Green Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

by Linette

I have a spring twist to share with you today on red velvet cake! Have you ever tried green velvet cupcakes? The recipe is very similar to red velvet, but instead of red food color you use green. I made some green velvet cupcakes this weekend in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! I topped them with cream cheese icing and green sprinkles. They looked very festive, and they were a big hit with my family, so I thought I’d share!

green velvet st patricks day cupcakes

Ingredients:

Green Velvet Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons kelly green food color
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1-8 ounce package of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ½ cup of butter (room temperature)
  • 4 ¾ cup confectioner sugar
  • 3-4 teaspoons of water

1. Preheat your oven to 350`F.

2.While the oven is heating mix up the green velvet cupcakes. Sift together the flour, baking soda and cocoa in a medium mixing bowl.

3. In a large bowl combine the butter, buttermilk, sugar, eggs, green food color, vinegar, and vanilla.

4. Add in the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, pouring slowly.

5. Beat the mixture with a hand mixer on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes until well combined.

green velvet cupcake batter

6. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way full with batter.

7. Bake the cupcakes for about 18 to 20 minutes.

8. Place the finished cupcakes on a cooling rack to cool. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cupcakes.

green velvet cupcakes baked

To make the Cream Cheese Icing:

1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

2. Add the water and confectioner sugar slowly while you mix.

3. Blend until the icing will hold its shape. If the icing is too thin, add a little more confectioner sugar, or refrigerate it for a few minutes to chill it. If it is too stiff add a little more water, one teaspoon at a time.

4. Ice the cupcakes with a spatula, or use a round large decorating tip attached to a pastry bag to swirl the icing onto the cupcakes.

5. Top with green sprinkles and enjoy!

green velvet cupcakes 2

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22 comments

Gena February 17, 2013 - 10:09 pm

This is a great idea!

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Kristen February 18, 2013 - 9:01 am

This seems great for kids and grown ups too!

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Erica February 18, 2013 - 9:14 am

The frosting looks so creamy and good, especially with the contrasting green and yellow on top.

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Sandy VanHoey February 18, 2013 - 9:33 am

Love it! Just pinned and I’d love to make these for my grandson to take this year for his kindergarten class. So cute and yummy looking too

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Ashley February 18, 2013 - 10:57 am

So cute! Maybe I’ll make these for my son’s school on St. Patrick’s Day 🙂

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Belinda February 18, 2013 - 11:29 am

How fun! these would be perfect for my boys to take to school on St. Paddy’s Day!

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Pam February 18, 2013 - 9:20 pm

I love the green color. Usually you see green frosting. This is a cute twist.

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Maria February 19, 2013 - 12:56 am

I love cupcakes, I’m in love with this recipe! Not to mention these are perfect for St. Patty’s Day! My boys will love these!

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Liza Coulter February 19, 2013 - 12:41 pm

We love red velvet but have never tried it as green – what a cool idea! I have to ask – how did you do your wrappers? Did you bake them in the first liners then set them inside the second ones? Or double-liner them and peel open the outer layer? Thanks!

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Cecile February 19, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Yum! I love cream cheese icing!

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Emily February 20, 2013 - 5:23 pm

These look fun! What is the difference between cake flour and all-purpose?

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Linette February 20, 2013 - 8:27 pm

Emily, cake flour is a little finer and gives a lighter texture. Thanks for stopping by!

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Anne February 22, 2013 - 11:06 pm

These look great, I love cream cheese frosting!

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Nikki February 23, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Those are awesome! So festive, and they sound delicious. I wish I could bake such cute stuff.

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Gena February 24, 2013 - 5:12 pm

YUMMY! I love St. Patrick’s Day!

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Crystal Merrill February 26, 2013 - 11:54 am

Red velvet cake is my favorite, so this sounds delicious! Also, my 3 year old daughter LOVES to help me bake, so this would be a fun project for us to try together! Thanks for sharing!

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janet February 27, 2013 - 1:13 am

I am so in love with the idea of green velvet! I really wish I could make these.

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Ellen Christian February 27, 2013 - 10:51 am

These look amazing. I love how cute the frosting looks on top!

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