Blue Velvet Cupcakes Recipe with Buttercream Icing

Disclosure CompensationBlue Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Food coloring and I are not friends.  You know that I love to cook and bake, but that darn food coloring trips me up all the time!  Not only is it hard for me to get the exact color I want in my baked goods, but it is also a mess to clean up!!

Today my plan was to make this delicious Blue Velvet Cupcakes recipe with Buttercream Icing inspired by Dawn Ultra – which also comes in a very pretty blue color.  Well, my cupcakes ended up more a shade of icky blue-green and the more I tried to fix the batter color, the worse it got!!  But, I think I was able to salvage the cupcakes by decorating the yummy buttercream icing with blue colored sugar.  The sugar I was able to tint with no problems!!  I think that next time I make this recipe, I may stick with putting the food coloring in only the frosting or the decorations, but maybe you’ll have better luck than I did!

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Note:  Since I didn’t have cake flour, I just took used all purpose flour, using 2 tablespoons less.  I then added in 2 tablespoons of corn starch and sifted together well before continuing with the recipe.

Blue Velvet Cupcakes Instructions


The frosting recipe is sooooo good!!  To create the colored sugar I used on top, I just put a few tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl.  I then added two drops of blue food coloring and stirred very well until the sugar was evenly tinted.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Once the cupcakes were made, clean up was super easy with Dawn Ultra.  It has a super powerful formula that makes the suds last a LONG  time so you can clean two times more dishes while the suds continue to last.  It also has double the grease cutting power per drop!!  Since it’s such a beautiful day today, I was happy that cleanup was so quick and simple, which meant we could get outside and enjoy the day – – and our cupcakes!

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  1. frying pans or pans that have a little bit of burned food in them

  2.' shelly peterson says:

    When I cook casseroles are the hardest dishes to clean.

  3. Thanks for the chance at an awesome giveaway

  4.' Lisa Brown says:

    dishes with dried or baked on cheese

  5. I find big dishes the hardest to get cleaned, maybe because I don’t have a very big sink, so I’m trying to maneuver them to get them all under the water and to aim water in the corners so I can scrub them.

  6.' Cynthia R says:

    I find baking and cooking pans are the hardest to clean.

  7.' Melissa S says:

    The parts for my counter top rotisserie are the hardest to clean. I just had to scrub all of down this morning because I just didn’t feel like it last night.

  8.' Robin Wilson says:

    I find anything with butter or grease. Especially if something has been fried or baked by my husband…then I’m in real trouble. Bless his heart he does try!

  9.' Kristy Jensen says:

    The baked on kind are the hardest to clean and the non stick spray doesn’t come off easily either.

  10. Anytime we fry something up over the stove, the grease and char can be tough to get out.

  11.' Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    The Baking Pans Are The Hardest Dishes For Me To Get Clean

  12.' Cathy Truman says:

    BBQ Ribs pan and chili pot.

  13.' steve weber says:

    the hardest is if you cook meat or bacon and let it get hard from the grease.

  14.' Sue Ellison says:

    Breakfast plates when we have eggs over easy are the hardest fro me to clean.

  15.' Candie L says:

    If the queso dip bowl gets left out overnight. Thank you


    I find anything pastry or pasta related difficult to clean

  17.' chris hoey says:

    Baking pans are hard and then I scratch them

  18.' Melissa says:

    casserole dishes

  19.' carol lewis says:

    Burned on eggs or meat.

  20.' kj skib says:

    Baked on lasagna is the worst!

  21. I find the dish from baked ziti the hardest to clean.
    Thank you!

  22.' Kelly Delrosso says:

    I find dishes with eggs and cheese the hardest to clean.

  23. Pasta Sauce dishes

  24.' Misha Estrada says:

    It’s hard to get stuff that is baked on and dried.

  25. I find baked on cheese hard to remove.

  26.' Shirley Franklin says:

    my delicious, but pesky to clean lasagna!

  27.' Holly Thomas says:

    Lasagna Pan.

  28. Baked on pasta sauce

  29.' ReggieMann says:

    anything with grease and tomato sauce

  30.' katie mitchell says:

    baking dishes the lasagna pan is very hard to get clean

  31.' Tari Lawson says:

    I find burn on food on my non stick pans to be the most difficult to clean.


    Greasy containers are often hard to clean, especially those used to store food leftovers. Dawn does the best job of cleaning greasy containers.

  33.' Dana Rodriguez says:

    Dishes that have greasy tomato based meals cooked in them are the worst.

  34.' Lesley F says:

    Baked on pans like lasagna I find hard

  35.' Amy Pratt says:

    Burned greasy bits on the frying pan make me crazy!

  36.' Laura Tucker says:

    Greasy dishes, and baked on tomato dishes are pretty terrible too!

  37. I find that my baking pans are difficult to clean if I’ve sprayed non-stick spray on them

  38. my baking pans every time I use non-stick spray

  39. I hate washing casserole dishes and big pots and pans.

  40.' Mary Anderson says:

    I find my baked casserole dishes the hardest to clean, especially my lasagna pan.

  41.' TallulahJane says:

    Greasy bacon pans are really hard to clean.

  42.' Jennifer says:

    pans that I cooked meat in

  43.' Jimmy Rector says:

    baking pans

  44. I hate trying to clean residue from tomato products like spaghetti sauce

  45.' Darlene Sullins says:

    Baking dishes and pots and pans seem to be the worse, lol.

  46.' Sarah Hall says:

    I hate dried on eggs…….they are the worst.

  47. Baked pasta dishes.

  48. Glass casserole dishes or anything with cooked on cheese are tough to wash!

  49.' Sharon Kaminski says:

    I find the hardest to get clean are crock pots and baking dishes.

  50.' Linda Lansford says:

    type of dirty dishes I find the hardest to get clean are burnt on grease

  51.' Candace B says:

    I find any baking dish I have made a casserole in to be the most difficult dish to clean, especially if it had cheese in it.

  52.' Jennifer Lachman says:

    I hate washing out the frying pan after making bacon.

  53.' Debbi Wellenstein says:

    My broiler pan when broiling bbq chicken or ribs!

  54.' Mary Beth Elderton says:

    My casserole dish when I bake something cheesy

  55.' Michelle C says:

    The hardest dishes for me are things that are tomato based, such as lasagna or spaghetti. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  56.' Susan Christy says:

    The lasagna pan – that stuck on cheese is sometimes hard to remove.

  57.' Heather B says:

    Cheesy dishes and things with eggs are usually the hardest.

  58.' Kathleen L says:

    Lasagna pans.

  59.' Samantha D says:

    Anything greasy, or smelly. Tomato stained, or dried rice krispied. Ugh, hate washing dishes

  60. The worst ones are the greasy pans or containers that had spaghetti or anything else that’s greasy and stains.

  61. Baked macaroni and cheese is the worst to clean.

  62. Any type of dish that has had a casserole baked in it – so hard to get clean!

  63. Burnt food stuck on the bottom on my roasting pan.

  64.' Soha Molina says:

    I hate baked on grease.

  65.' amber ostrer says:

    By far the hardest is the baked-on nasty greasy crusty crap on the pans after baking stuff like ribs or pork chops or baked chicken or stuff like that. Eek! Even when I use aluminum foil the stuff still sticks. That Dawn would come in handy

  66. Roasting pans are my least favorite.

  67.' Cynthia C says:

    Peanut butter always seems to stick even after washing in the dishwasher.

  68. baked chicken wing dip!

  69.' Casey Everidge says:

    to me spaghetti pans are the worst

  70.' melissa sly says:

    Usually the ones I bake dinner in. However, I find that if they soak a short time in dawn, they clean right up.

  71.' Charles Burbridge says:

    Dishes my older daughter used to cook.

  72.' Brittani says:

    Pots and pans! They get so caked with…gunk! Thanks for the chance to win!

  73. Baking pans are hardest to clean.

  74.' Alicia Wallace says:

    Greasy dishes

  75. I hate washing anything that’s greasy.

  76.' Denise B. says:

    I think any nonstick metal bakeware can be hard to cleaning depending on what is cooked on it.

  77.' Jessica To says:

    I have trouble with my crockpot and baking dishes.

  78.' cyndi br says:

    I find baked macaroni and cheese is the hardest to clean

  79.' Virginia Rowell says:

    I find my pot roast pan the hardest to get clean.

  80. LOVE3570@AOL.COM' ELIZABETH C. says:

    My pots that I make sauce in is very difficult to clean.

  81.' Jennifer Reed says:

    The type of dirty dishes I find the hardest to get clean is things with grease.

  82. Baked casseroles are the hardest

  83.' Christine Watts says:

    I hate trying to clean my bake wear after my husband has cooked something delicious, but messy.

  84.' Hanna Doppelt says:

    When I bake manicotti and the cheese gets stuck to the bottom, it is so hard to clean, especially if forget to soak the casserole.

  85.' Tammy Arnold says:

    My son makes scrambled eggs and always leaves lots of them in the pan. That’s the worst for me.

  86. broiler pans

  87.' xty cruz says:

    When baking with grease and stuff that stick

  88. One of the hardest dishes to clean are forgotten meals (spaghetti, casseroles, and others) in the back of the refrigerator.

  89.' JESSICA COTE says:

    dried eggs on a pan

  90.' Theresa says:

    Anything I bake in!

  91.' Nicole-Lynn says:

    My omelette pan is always so hard to clean. I find the egg really sticks on to the non-stick coating a lot. I bet Dawn would help get it off easily! Thanks for the opportunity.

  92. baked on sauces are the hardest

  93. Baking pans with spray on them.. The spray is the worst to get off baking pans!

  94.' Diane L. says:

    I think my crock pot is the most difficult thing to clean. So now I always use the disposable liners, and this makes it so much easier.

  95.' Sara Cunningham says:

    Any time I bake something I have a hard time cleaning the baking dish.

  96.' tracy webb says:

    I hate to clean grease pans.

  97.' Rebecca Parsons says:

    My casserole dishes are the ones that are hard to wash.

  98.' suzanne says:

    Frying pans and casserole dishes are hard to clean.

  99.' julie murphy says:

    I hate baked pasta mess

  100.' Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    My crock pot or lasagna dishes are hard to clean.

  101.' Mendy Dinsmore says:

    The hardest ones for me to clean are baked on cheese in a casserole dish. I have to let it soak a few days.

  102.' Tiffany W says:

    Baking pans or the crock pot is hard to get clean

  103. Anything with baked on cheese in it.

  104. The lasagna dish is always hard to clean.

  105.' brittney says:

    Anything baked on is a pain in the rear to clean!

  106.' Selinda says:

    Pans that we have made scrambled eggs in are always the hardest!

  107. when I cook a lasagna or something with a lot of cheese that is what I find the hardest to get out

  108.' Margot C says:

    That baked on stuff, like a lasagna pan

  109. Glass dishes with baked-on food that have been sitting in the sink for two days.

  110. I always have trouble with cheese either melter or baked on

  111. I find baking and cooking pans are the hardest to clean.

  112.' Tammy S says:

    I think cleaning the broiler pan after cooking chicken or beef is a major pain.

  113. I struggle the most to clean my mini muffin pan. No matter I bake in it, I can never get those little cups clean without a ton of work.

  114.' Sarah C says:

    Pans with burnt food caked on them.

  115. My big roasting pan is usually the toughest pan to clean whether I’ve roasted vegetables, a whole chicken, or a ham.

  116.' Stephanie Phelps says:

    Anything that has bbq on it seems to be the hardest to me!

  117.' Kelley F says:

    I think my griddle after I use it to cook bacon is the hardest to clean.

  118. Casarole pans

  119.' Kimberly M. says:

    Anything with cheese in it that goes in the oven. (mac and cheese, lasagna, etc)

  120.' jennifer says:

    My cast iron is tough to clean!

  121.' Heather Poindexter says:

    I always have trouble getting my roasting pan clean and my crock pot clean.

  122.' Danielle Johnson says:

    My husband can not fry potatoes in a skillet without burning every potato to the pan. Yuck, they always have to soak forever.

  123.' Mary Cloud says:

    Pans with burnt food in them
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  124.' Allie D. says:

    the kind with baked on messes

  125.' Nikki Strong says:

    Casserole dishes are the worst!

  126.' Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    My stainless steel frying pans are really hard to clean!

  127.' Carla S says:

    Casserole dishes with grease or something baked on are the hardest to get clean.

  128.' amanda whitley says:

    i have a tough time getting my cookie sheets clean.

  129.' Cheryl Smith says:

    The slow cooker is hard to clean!

  130.' Nicole C. says:

    The hardest for me is anything I make that is Italian!

  131. Dishes with baked on cheese are the hardest.

  132. Casserole dishes all the time , get baked in really bad.

  133.' Christine says:

    The baked on kind are the hardest to clean

  134.' Kelley Chapman says:

    The hardest to clean are dishes with baked, dried cheese.

  135. Cooked on egg is hard to get off sometimes

  136.' Natalie Brown says:

    Hello! The hardest dishes to clean are the dogs bowl and breakfast plates with egg on them. Thank-you for the chance in this giveaway!

  137. Isn’t red velvet just chocolate cake dyed red? I wonder if blue would work with chocolate

    • It is usually a devil’s food cake, but made with vinegar and buttermilk. And then the red dye too, of course.

  138.' Galina Voytenko says:

    I would have to say pans are the hardest

  139. Baking Pans Are The Hardest Dishes To Get Clean.

  140.' Lisa Romine says:

    The hardest ones to clean are ones that haven’t been soaked immediately and have dried food on them.

  141.' Debra Hall says:

    anything thats used after my son cooks

  142.' Amanda E. says:

    Pans that had spaghetti made in them and was left to dry overnight.

  143.' natalie yeoman says:

    i would say the lasagna pan

  144.' kelly nicholson says:

    What type of dirty dishes do you find the hardest to get clean?

    stuck on food like rice

  145.' friederike graedener says:

    I would have to see that my loaf pans, casserole dishes and by far crock pot inserts are the worst to clean. Largely, due to their bulkiness. Thank you for the review and giveaway

  146.' Rebecca says:

    Grease from baked chicken can be hard to get off if I forget to lay down foil first.

  147.' Elizabeth says:

    Egg pans are the bane of my existence! We use stainless steel, NOT nonstick pans, and I really hate scrubbing them.

  148. Greasy dishes are the hardest to get clean.

  149. I hate cleaning ALL baking dishes. I feel like anything that goes in the oven because infinitely more difficult to clean

  150.' jessica holybee says:

    Dishes with stuck on cheese are the worst .

  151.' saralynns2 says:

    homemade mac and cheese is always a challenge to clean up!

  152.' Birdiebee says:

    I find that baking pans that have had cheese and sauce cooked in them in the oven are the hardest to clean.

  153.' mary jacobowitz says:

    Any baked pasta dishes with cheese are hard to clean.

  154. Cooked eggs .or cheese are so hard to get off

  155.' Mihaela Day says:

    I find everything with tomato sauce hard to clean

  156.' Belinda Shaw says:

    Mashed potatoe pots.

  157. Casserole dishes. They are not fun at all! I don’t mind the pots, I just add water and boil them to loosen up the gunk.

  158.' Carolsue says:

    The broiler pan is the hardest, especially if something has burned onto it

  159.' D Johnson says:

    The dishes that are hardest to clean are the pots and pans that hubby cooks in. Doesn’t matter what it is, it always seems to be stuck/burnt on the pans.

  160.' Serena Powell says:

    Pans that have burnt cheese on them are really hard to clean.

  161.' Gayle gildehaus says:

    Dishes that my kids use between dinner and breakfast.Always something stuck on in the morning.

  162.' Russell Moore says:

    The hardest thing I ever had to clean was a pot that pinto beans had scorched (burned) in.

  163.' Danielle says:

    The broiler pan is the grossest.

  164.' Lisa V. says:

    Melted cheese on pots and pans is the hardest.

  165.' Karen T Gonyea says:

    Anything with cheese – lasagna, taco dip, etc !!!

  166. It has to be casserole dishes, especially if it involves cheese

  167.' Rebecca Williams says:

    Anything I’ve cooked in the oven that had baked on food stuck to it.

  168.' Jill Myrick says:

    I find baked on dishes such as casseroles and baked spaghetti the hardest of all to clean.


  169. Greasy dishes, like pork ribs or pork chops, are the hardest and yuckiest.

  170. My casseroles often have crusty edges from some form of cheese, so they are my biggest dish washing challenge.

  171.' Zenetta says:

    I find it hard to clean eggs out of my cast iron skillets.

  172.' Stephanie Galbraith says:

    Anything my kids eat on seem to be hard to clean.

  173.' Lorena Keech says:

    Baked on food, like lasagna, on casseroles is murder.

  174.' Susan Smith says:

    Pans with food caked on them.

  175.' Stephanie Baker says:

    We eat a lot (a LOT) of cheese in our house. We have to start the soaking process as soon as we are finished cooking/eating so it doesn’t harden making it difficult to clean.

  176.' jeanine feldkamp says:

    baked on chicken

  177.' MARIA simon says:

    has to be the baked on stuff.. that is so hard.. but my dawn always comes through 😉

  178.' Paula Michele Hafner says:

    I find casseroles that have spaghetti sauce and cheese are some of the hardest to clean.

  179.' Brittney House says:

    I have a hard time with pasta dishes.

  180.' krystal wethington says:

    Red sauce because it seems to leave stains.

  181.' Brenda Elsner says:

    I find pots and pans the hardest to clean.

  182.' Erica B. says:

    Lasagna dishes are bad.

  183.' Terri Broome says:

    All of them. I hate doing dishes. but the worst is that left over rice pot from last night? Did I cook rice or concrete? But a little hot water and a little Dawn and 10 minutes later it just wipes off.

  184.' Allison Kusel says:

    The pan after cooking lasagna. All that crusty burnt on stuff

  185. The hardest to clean are muffin tins!

  186.' Rachel Ellis Freer says:

    My slow cooker is a pain to clean especially after making anything with a red sauce.

  187.' s riches says:

    A pan that has burnt food on it the hardest.

  188.' Amanda G. says:

    Anything burnt on in pans.

  189. The hardest thing I find to wash is anything that easily gets caked on, like spaghetti sauce.

  190.' Penny Snyder says:

    Lasagna casserole dish!!!~

  191.' Laura P. says:

    When oil gets burnt to pans and when spaghetti sauce stains the plastic containers.

  192.' April Brenay says:

    dried on egg is the worst! can’t stand it!

  193. Burnt pans!

  194.' Chaz May says:

    anything to do with red sauce

  195.' amy deeter says:

    baking and cooking pans are the worse

  196.' Kelly Grant says:

    when the dishes have caked on cheese

  197.' Jennifer Jozwiak says:

    usually my casserole dish is the hardest to clean.

  198.' Francine Anchondo says:

    burnt food in the pan .

  199.' Peggy Rydzewski says:

    Dried eggs have always been a issue for me.

  200.' Eric Rathbun says:

    Silverware…so much of it, especially forks with dried stuff

  201. I hate washing the pan after making scrambled eggs.

  202.' Christie Kammerer says:

    Pans like those really really heavy ones.

  203.' Rebecca Lock says:

    meat loaf pans

  204. Casserole dishes after i’ve baked in them. even after soaking I still have to use a lot of elbow grease to get it clean.

  205.' tina reynolds says:

    For me it is any kind of pasta or casserole such a pain in the butt to clean up after.

  206. Baked beans is the worst!

  207.' Valeen N says:

    Scrambled eggs or marinara sauce that is dried on about kill me!

  208.' Betty C says:

    The hardest to clean are the baking dishes that have sauces and cheese that almost feel like they have baked into the pan itself.

  209.' Sarah Jestings says:

    Anything that my husband cooked in because the only setting he knows is high.

  210. Cleaning up the mini muffin pans is the pits – LOL too many spaces to clean! LOL

  211. Before I started using glazed stoneware I hated to wash casserole dishes that I had baked scalloped potatoes in.

  212.' Karen Drake says:

    Casserole dishes with baked on food are the toughest to clean.

  213.' Jessica Rose says:

    Big pots are always a real pain for me

  214.' Barb Stenby says:

    I find greasy pans to be the hardest. It gets on everything in the sink.

  215.' jules m. says:

    any pans used by my daughter. she somehow gets the mess all over the sides of then pan and the bottom, and then refuses to soak it. so theres some hard crusted on stuff on everything 🙁

  216.' kathy pease says:

    My worst is lasagna it is so hard to get off the pan without using a scraper

  217. Casserole dishes! THe baked on mess is always hard to get off! Thanks!

  218.' Denise Donaldson says:

    spaghetti dishes

  219.' Kayla Bennett says:

    Ones with burnt food stuck to them!

  220. Cheese dip bowls or eggs!

  221. The hardest dishes for me to clean are the ones I bake in the oven. Scalloped potatoes, casseroles, anything that gets a cheesy crust is a nightmare to clean.

  222.' Tram Le says:

    Baking pans and frying pans are difficult to clean.

  223. Casserole dishes are the hardest to wash in our home.

  224.' Breanne says:

    Lasagna pans

  225.' Alex W. says:

    Anything with oil on them!

  226.' Julie Lutz says:

    anything thats been baked. I hate scrubbing off baked on food

  227.' Samantha says:

    pasta dishes! the sauce hardens up and sticks to the pan!

  228. GREASY dishes and pots – can never seem to get all the grease!

  229.' Rachael G. says:

    I usually have trouble with baked on cheese. I like to let those pans soak for a while, and then scrub them.

  230. Any pan that I accidentally burned something in!

  231.' Tara Huff says:

    I hate cleaning caked on pasta sauce!

  232.' Beverly Metcalf says:

    I think the pots and pans are the hardest to clean. Thanks for having this contest.

  233.' Angela Winesburg says:

    Baked on cheese is horrible

  234.' Buddy Garrett says:

    I find the ones with baked chicken dishes are the hardest to clean.

  235. Anything with caked on cheese is hard to clean.

  236.' Trisha McKee says:

    Lasagna dishes or any type of pasta are the hardest to clean!

  237.' Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…greasy BBQ utensils & casserole pans with baked-on food !

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