A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 30, 2013
Blue Velvet Cake

A blue velvet cake is a different-colored version of the popular red velvet cake. The velvet cakes are layer cakes with cream cheese icing. The song “Blue Velvet” (1950) and the movie Blue Velvet (1986) helped to popularize this name.

“Blue velvet cake” has been cited in print since at least 2001. Betty Crocker introduced a popular “Royal Blue Velvet Cake” recipe in February 2011.


Wikipedia: Blue Velvet (song)
“Blue Velvet” is a popular song written in 1950 by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris. Originally recorded and performed by Tony Bennett, who charted with it in 1951, it was remade four years later by the traditional R&B group, The Clovers. Many other artists have recorded the song, most notably, Bobby Vinton, and Lana Del Rey. David Lynch wrote and directed a film of the same name.

Google News Archive
2 April 2001, Madison (IN) Courier, “Fancy cakes pleasers for any celebration” by Lori Hedges, pg. B1, col. 4:
BLUE VELVET CAKE
1 box white cake mix
1/8 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. cocoa powder
1 oz. blue food coloring

CookingLight.com Community
claire797
03-06-2002, 11:02 AM
You can do blue velvet! This article in cooking.com says this woman made a blue velvet cake for an Elvis themed party. Here’s the link:
http://www.cooking.com/recipes/static/recipe3061.htm

White cake with blue icing will not be a velvet cake. Velvet cake is called velvet cake because of the texture. Also, it only has about 2 tablespoons of cocoa in it, so the food coloring is where the major color comes from—not the chocolate.
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Blue Velvet Cake
2 1/4 cups cake flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 bottles (1 ounce each) liquid food coloring, or food coloring paste
1 cup buttermilk or sour cream (not fat free), at room temperature

Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe)

Food.com
Blue Velvet Cake
By Laura70
Added October 07, 2008
Laura70’s Note:
This one comes from the Food Network. Duff from Ace of Cakes was on a Paula Deen show.
Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1/2 lb butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 ounces blue food coloring
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup melted marshmallow
1 lb confectioners’ sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

Betty Crocker
(February 2011—ed.)
Royal Blue Velvet Cake
A new twist on a traditional red velvet cake, inspired by the royal heirloom sapphire engagement ring.
Ingredients
Cake

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs
1 tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa
2 teaspoons royal blue paste food color
1 toothpickful violet paste food color

Frosting
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, August 30, 2013 • Permalink