Turn Blue Monday into something to look forward to with these spectacularly blue foods
Blue Monday, the idea that the first day of the third week in January is the most depressing day of the year, is almost certainly, probably, definitely nonsense. But, just in case, we've found the most fantastic blue treats to transform the day. Better to be safe than sorry.
Cookie monster cupcakes
These are adorable. And for something that looks so impressive, surprisingly easy to make. Start with your favourite type of cupcake, like these red velvet ones or these classic cupcakes. Then it's time to go cookie monster crazy. Get the recipe for the frosting here or here.
Blue Smarties KitKat cake
Maybe this one doesn't need a cake. Maybe it can just be a KitKat barrel filled with Smarties. If you must make a cake, you can try one of these great recipes. Then it's just buttercream and KitKats, and then hundreds of Smarties and M&Ms. Perfect.
Blue marshmallow popcorn
Well, why not? This blue marshmallow popcorn is guaranteed to be a big hit with kids, grown-ups, popcorn fans and Smurf enthusiasts.
Blue velvet ruffle cake
Why should red have all the fun? This is a gorgeous blue velvet cake that tastes as amazing as it looks. For extra wow factor you can dye alternate layers of cream cheese blue. Check out the recipe here.
Blueberry rainbow cake
A gooey rainbow mess, topped with blueberries and layered with lemon curd. Yes please. Get the recipe here.
OK. So maybe this one has more food dye than pasta, but it's only for one day a year. And think how excited the kids would be if that came to the table. Check out this rainbow spaghetti below.
Breaking Bad blue cupcakes
How could we miss out television's most iconic shade of blue? This is sugar glass, which is much easier to make than it looks. Plus you get to let it chill in the fridge then get it out and smash it with a hammer. Just like Heisenberg.
Blue monster bars
A perfect birthday treat for any little monsters you might know, no matter how old they are. Get the recipe here.
Blue surprise cake
This one is actually a surprise inside cake for revealing the gender of a baby, but we're all about the blue today. The surprise can just be that there's Smarties inside. Surprise!
Blue world cupcakes
Make these amazing cupcakes in preparation for World Earth Day in April. Check out the recipe here.