Whimsical and whacky take over and fill the kitchen. Deliciously simple cupcakes are transformed from ordinary to extraordinarily fun and humorous. Mini cakes, lined with shiny red fluted cups, are baked, cooled, and frosted with a thin layer of frosting made of cream cheese, butter, sugar and a hint of vanilla. At first glance, they appear to be just your ordinary everyday cupcake. Nothing is special about these red, blue, and white creations. Or at least it appears that way, but hidden just beneath the surface, is an incredibly vibrant cake that is not just a simple dull shade of blue. No. No, they are a bright blue that allows them to stand out amongst the crowd. You attach a circular label that reads either “Thing 1” or “Thing 2” on each cake, and they automatically start to evolve. Start to take shape. They come to life. That sense of familiarity shines across your face. The feeling of knowing that these treats are about to take you on a trip through your childhood. You grab a container of blue cotton candy from the pantry. Because let’s face it we always have cotton candy in our pantry, on hand. The excitement ensues. You grab shreds of the edible “cotton” and mound a mane of fluffy hair on each cupcake, and just like that, you are taken on a trip into the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss.
With such classics as Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who, and the ever popular, The Cat in the Hat; it is impossible to run out of inspirations and ideas. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are two of the most easily recognizable characters from the creative mind of this literary and artistic genius. Known by so many as the crazy fun-living duo who are there to entertain, Thing 2 and 1 have become the face of all things Seuss. Mischief and excitement is what they bring with them, along with a Cat who is undeniably persuasive. Boring and dull fly out the window, while delicious and silly treats come spilling in. As it is cupcakes bring so much joy to people, yet when they are transformed into these lovable characters, they become irresistible. How does one start to jump for joy? By eating not just one, but two. Boy oh boy. You start with their hair, and then move on to what they wear. Cotton candy and cupcakes and frosting galore, you know that this isn’t a chore. It’s fun to be amongst Thing 1 and Thing 2, but how can it be true? True that they are deliciously sweet, and that my friends, cannot be beat.
*Side note. The images here depict the recipe cut in half to get one dozen cupcakes. If you’d like more, just follow the recipe written down below as it is the original, in its entirety. Making about 2 and 1/2 dozen cupcakes.*
So let’s start.
Grab a mixing bowl.
Throw in the softened, room temperature, butter.
People often ask me, what’s the best way to soften butter. Thanks for asking. The best way, or rather, the only way I soften butter is by leaving it out on the counter until it comes to room temperature and it is soft enough to mix.
If using an electric stand mixer, attach the paddle attachment. You can definitely make this by hand if you choose to.
I’m using the mixer, so the paddle is being attached.
Turn on low, and whip the butter for a few minutes.
Turn the mixer off, and throw in the sugar.
You don’t want to add it as it is running, because the sugar will fly everywhere.
Turn the mixer back on, and beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Cake Flour Salt
Baking Powder Mix
In small bowl, throw in the cocoa powder.
To that, add the food coloring.
You can most definitely use red food coloring, and make red velvet cupcakes at this point, but since Thing 1 and Thing 2’s hair is blue, I thought blue velvet would be perfect. Plus, it’s a little different than what most are used to.
Whatever color you decide, add it to the cocoa.
I use a wilton’s gel food coloring. I think that the color is better with gels rather than the liquid kind.
Give it a good mix until it is smooth.
Let’s go back to the creaming butter and sugar.
Throw in the vanilla extract.
Mix until creamy and smooth.
Scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl, when needed.
Once smooth, add the cocoa food coloring mixture.
Make sure to get every last bit of it, and incorporate.
Now we’re going to mix in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk.
You want to do this in steps, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
Add a bit of the dry.
And then add some of the buttermilk.
Mix well after each addition and repeat until all the flour and milk are added.
The final step is to dissolve the baking soda.
Pour the vinegar into the baking soda.
I use apple cider but feel free to use white vinegar if that’s all you have.
Allow both ingredients to sit, until the baking soda is fully dissolved.
Add the dissolved baking soda and vinegar to the batter.
Give it one final mix, and you’re done.
Grab a cupcake pan.
You’re going to need red cupcake liners. Why?
Because Thing 1 and Thing 2’s bodies are red.
Line the cupcake pan.
To ensure that each cupcake is the same size and that they all cook at the same time, use an ice cream scoop to measure out the batter into each cup.
Continue scooping out batter until each cup is evenly filled.
Bake in a 350° oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick, inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Rotate the pan halfway through baking to ensure even cooking.
Allow the baked cupcakes to cool, slightly, in the pan.
Transfer to a cooling rack, to finish cooling completely.
As the cupcakes cool, make the frosting.
Start with a clean mixing bowl and a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
Throw in room temperature butter and cream cheese.
Turn the mixer on medium-high and whip until light, creamy, and fluffy about 5-8 minutes.
Powdered sugar time.
Add it the the creamed butter and cream cheese.
A cup at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. You want a thick frosting.
Mix well after each addition.
Pour in the vanilla extract.
Use a rubber spatula to frequently scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
Cream the frosting for an additional 5 minutes.
When finished, it’ll look like this.
If it’s too runny, add more powdered sugar.
Or if its too thick and not spreadable, add a tiny drop of milk.
Okay, the cupcakes are done.
The frosting is ready.
All that is left, is to put these cupcakes together. We have to make them look like Thing 1 and Thing 2.
I put together a sheet of Thing 1 and Thing 2 circles, for you to use.
Feel free to download and print as many as you need.
Grab a pair of scissors, tape and the labels.
Cut out each circle.
Grab a piece of tape and fold it over.
Paste it on the back of the circle.
And stick it on to the front of the cupcake.
There ya go. Thing 1.
Don’t forget about Thing 2.
Place the circles on each cupcake.
Time to frost the cupcakes.
Throw the frosting into a pastry bag and pie out a thin even layer over each cupcake.
And for the final touch…..Thing 1 and Thing 2’s most recognizable trait, their hair!
Blue cotton candy is going to gives them that signature look.
Grab a bit of the cotton candy, and fluff it with your fingers.
Place a handfull on top of the frosting until it resembles a full head of hair.
Continue until each cupcake is topped with blue “hair.”
These cupcakes are perfect for any birthday party or if you’d like to have some fun any night of the week.
Whether you make blue or red velvet cake, everyone will get a kick out of these Dr. Seuss inspired cupcakes.
Go on and make some! Enjoy!
Blue Velvet Thing 1 and Thing 2 Cupcakes
These cupcakes can easily be made into Red Velvet, if preferred.
In fact this recipe is the same as the Red Velvet post.
Yield: 2 and 1/2 dozens
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 ounce blue food coloring
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (heaping)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 1/4 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
- 1 package cream cheese (8oz, at room temperature)
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Blue Cotton Candy
Pre-heat oven to 350° degrees.
In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar, for about 5-8 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
Make a paste of the food coloring and cocoa powder. Add to creamed mixture and mix on low until everything is well combined. Throw in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla extract. Add buttermilk alternating with flour mixture, being careful not to over mix. Starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda with the vinegar. Add it to the batter, and mix.
Scoop out onto prepared cupcake pans, using a small ice cream scoop.
Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 10-15 minutes, rotating the pans, halfway.
Remove from oven and allow to cook on a wire rack. After 2 minutes, remove the cupcakes, carefully, from the pans. Cool completely on wire racks.
Meanwhile blend all the frosting ingredients together and beat on high until light and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Once the cupcakes have cooled frost each, paste the Thing 1 and Thing 2 circles, and top with the blue cotton candy. Enjoy right away.
If not eating at once, don’t top all the cupcakes with the cotton candy. I recommend only placing the cotton candy on top when they are about to be eaten, as it wilts and melts down over time. Enjoy!