As you may or may not know, yesterday — August 18 — was the birthday of the one and only Percy Jackson. (I don’t want to know how old he would be turning this year; please don’t tell me so I can continue to ignore the passage of time.) And this weekend is also my brother’s birthday. (I do know how old he’s turning this year; I’m in denial about the passage of time.)
All that to say, what better way to celebrate them both than with some tasty treats?
Every year my birthday cake, my Easter basket, my Christmas candy canes always had to be blue.
While my family’s not super big on birthday cakes, I do have fond memories of baking cupcakes with my mom to bring in for my class in elementary school. I haven’t made cupcakes in a while, but this was definitely a fun experience. Of course, I could’ve and probably should’ve gone the whole hog and decorated with frosting and sprinkles, but we’re also not really big on frosting, truth be told. (Though maybe we’ll decorate at least one on my brother’s birthday so he can blow out a candle and make a wish. Also take pictures for the grandparents.)
I was really excited to discover the existence of blue velvet cupcakes — I tried out this recipe — and I was correspondingly really disappointed that no matter how much food dye I added, the batter just would not turn blue. A sort of muddy green-gray, yes; blue, no. Then all the color baked out, leaving a plain chocolate cupcake after all my struggles.
So, y’know, something something series of unfortunate events.
Luckily, I’d planned a backup option in the form of vanilla cupcakes, which I was pretty sure would hold their blue color. And they did, thank goodness!
I think it’s her way of saying anything is possible. Percy can pass seventh grade. Waffles can be blue. Little miracles like that.
Yup, I made blue(berry) waffles! (In case no one ever told you when you were a kid reading Percy Jackson for the first time: be very, very careful if you’re going to Google blue waffles. Better yet, just don’t do it.)
It was between these and blue chocolate chip cookies; waffles won out because I’ve already made several cookie posts plus I recently made Alvin Zhou’s 48 hour chocolate chip cookies plus I was wary of another food-coloring failure. These probably could’ve benefited from a bit more food dye, since quite a bit of it cooked out, but I’m reasonably happy with the result.
Now the only thing left is to clean up the kitchen and get all this blue food dye off my hands …
- What does your dream birthday brunch (menu) look like?
- If you were to make all your food one color, which color would you pick?