to prep things ahead of time when I cook!

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  • I like to use the Rachel Ray garbage bowl technique. It saves a lot of time.

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  • I save time in the kitchen by planning ahead. I try to plan meals for the week on Sunday and do as much prep work as I can ahead of time so I am not running around like a crazy person after work every night.

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  • Line pans with aluminum foil so there won’t be such a mess to clean up
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  • i save time by washing dishes as i go

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  • I do my dinner prep while the kids eat lunch. Saves time when my husband gets home so we can spend more time together and also help with cleanup as I have to do it anyway after lunch.

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  • I clean as I cook. That way things don’t get piled up and counters cluttered.

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  • I do a lot of meal prep on monday and prepare anything i can ahead of time, like chopping fruits and veggies, ect!

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  • I do marathon cooking sessions to save time during the week.

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  • I save time by cleaning up as I go or asking hubby to help and we work together.

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  • I try to clean up after myself as I go.

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  • When I cook, I make enough for two meals to save time later.

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  • I like to save time in the kitchen by lining my casserole dishes with foil so when I have to clean up and wash dishes there isn’t a caked on black mess like when cooking lasagne and creamy casserole dishes and I use sandwich bags to grease my cake pans, casserole dishes etc. so I don’t have more utensils to wash in the end

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  • I soak greasy items in dish soap for 10 min while food is still fresh

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  • I load the dishwasher as I go when I’m baking. That way I don’t have a big mess to clean up when I’m done.

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  • I get out every thing I need to save time in my kiction that way I have it when I need it.

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  • While I’m cooking and waiting for it to finish, I wash the dirty dishes at the same time.

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  • The best way I know how to save time in the kitchen is to get someone else to cook! Or at least help. We also have a convection oven, but I don’t love it as much as I’d hoped I would. :/

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  • I try to clean up dishes while I’m waiting so there isn’t a huge pile at the end.

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