Blue Velvet Cheerwine Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

 

It’s Super Bowl 50, which means you’re gonna see roughly a million and a half posts with cutesy-colored football cakes, “bro” snacks, and other assorted Super Bowl recipes to slowly engorge yourself with while Coldplay lip-synchs something during the halftime show. With all of that action, how could I not get a slice? Look, you all know I’m not the biggest fan of America’s favorite non-stock-car-related pasttime, but I’m willing to get on board with any snack-related activity, particularly when it involves my current home state. So go make a vine of you doing the dab so people can see how terrible of a dancer you are, go make some blue velvet Cheerwine cupcakes, and go Panthers.

What you will need

1 1/2 cups AP flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp)

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 ounce blue food coloring

1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup Cheerwine (cherry coke works if you can't get any)

1/4 cup salt

1/8 teaspoon cherry oil or flavoring

fleur de sel (for garnish)

blue sprinkles (for garnish)

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp)

4 ounces dark chocolate

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1/4 cup (+2 tbsp) heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar

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