St. Paddy’s Day: Green Velvet

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  Okay, about two months too late.  I apparently wrote out the entire recipe for these cupcakes but never finished the post or published it, so here are my St. Patty’s Day cupcakes.  

Since I’ve done the Irish Car Bomb cupcakes, I wanted to bring a different kind of cupcake to the Southie St. Patty’s Day parade.  Why not a green velvet cupcake in honor of the day?  Lots of people are all about the red velvet and all you have to do is change up the color for a different kind of cake, so why not?

[Inspired by The Cupcake Project]

For Cupcakes (Makes about 24)

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1 Tsp. baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. green food coloring
  1. Preheat oven to 250 and line cupcake tins with 24 liners
  2. Mix together flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl
  3. Beat eggs and sugar together until light and golden
  4. Mix in food coloring and cocoa powder until well combined
  5. Alternate mixing in flour mixture and butter milk until just combined
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 20-22 minutes

For Frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. whiskey
  • Green food coloring
  1. Cream together butter and cream cheese until well combined
  2. Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time
  3. Add in whiskey and mix until just combined
  4. Mix in green food coloring for desired color

The verdict on these cupcakes?  Well even though people told me that they liked them, I wasn’t really a fan of these.  They had a really strange color pattern in the cake with the mixture of the cocoa and the green food coloring.  I just didn’t find the color appealing.  Maybe less cocoa next time?  Also, I wasn’t a fan of the flavor.  Everyone at the parade ate them and when I brought the leftovers to work, they went like hot cakes.  I was actually surprised because I thought they almost had a bitter taste to the cake.  But some people are just into cupcakes and will eat any kind.  I think I tend to be a little pickier than the average cupcake eater.  I did have a drunk Southie woman stop me while we were walking back to the car and offer my money for a cupcake.  I gave her free cupcakes and for some reason my phone number because she wanted to buy cupcakes but I didn’t have business cards, stupid, I know (on a side note I am working on business cards, so if anyone wants to make me a cupcake logo, that all that’s holding me back).

Would I make these again?  I think I would with a few tweeks to the cupcake part.  I would probably use gel food coloring so that I could use less coloring.  I tend to think that that could possibly eliminate the taste I didn’t like because I had to use almost an entire bottle of green food coloring to get the color.  I might also use a little less cocoa powder if I wanted to make sure the color was better in the cake.  I wouldn’t call these cupcakes a failure by any means since they did have some good parts to them.  Try them for yourself, maybe you’ll like them a little more than I did.



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