Blue Velvet Cupcakes: That’s a Human Ear All Right

I looked for you in my closet tonight…” yes, that’s right ladies and gents, it is that time for another cupcake recipe and this one is inspired by the great, the wonderful, the slightly deranged, David Lynch.

IMG_3647that’s a human ear all right


The other weekend, Cinespia, was playing the cult classic Blue Velvet down at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Growing up in a house where Eraserhead was the  all-time best movie, I knew I couldn’t miss this screening.

So let’s get to it!  This recipe comes from Heather Baird on Bakepedia and makes 24 cupcakes.

Ingredients for the cupcakes:
  • ½ pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon royal blue gel food coloring
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature (you can make your own with soy milk and vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • ½ pound (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare cupcake pans with paper liners, I found these great grass cupcake liners at Michaels.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar; mix until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs 1 at a time, mixing well after each one.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and blue food coloring together to form a paste. I ended up using almost the entire jar called Royal Blue. Add to the butter-sugar mixture and beat to combine.
  5. Combine the flour and salt. Add to the blue mixture alternately with the buttermilk in 3 batches, beginning and ending with the flour.
  6. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
  7. Combine the vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl. Add to the batter. The mixture will bubble and foam. Mix well.
  8. Pour the batter into the cupcake papers, filling each cup halfway. The batter will be very thick.
  9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.


Now for the fun part! I needed some help with the decorations and so I called in a professional. Literally. Joanna is an artistic genius, and she was put to work making the severed ear!

I stayed at home and continued with the less morbid decor, the frosting.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth.
  2. Add the sugar and a few drops of Moss colored food gel and beat on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Once the frosting is made, use a star tip or grass tip (I didn’t have a grass tip, but I wish I did!) and then just make it spiky and tall! Afterwards, crush up some Oreos for that nice dirty effect.



needed to make a single one to give to my co-worker!


Nothing says “Eat Me” better than some dirty grass covered ears!


Pabst Blue Ribbon!




another perfect summer evening


fun in the photo booth


Kyle MacLachlan can do no wrong


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