Green Velvet cupcakes

Happy Saint Patrick day!

Here’s my little homage to the Irish.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Green Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tsps. green food coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 package of softened cream cheese
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag powdered sugar (2 lb. bag)
  • Milk as needed

Green buttercream icing

  • ½ cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  • 2 cups (500 mL) icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. (30 mL) milk or cream
  • Green food coloring (preferably paste type)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 ºF (180 ºC) Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.

Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together really good with another wire whisk.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.

Pour into cupcake pan and then drop the pan on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

After about ten minutes, remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack before applying the frosting.

I made two types of frosting, the classic Cream Cheese Frosting that always accompany the red velvet and a simple green buttercream icing, which my children prefer.

For the cream cheese frosting, cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.  Gradually add in powdered sugar and continue mixing.   I add in milk as needed to get to the desired consistency.

For the green buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until creamy. Add the icing sugar gradually, in 3 or 4 additions, beating very well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add the milk or cream, 1 tbsp. at a time, beating well, until the icing is creamy and spreadable. Add the food coloring, beating it in gradually until the icing is tinted the way you like it.

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Source: Love from the oven

Enjoy!

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31 thoughts on “Green Velvet cupcakes

  1. Food,Photography & France March 17, 2012 at 13:37 Reply

    I can’t do Irish today. We’re (the English) playing rugby against them in a very competitive blood match. The cakes do look good though, apart from the shamrock:)

    • Bluejellybeans March 17, 2012 at 17:32 Reply

      Hi Roger! Thanks for commenting on this post, despite the match. I just have one thing to say: God saves the Queen! Good luck with the match

  2. Mad Dog March 17, 2012 at 13:47 Reply

    The cakes are weird and amazing – almost like nori seaweed!

    • Bluejellybeans March 17, 2012 at 17:28 Reply

      Hi MD! Well that’s a cupcake flavor I don’t want to try… Thanks for your comment ;)

  3. Chica Andaluza March 17, 2012 at 14:03 Reply

    I have no Irish connections but my two best friends are both half Irish so I really should whip up a batch of these gorgeous cakes to celebrate with them across the miles!

    • Bluejellybeans March 17, 2012 at 17:10 Reply

      Hola Tanya! Bienvenida. Estos son muy monos y están muy ricos, de verdad. Pero me temo que el mundo no está preparado para la comida verde… Mis hijos seguro que no ;)

  4. ChgoJohn March 17, 2012 at 14:58 Reply

    If we can have red velvet, why not go green? These are really something, Giovanna, and a great way to celebrate the holiday. Have a happy St. Pat’s Day!

    • Bluejellybeans March 17, 2012 at 17:01 Reply

      Thanks John! Happy St. Pat’s day to you too :) Red, green, they both taste delicious…

  5. rumpydog March 17, 2012 at 15:17 Reply

    Those sound yummy. But I have this thing about the green…. I guess my mind expects them to taste like turnip greens. LOL

    • Bluejellybeans March 17, 2012 at 16:52 Reply

      Hi Rumpy! Thanks for your comment. Yes, green is a conflicted colour ;)

  6. Just A Smidgen March 17, 2012 at 16:04 Reply

    Very cool! I knew there would be lots of green treats today and couldn’t wait to see what people come up with.. you didn’t disappoint!! Love the idea !!

  7. Fergiemoto March 17, 2012 at 17:13 Reply

    Green cupcakes is a new one for me. But they do look yummy!

    • Bluejellybeans March 19, 2012 at 00:11 Reply

      Thanks Fergie!
      They were a novelty at home too :)

  8. Tom Baker March 17, 2012 at 22:36 Reply

    Mr. Ripley here. I love velvet cupcakes and the frosting mostly. Fill the cups with the frosting and top it with the cake! Really they both are good and green is a first for me. I’ve had purple, red and blue! Good thinking Gi.

    If I let you call me Mr. Ripley you cannot let anyone else call you Gi. Cool?

    • Bluejellybeans March 19, 2012 at 00:14 Reply

      Hi!
      How’s the peeping? ;)
      Yes, the frosting is what makes these cakes superb. You made me laugh with the Mr. Ripley/Gio situation… are we exclusive now or what?

  9. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide March 18, 2012 at 00:07 Reply

    What a cool idea! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  10. bitsandbreadcrumbs March 18, 2012 at 02:00 Reply

    Green Velvet Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s day, what a great idea! They are really so pretty and festive looking!

  11. thecompletecookbook March 18, 2012 at 09:00 Reply

    What lovely cupcakes for St Paddy’s day. :-) Mandy

  12. niasunset March 18, 2012 at 16:31 Reply

    Beautiful cupcakes for beautiful day… Thank you dear Giovanna, with my love, nia

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  14. glutenfreezen March 19, 2012 at 00:15 Reply

    LOVE the green! :)

  15. sportsglutton March 19, 2012 at 15:25 Reply

    I could have used one of these cupcakes on Saturday, as I didn’t eat anything green. Shame on me!

    • Bluejellybeans March 20, 2012 at 14:37 Reply

      Not even a salad? Shame on you! ;)
      Thanks for stopping by Jed.

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