Frozen-Inspired Blue Velvet Cupcakes

My girls live and breathe Disney’s Frozen. My oldest believes that she is Elsa, my youngest — well, she is infatuated with Kristoff. (No really, she is!) And the soundtrack, well I am pretty sure I have listened to it every time I have been in the car since Christmas. 

Her birthday is in March, but K is already planning a Frozen birthday party. That’s a long way away, but in the mean time I thought it would be fun to make some Frozen-inspired cupcakes. And what’s the perfect Frozen cupcake? Why blue velvet of course! 

Frozen Blue Velvet Cupcakes
I’ve never been one to choose a red velvet cupcake, I am a chocolate girl all of the way, but I have to tell you these cupcakes are ah-mazing! Not just a pretty face, they are impressively good (even with my average baking skills). And paired with the buttercream frosting, oh my! 

Blue Velvet Cupcake
Cupcake Ingredients 

  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. dark blue food coloring
  • 1 tiny dab violet gel food coloring
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups confectioners sugar (10 oz)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream 

To give them just the right Frozen look I decorated my cupcakes with Wilton baking cups and  Wilton Sugar Pearl Sprinkles

Tip – The recipe calls for a dab of violet gel food coloring, which I used. It looks pretty, but it is darker than I anticipated. Next time I make Frozen cupcakes, I will forgo the violet.

Inside Blue Velvet Cupcake

Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Insert cupcake liners or spray cupcake pan with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar. Whisk vigorously until well combined and smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.

Divide the batter evenly in the cupcake tray, filling each hole about ¾ fill. Bake for 17-19 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed with your fingertip and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool for a few minutes. Remove them from the pans to cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting

In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer for about 20 seconds. Add the confectioners sugar and salt and beat at medium-low to incorporate the sugar. Increase the speed the medium and beat until filly combined, about 30 seconds, scrapping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Add the vanilla and heavy cream and beat on medium speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium-height and beat for about 4 minutes, or until the mixture is very light and fluffy. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Frost the cupcakes once they are completely cool.

Cupcakes Blue Velvet

The Clean Up

When I bake, I make a crazy mess. I mean seriously. Should it really take this many dishes to make cupcakes? Really?

Dawn Power
I tackle my baking disasters with the power of Dawn Ultra. (And my super awesome husband who washed this giant pile of dishes while I was getting the kids in bed. How awesome?!) Thanks to Dawn Ultra, and its powerful grease cutting benefits with 2x the everyday grease-cleaning power per drop, he made quick work of my mess. Lots of dishes, but a quick clean up means I’m not afraid to tackle another baking project again soon. And thanks to my hubby, now we can relax and enjoy a cupcake — after I put away my pile of clean dishes! 


One lucky winner will receive a baking prize pack that includes: a bottle of Dawn Ultra, Apron, food coloring, Dawn Ultra Blue Cupcakes recipe, mixing bowl, non-stick cupcake tin and a spatula.

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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.


  1. Mary Cloud says:

    My pan I use to bake meatloaf in
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  2. Love this idea. Great inspiration as Emma loves Frozen and her bday is coming up. Thanks!! Oh and featured on Share it Sunday this week.

  3. Danielle Papsis says:

    My crockpot needs the help of Dawn.

  4. cynthia Painter says:

    Any casserole that bakes for a long time with cheese…like mac and cheese.

  5. Baked Ziti, the glass baking dish needs Dawn!!

  6. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    Our kitchen is always the center of attention with a cook in the house. It itself needs the help of Dawn to keep it clean.

  7. Lorena Keech says:

    My lasagna pan almost needs a blowtorch to get it clean.

  8. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…a greasy serving tray that held last nights barbecued chicken needs some Dawn & a bit of elbow grease !

  9. tina reynolds says:

    My baking and casserole pans need help

  10. amanda whiltey says:

    my pots and pans need this!

  11. My lasagna pan needs it!

  12. Erica C. says:

    Would be good for lasagna dishes.

  13. Rosanne says:

    Blueberry pie spilling over

  14. wendi watson says:

    My 14 year old now has an obsession with cooking and baking brownies or whatever he can try out my whole kitchen needs dawn the full size! lol

  15. Breanne says:

    Lasagna dishes

  16. My lasagna dishes always need Dawn ultra.

  17. Kirsten says:

    I could use it any time my husband cooks. :)

  18. Laurie Emerson says:

    My lasagna pan desperately needs Dawn Ultra. I love making lasagna but have to scrub the pan out over and over again as the lasagna sauce spills out onto the pan itself and then sticks to it.

  19. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays – pinned and will be sharing this on Facebook !


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