Last weekend was Victoria Day here in Canada. Which means that it was the first long weekend of the summer. My pregnant cousin happened to be visiting from Calgary (that's in the province of Alberta for those of you who need to brush up on your geography). And since this was probably the last time we would see her before she had the baby, the visit called for a Baby Shower!
She's having a boy, so I thought that some sort of blue cake was in order. I took my Red Velvet cake recipe, replaced the red food colouring with Wilton's Royal Blue food colouring and a dab of Wilton's Violet food colouring to make (are you ready...?) - Blue. Velvet. Cake.
Once baked, the cake was a lovely rich royal blue colour and it even tasted great (I sort of expected it to taste 'blue'). For some reason, while I was sampling the cake, I caught a reflection of myself in the mirror - my tongue was royal blue, my lips were royal blue, even my teeth were royal blue. (French accent - ahhh...horrible!)
So after drinking a tonne of water and brushing my teeth (a couple of times) (...with the fancy whitening toothpaste), I decided to scrap the idea and go back to the original 'tried and true' red velvet cake recipe.
Maybe next time I try to make a blue cake (...I'm sure there will be a next time) I will go for a baby-blue shade instead of trying to poison myself with blue food colouring to make a royal blue cake....