Blue Velvet Cake Recipe


Baby showers are so fun, aren’t they? You ooh and aah over the cutest baby clothes in pastel shades, ogle over the new fangled baby gear and how much it has changed since your baby showers, and then play shower games that can get just a wee bit crazy when they involve guessing how many inches around the pregnant belly is. They also always have a mighty impressive spread of food.

But have you ever attended a virtual baby shower?

They include all of the cool parts of a baby shower without the measuring tape even making an appearance!

Blue Velvet Cake Recipe


Today, I’m part of a group of friends hosting a fun baby shower for my friend, Jenny of I have a feeling you may have heard of Jenny and her fabulous blog.



Virtual Shower for Picky Palate

She is a genius at creating mouth-watering recipes and her first cookbook is available for pre-order now. I can’t wait to see what all her book has in store. I feel certain it will be fabulous, knowing Jenny! In addition to being a wonder at recipe development, she is as sweet as they come.

Since Jenny is having her third little boy, I knew just what I wanted to bring to her shower. Not any ol’ thing would do.

I made Blue Velvet Cake! From scratch!



Cake is always a favorite part of any shower and I wanted it to have a surprise inside when you cut it.

Unexpected, vibrant, and perfect for a little boy.

Blue Velvet Cake


Blue Velvet Cake has all of the great taste of the more traditional Red Velvet Cake, but with such a fun twist that everyone will remember it.


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Blue Velvet Cake is perfect for a fun twist on the traditional red velvet cake with the same great taste.
Serves: 12
  • ½ cup Crisco
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ounce royal blue gel paste food color
  • 2 drops violet gel paste food color
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour 3 8-inch round cake pans.
  3. Cream together Crisco, sugar and eggs.
  4. Make a paste of food coloring and cocoa and add to mixture.
  5. Add salt and flour with buttermilk and vanilla.
  6. Alternately add soda and vinegar; just blend, don’t beat hard.
  7. Bake 25 minutes.
  8. Cool cake thoroughly before frosting.

Notes: I used Americolor Soft Gel Paste in Royal Blue and Violet.


Now, I hope you’ll visit Jenny and wish her all the best with her upcoming bundle of joy!

Please be sure to check out all of the other amazing things shared for Jenny’s Shower.


Baby Shower Treats

Amanda: i am baker – Special Cake for a “Picky Palate
Amanda: Kevin and Amanda – Cinnamon Blueberry Biscoff Breakfast Cookies
Angie: Bakerella – Baby Faces
Averie: Averie Cooks – Chocolate Banana and Biscoff Graham Bars
Bev: Bev Cooks – Horseradish Deviled Eggs
Bridget: Bake at 350 – Cute as a Button Cupcakes
Cheryl: TidyMom – Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Gaby: Whats Gaby Cooking – Blueberry Buttermilk Cake
Heather: Heather’s Dish – Perfect Pancake Bites
Julie: The Little Kitchen – Mixed Berry Mint Slushies
Kathy: Panini Happy – Baby Oreo Ice Cream Pies
Kristan: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen – Homemade Animal Crackers
Lauren: Lauren’s Latest – Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes
Lori: Recipe Girl – Oreo and Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Maria: Two Peas and Their Pod – Cookies ‘n Cream Sheet Cake
Marion: Sweetopia – Baby Shower Cookie Favors
Marla: Family Fresh Cooking – Blueberry Mint Agua Fresca
Michelle: Brown Eyed Baker – Shrimp Nacho Bites
Naomi: Baker’s RoyaleChocolate and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Trifles
Recipe BoyChocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Oreos
Robyn: Add a Pinch – Blue Velvet Cake
Shaina: Food For My Family – Ginger Plum Preserves
Shelly: Cookies and Cups – Oreo Pop Baby Rattles

From the looks of it, Jenny’s shower is going to be mighty sweet! Enjoy!



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  1. 132

    lillix says

    Hi Robyn! I hope it’s not too late to post this question. 😀 I’ve been asked by a cousin to bake her wedding cupcakes and to turn red velvet ones to teal (her motif). I was quite successful making a blue velvet cake but not quite sure on how to mix the colors to create a teal velvet cupcake. Americolor and Chefmaster is available in my country so should I just use teal then add a dab of violet? Or just the teal? Hope you can make some suggestions. Thanks!

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      You can use butter instead of Crisco, but it will change the structure of the cake slightly. The cake will not be as moist, etc. If you don’t want to use Crisco, you could use coconut oil instead.

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    faith says

    Im a hobby baker and I have tried several of your recipes.

    This one is not quite so good. I found the taste lacking that “velvet” also a bit dry.

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    kimberly says

    Hi Robyn,
    I came across your blue velvet cake recipe on Pinterest, I’m planning on using it for a friends upcoming wedding, theme being seahawks. But I had a couple questions I was hoping you could answer for me.
    -it says to use gel paste, what kind of food coloring do you use, americolor or wilton? -what kind of cocoa did you use?
    Thank you.

  4. 138


    Can I cover the blue velvet cake w / fondant icing? For my sons wedding..royal blue as motiff….tnx

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    buffy61 says

    Baked this for my daughter 23rd birthday. She love it by I felt it was too much blue coloring. Batter was a Lil stiff but it was for my daughter and not me. Scale of 1-10, I will give it a 9.

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    Lisa Broussard Januska says

    I want to know what that recipe is on the cover of Jenny’s cookbook, top left??? Whatever it is, I want to try one!!! I do want to try my hand at the Blue-Velvet Cake too.

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    Caroline Michell says

    I’m an Australian and we don’t have Crisco, can I use butter or we have copha which is a hard vegetable shortening? Needs to be melted!

  8. 144

    christine says

    Just made 2 dozen cupcakes from this recipe. Beautiful color and loved the flavor. I baked them about 18 min but think 16 would have been better. Thanks for the great recipe.

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    Rylan Pearson says

    When you say “Make a paste of food coloring and cocoa and add to mixture.” What do you mean by make a paste of food coloring???????????? I wanna surprise my sister with this cake for her birthday!!!!

    • 147


      What a fun surprise. You will add the cocoa powder to a bowl (I recommend glass so that it isn’t stained by the food coloring) and then pour the food coloring into the bowl with the cocoa powder. You’ll then stir the two together and it will form a thick paste consistency as the dry and the liquid mix together.

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    Brandi says

    I am anxious to make this cake as a base cake of a “taris” for my 16 y/o daughter’s 16th birthday this week. Obviously a Doctor Who fan. Blue on the inside an out will be a nice surprise I think. Wish me luck!

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    Jami says

    I just made this cake for a Indianapolis Colts gameday party and it turned out beautifully! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Quanie says

    Robyn hello! this is beautiful. my question is. how would this recipe differ for a wedding cake

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    Shannon says

    Thank you for your recipe. I made it last night, but made a mistake with the leavening. So I am trying again today because I’m trying to make a 4th of July cake. Its in the oven now. Should it cool completely in the pan or take it out after a certain amount of time to cool on a cooling rack? Thanks again!

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      I like to allow it to cool in the pans for just a few minutes and then turn out and cool on cooling racks until completely cooled before frosting.

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    kathy says

    I think this would be pretty cool for 4th of July. Add some red decorations on top.
    or have a red, white and blue 3 layer cake (each layer a different color)… Wow! It would be a head turner! :)

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    Grace says

    Hi Robyn! I love how you made this wonderful cake blue instead of classic red, how sweet?!
    I have a question Robyn, and my first question is:
    1.) Do I have to use Crisco; can I just use butter or margarine instead?
    2.) Do I really have to use buttermilk or vinegar?
    3.) Which coca do you prefer? What about Nesquik? Or a chocolate coca powder that you can use for chocolate sauce?
    4.) Can I ask just use baking powder instead of baking soda without any baking issues?

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    Grace says

    Hi Robyn! I love how you made this wonderful cake blue instead of classic red, how sweet?!
    I have a question Robyn, and my first question is:
    1.) Do I have to use Crisco; can I just use butter or margarine instead?
    2.) Do I really have to use buttermilk or vinegar?
    3.) Which coca do you prefer? What about Nesquik? Or a chocolate coca powder that you can use for chocolate sauce?

    {{{5 STARS}}}

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    JulieAnna lyons says

    Hi, I just wanted to thank you for the recipe . using bit to make cupcakes for police week :)

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      sweetie2120 says

      I just made this beautiful cake it was so vibrant in color, & my whole family loved it.
      Its almost gone & they wanna know when I’m making another lol :)

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    Gena says

    My son wants this cake for his birthday.. “Soda” is that soda pop or baking soda? Thanks in advance 😀

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      Hi Pamela,
      I’ve not tried navy blue for this cake as I was going for a brighter blue color, but I would love to see photos if you do.

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    Rae says

    I wanted blue velvet for my wedding cake, but everyone keeps saying that it will turn peoples teeth blue…did your cake color anyones teeth?

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    Tiffany says

    Have you ever made these into cupcakes? What changes would I need to make, if any, to the recipe? Any idea how long to bake them?

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    I’m wandering if your recipe for Blue Velvet Cake would be enough to make 12 cupcakes? I am planning on making it this weekend for my nephew’s bday. Would appreciate a quick response.

    Thank you.

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    Melissa says


    I am wondering which of the ingredients are for the frosting. I don’t bake normally so I would need exact instructions to a recipe,but would like to try your recipe for this beautiful cake.


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      Hi Melissa. I didn’t include the frosting in this recipe. You can use your favorite buttercream or cream cheese icing on this cake. Either work well.

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    Mellie says

    I love the way this cake looks, most blue velvet recipes I’ve found haven’t been nearly as blue. I really want to make this for my best friend’s birthday but I was wondering if there is anything I could substitute for the Crisco.

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      Valerie says

      I used margarine instead of Crisco, and the taste was great but I will try Crisco next time just to see if there’s a big difference. Great recipe

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    Adam in Texas says

    Howdy! I’m participating in a work bake off this Friday and rumor has it that my director loves red velvet. Initially, I planned on making red velvet until I found out that my competition was also baking one. Our admin secretary turned me onto an Oprah magazine where a blue velvet cake was featured. I did a search and found myself here! Compared to other recipes, this one looks great and your cake recipe will be the one used for the cake. As for the icing, I’m using just a traditional simple cream cheese icing. This is somewhat of a new territory for me as I don’t bake often, hopefully your recipe will win first prize! It’s not all about personal glory! This bake off is to benefit Cowboy Santa’s so first place, 3rd place, or no place, we’re all still winners! Will come back to share my experience with this recipe! Thanks again!

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    J.Q. says

    This blue velvet cake is gorgeous! I was wondering what kind of frosting you used for it and do you have a recipe for the frosting? I really want to use this recipe for my sister’s new baby boy’s sip & see, thanks in advance if you respond! (:

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    Sarah says

    This is gorgeous! But I’m a little confused as to why so many people seem to think it would only be appropriate for a boy’s baby shower, and even more confused as to why it would be significant at a “gender reveal” party, whatever that is. What does the color of the cake have to do with the baby’s gender?

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        Karen says

        Im making this for my sons 12th Birthday Cake. I have just made a trial run. I’ve got wilton paste colouring, and used a teaspoon on the Royal blue and a dash of the lilac, and it has gone out quite green. Do you know what percentages i need to use for the vivid blue you have achieved.
        By the way, I substituted crisco for butter (I live in France) and milk for buttermilk. And it is delicious! Thank you

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      T. says

      Blue is traditionally associated with boys, and pink is with girls…I don’t know why but I’m sure if you googled it you would find the answer, and a gender reveal party would be a party where the gender of the mother’s baby would be revealed. So, if she was having a boy and the baby’s gender was kept a secret until the cake was cut, people would see the color blue and this would hint at the baby’s gender. The idea would be that someone at the party would catch on to it.

      I soooo can’t wait to make this cake for my hubby’s b-day! It looks delish. Thank you for posting this recipe :)


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