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.


Blue Velvet Cake Recipe

Blue Velvet Cake is perfect for a fun twist on the traditional red velvet cake with the same great taste.
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Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 24
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • ½ cup Crisco
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 large 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 kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour 3 8-inch round cake pans.
  • Cream Crisco and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Add eggs one at a time, completely incorporating after each addition.
  • In a small bowl, make a paste of food coloring and cocoa and add to mixture.
  • Stir together flour and salt in a separate medium bowl, set aside.
  • Pour buttermilk and vanilla into a measuring cup, set aside.
  • Alternately, add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture into Crisco/sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl to ensure all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Reduce speed of mixer and stir in baking soda, making sure incorporated into batter. Then, stir in the vinegar, taking care not to beat hard or over mix.
  • Distribute cake batter evenly into the three cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until cakes have gently pulled away from the edges of the cake pans and a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean..
  • Cool cake thoroughly before frosting.
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Notes: I used Americolor Soft Gel Paste in Royal Blue and Violet. You may also want to try a natural-based food coloring.

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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190 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. Thank you so much, Trish. I’m so glad to *meet* you. My cakes are far, far, far from professional looking. I just used an offset spatula to make loose swirlies on the cake. 🙂 Don’t you love my description!?

      1. I do love your description! What I love about the way you iced the cake is that it is free form. The beauty of it is in its simplicity. I heard a phrase recently that I love and I think it applies to this cake- Imperfectly perfect.
        Please accept this as the compliment it is meant to be.
        Thank you for your quick response. Have a lovely day!

  1. Was just wondering what kind of frosting you used on the blue velvet cake. I have made my Grandson one the last two years on his birthday. I used cream chesse frosting on mine. I have to admit yours looks a lot prettier than mine.

  2. Made this recipe in mini cupcakes for a bridal shower and they were a hit! They do give everyone a blue mouth though!! Made cream cheese frosting to go on top :). Thanks!

  3. 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?

      1. 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

    1. 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 🙂

  4. 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! (:

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. 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

  7. Hi,

    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.


  8. Hi,

    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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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?

    1. I was wondering the same thing. As my sister is getting married in July and I am making a blue velvet cake for her wedding cake. I am doing a trial run today and taking it to work so I guess I will see cause I’m not seeing an answer to this question. Hope it turned out well for you.

    1. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  11. 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?

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  12. 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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  13. 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! 🙂

  14. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. I would love to make this cake or maybe cupcakes for my 50th birthday party. My colors are Royal Blue and Gold. Would this turn my guests teeth/mouth blue?

  15. 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!

  16. 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!!!!

    1. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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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