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Green Velvet Cupcakes

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These Green Velvet Cupcakes are made from scratch and have a moist and fluffy texture.

Topping these delicious cupcakes is a homemade cream cheese frosting. Perfect for birthdays or St. Patrick’s Day!

Green velvet cupcakes piped with cream cheese frosting and decorated with shamrock sprinkles.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting and red velvet are the perfect match and making green velvet or even pink velvet cupcakes is no exception!

The recipe for cream cheese frosting only has 4 ingredients and it’s really easy to make! If however, the frosting is too thick, adding milk 1 tbsp at a time will help make it creamier and easier to pipe.

To pipe these cupcakes, I used a reusable piping bag (less waste) and a round piping tip.

RELATED: Red Velvet Cupcakes (Cream Filled)

A close-up of a green cupcake with a green wrapper and topped with white icing and green shamrock sprinkles.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk is used in this recipe but if you don’t have any on hand, there’s a great substitute and it’s by mixing regular milk and lemon juice. Or, if you don’t have any lemon juice on hand, white vinegar is another great substitution.

After mixing the 1 cup of milk and the 1 tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice, allow it to sit for ten minutes before adding it to the recipe.

Top view of green velvet cupcakes topped with shamrock sprinkles.

St. Patrick’s Day Dessert

These green velvet cupcakes are a great treat for St. Patrick’s Day. Topping these festive cupcakes with either shamrock sprinkles or green sanding sugar makes them great for parties and celebrations.

These White Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies are another great treat to share on St. Patty’s Day.

Five green cupcakes on wooden serving platter decorated with green sprinkles.

Green Velvet Cupcakes

Making these cupcakes is so easy. Combine the wet ingredients together and then slowly add the dry ingredients into the mix. It’s important to not overbeat the batter. If the batter is overbeaten the cupcakes become dense and won’t mound.

Yield: 18 cupcakes

Green Velvet Cupcakes

Green Velvet Cupcakes

These Green Velvet Cupcakes are made from scratch and have a moist and fluffy texture. Topping these delicious cupcakes is a homemade cream cheese frosting. Perfect for birthdays or St. Patrick’s Day!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

Green Velvet Cupcakes

  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 drops green food coloring, or more
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk, *
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • green sanding sugar or shamrocks

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line tins with 18 liners.
  2. Cream together the sugar and butter in a large bowl.
  3. Add the eggs in one at a time. Beat to incorporate.
  4. Add food coloring and vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder well.
  6. Add the buttermilk* to the wet ingredients.
  7. Slowly beat in the flour mixture and mix well.
  8. Fill the liners ¾ of the way full and bake in the preheated oven for about 17 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if they are baked.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and broken down.
  2. Add in the softened butter and beat until it is blended well.
  3. Add in the vanilla and confectioner's sugar.
  4. Beat until smooth and creamy.

Notes

*Substitute the buttermilk for 1 cup of milk + 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar.  Allow to sit for 10 minutes before using. 

You can adjust the amount of food coloring you add.  Slowly add the food coloring to reach your desired tint. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 15.2gSaturated Fat: 10.2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 164mgCarbohydrates: 71.1gFiber: 0.5gSugar: 57.5gProtein: 4.1g

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These Green Velvet Cupcakes are made from scratch and have a moist and fluffy texture.  Topping these delicious cupcakes is a homemade cream cheese frosting.  Perfect for birthdays or St. Patrick's Day! #stpatricksday #stpattysday #green #redvelvet #cupcakes #creamcheese #baking #dessert #holiday #frosting #dessert
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Mike Kourofsky

Saturday 13th of March 2021

Is this recipe enough to bake in a 13×9 pan.

Dana

Monday 15th of March 2021

This cupcake recipe yields approximately 18 cupcakes. A 13x9 cake would need a recipe that makes 24 cupcakes. My red velvet version makes 24 cupcakes and should be enough. The only difference is the food coloring. https://mamaneedscake.com/red-velvet-cupcakes/ Hope that helps!

Pavani

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Love your take on the classic red velvet cupcakes. They are so pretty looking - my daughter would love these :-)

Kacey Perez

Tuesday 17th of March 2020

I love how green these cupcakes are! My kids will love them - thanks for sharing such a good idea!

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