Sunday, February 19, 2012

PURPLE VELVET CUPCAKES FOR FAT TUESDAY





We celebrate Fat Tuesday at my workplace with cupcakes. Red velvet cupcakes have been on my brain since way before Valentine's Day but I never got around to making them. 
Purple Velvet cupcakes popped into my head today, and I really thought it was an original idea. I knew I could use the red velvet cupcake recipe from McCormick's and just change the red coloring to purple (mix blue and red together). I did a Google search just for kicks, and found others had made "my" purple velvet cupcakes.  


Anyhoo, I used McCormick's recipe for the cupcakes and the buttercream frosting. Sprinkled the frosted cupcakes with the the colors of Mardi Gras: Purple for Justice, Green for Faith and Gold for Power. Added a few chocolate sprinkles. I wish I had taken a picture of the batter - it was such a pretty purple


Just in case you didn't know, Mardi Gras Carnival season begins on January 6th, the Twelfth Night, Epiphany or Kings Day and ends on Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the 40-day (not counting the 6 Sundays) season of Lent (or 46 days before Easter).


Thanks to Cuisine Kathleen who showed her blingy napkin rings from the Christmas Tree Shoppe last week. I was shopping on Saturday and found some. 


I didn't have to work for these beads. Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans sure does sound like a lot of fun though.




We keep our celebration very simple. I set up a typical New Orleans oyster bar, saltine crackers and a condiment tray for you to make your own sauce with. This usually contains ketchup, hot sauce, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce. We always put our raw oysters on a bed of crushed ice.






Debbie

23 comments:

  1. Oysters look great, wish I could have some. Lovely celebration, I think your purple velvets look so pretty and delicious! Table looks great, very festive.

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  2. Hello!

    Thanks so much fro your visit!!
    What a delightful Mardi Gras table you have set!! Everything looks so vibrant and cheerful- true in the festival mood!! Love it!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  3. Hi Debbie~ Your table is so festive with your new napkin rings, masks & tulips! I LOVE your Purple Velvet cupcakes~ what a delicious treat for your co-workers!

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  4. Hi Debbie--as ALWAYS, a beautiuful post! We are headed down to New Orleans this weekend for 10 days (sadly, on business, not Mardi Gras), and your post is helping me to get into the spirit...our 4th visit to NOLA..we always enjoy King Cake, Oysters and Grits...truly one of our favorite places! Thank you for your wonderful blog!

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  5. You will have to make them again and post a picture of the batter..it sounds interesting

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  6. I think your purple cupcakes turned out beautifully! The oyster bar is impressive too. I love your table. xo

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  7. Debbie, your cupcakes are beautiful and I'm sure they are delicious. It's disappointing to have a great idea and then learn someone beat you to it. I guess it's true that there is nothing new under the sun! Well, I bet your cakes tasted better and were prettier. Thanks for showing them at my party.------- Shannon

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  8. The oysters look like restaurant quality! The entire table is gorgeous...what drinks did you have standing by?????

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  9. Hi Debbie!

    Your table is so festive with all those vivid Mardi Gras colors. The only thing that is not to my taste is the oysters... literally!

    I see you mentioned that you will be joining my Bunny Hop Party... the linky is up and running now.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  10. Hi Debbie,

    Your cupcakes look delicious. Love all the festive colors...looks like a great time! I am your newest follower. Hope you will visit Magnolia Cottage.

    Lisa

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  11. The cupcakes look great and so does your table. Glad you found the napkin rings too!
    Purple would be good for Easter too. Purple cupcakes and yellow icing, the kids would love it!

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  12. I love all your pretty colors and I'll bet the cupcakes were delicious. Now, I would like to insert here...never, in a kilzillion years, will I eat a raw oyster. OMYGOSH...Mr. Sweet loves them to pieces, tho. :))
    Your table looks stunning...:)

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  13. What colorful cupcakes! I saw in your profile how you're a 46er and I think that's so cool! My husband is jealous. I'm following you back!

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  14. Hi Debbi, your cupcakes look delish, I've always wanted to make red velvet cupcakes but have never gotten down to it. Your table setting looks fun and festive. Thnks for dropping by my blog. Hope you have a great day.

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  15. Debbie, your table looks so festive and pretty, and yum! Your food sounds and looks delicious! Love the idea of the purple velvet cupcakes. How clever of you. I would never have thought to do that. laurie

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  16. Well I think you're brilliant to think of purple velvet cupcakes, sprinkled in king cake colors. I'm sure your co-workers were delighted. It's been a great year for oysters here in the Mid-Atlantic!

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  17. The cupcakes are a novel idea and the table looks so fun and festive! I've spent many Mardi Gras seasons in Louisiana and it's soooo much fun. Nothing like the food there! I adore oysters on the 1/2 shell!

    I'm a new follower and look forward to more of your creativity. Stop by and say hi when you can ~

    Pat

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  18. The purple velvet cupcakes look awesome! Lucky co-workers! Love your table too, fabulous! XO, Pinky

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  19. Love the purple cupcakes and your beautiful Mardi Gras table!

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  20. Definitely need to try some purple velvet cupcakes. I made a purple velvet cake for my own birthday two years ago. Everyone thought I was crazy! Of course, I am!!! Your table setting is beautiful! I have to say I am in love with your fabulous table base! After I saw that, my eyes couldn't move anywhere else! Over the top fabulous!

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  21. Love your tablescape. My husband would really enjoy the oysters! He loves them!

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  22. What a delightful Mardi Gras table. Cute idea for the cupcakes. It all looks terrific on that wonderful CC table! ~ Sarah

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