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Day 298 – Darth Velvet Cupcakes

25 May

Today I’m bringing out a bit of my inner geek.  I hide it pretty well…most of the time.  But, today happens to be the 37th Anniversary of Star Wars (Episode IV: New Hope).  37 years ago today we met Luke, Leia and Han for the first time.  Epic, right? Well, I thought a celebration was in order.  Especially when I found these Darth Velvet Cupcakes (recipe below from Average Betty).

Black-Cupcake     Mini-Black-Cupcake

The cupcakes are squishy and moist. They’re really delicate with a slight crunch on top. They have a sweet, slightly chocolate taste. Not strong, just a light cocoa.


The frosting is smooth and creamy. It has a sugary cream cheese flavor. Simple, sweet vanilla taste.

Darth-Velvet-Cupcake     Mini-Darth-Velvet-Cupcake

The cupcakes are smooth and creamy. They have a sweet, slightly cocoa flavor. Mostly, they’re just sugary sweet. A lot like a red velvet cupcake. But…well…black. The color is a bit deceiving. I really felt like I was about to bite into something dark and rich, and it isn’t. Just light a sweet.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 19



Darth Velvet Cupcakes (recipe from Average Betty)

Darth Velvet Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBSP unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 TBSP concentrated black food/icing coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar, sifted
  • 1 TBSP concentrated black food/icing coloring

For directions visit Average Betty.

*Tomorrow: Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes*

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