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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes: the delicious recipe for festive green velvet cupcakes

Total time: 40 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 9 people
By Cookist

If you're looking for a fun, easy, sweet recipe you can make this St. Patrick's day, you'll love these festive St. Patrick's Day cupcakes. With their bright green color, they're the perfect festive treat to serve this March 17th.

St. Patrick's Day cupcakes are green velvet cupcakes, which are the same as red velvet but made with green food coloring. They have the same wonderful rich, velvety texture, moist, tender crumb, and subtle chocolate and vanilla flavor.

If you have kids, making St. Patricks' Day cupcakes is a fantastic, fun activity to get them involved in.


How to Make St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

It's super easy to make these delicious, fluffy St. Patrick's Day cupcakes. Start by lining your muffin tin with cupcake liners. Next, whisk the eggs, then beat in the oil, buttermilk, vinegar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Whisk in the green food coloring.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda until well-combined. Slowly beat the oil mixture into the flour mixture. Pour the cupcake batter into each well of the muffin tin. Aim to fill them about 2/3 to ¾ full. Bake the cupcakes for 16 minutes, then take them out and set them on a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth, followed by the salt and vanilla. Beat in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. If it's a bit too thick, add a little milk. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, arrange them on a serving platter, and serve.


How to Decorate St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

To celebrate St. Paddy's Day, decorate your green velvet cupcakes with rainbow candy, chocolate coins, mini marshmallows, or mini Rolos, which look a little like pots of gold.

You can also simply garnish the tops of the cupcakes with green or rainbow sprinkles after you've added the buttercream frosting.


Tips for Making Green Velvet Cupcakes

If you don't have buttermilk, you can use 1 cup of milk and add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to it. This will ensure you get perfectly soft, moist, fluffy cupcakes.

If you don't have cupcake liners, you can simply grease your muffin tin with cooking spray or butter.

Don't overmix the batter – you'll wind up with dense cupcakes.

Your cupcakes are done baking when they're springy to touch and bounce back when pressed down.


How to Store St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

Keep your green velvet cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. For long-term storage, place them in the fridge for up to five days.

for the cupcakes
All-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups
2 cups
Cocoa powder
1 tbsp
1 tsp
Baking soda
1 tsp
1 cup
1 cup
1 tbsp
1 tsp
green food coloring
1 oz
for the frosting
Unsalted butter
3/4 cup
Cream Cheese
8 ounces
Vanilla Extract
2 tsp
1/4 tsp
Powdered sugar
4 to 4 1/2 cups
1 to 2 tbsp


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Beat the eggs. Pour in oil, buttermilk, vinegar, and vanilla extract.

Whisk until smooth.

Add in food coloring.


Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda into a bowl. Whisk to combine.

Beat the flour mixture into the oil mixture.

Fill each well of the muffin tin about ¾ full.

Bake for 16 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool completely.

In a bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in salt and vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar one cup at a time until the frosting reaches your preferred consistency.

Transfer the frosting to a piping bag. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.

Decorate the cupcakes.

Serve and enjoy!


Make sure to use room-temperature ingredients to make your cupcakes.

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