Recipe | St. Patrick’s Day Green Velvet Cupcakes with Fluffy White Icing

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No matter the holiday, cupcakes are one treat you can dress up for any occasion. Green velvet cupcakes are no exception. Much like red velvet cupcakes, these have a velvet texture and vibrant color … green for St. Patrick’s Day!

green velvet cupcakes st patricks day

Making these green velvet cupcakes is extremely easy and comes with the added bonus of playing with food coloring. When I’m not working with coloring buttercream, I love using McCormick green food color to brighten up a cake batter. A squeeze or two of the bottle and you can turn a chocolate cake batter into a gorgeous emerald green color.

green velvet cake batter

Inside this soft cupcake you get crumbles of deep green. It goes perfectly with a light and fluffy white frosting that only uses a few simple ingredients.

green velvet cupcake

I keep half a dozen or so bottles of McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract on hand at any given time and it gives the fluffy frosting a great flavor.

fluffy vanilla frosting

You can dress the cupcakes up with some green sprinkles, paper shamrock picks and decorated cupcake liners.

st patricks day green velvet cupcakes

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Fluffy White Icing for St. Patrick's Day
Cook Time
Total Time
Type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1 package (18¼ ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick® Green Food Color
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
Fluffy White Frosting
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.
  2. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup ⅔ full.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.
  4. For the frosting, in an electric mixer with the wire whisk attachment, beat the sugar, egg whites, water and cream of tartar about 3 minutes until foamy.
  5. Add the mixture to a heat safe bowl and place it over a pot of simmering water. Stirring occasionally, heat the mixture until warm to the touch and the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the mixture back to the electric mixer bowl, add the vanilla and beat at a high speed for 15 minutes until thick with soft peaks.
  7. Frost the cupcakes and serve.

In addition to the green velvet cupcakes, I’ve been having some fun in the kitchen whipping up some easy and delicious St. Patrick’s Day recipes including these Mint Chocolate Green Grasshopper Cookie Pops, Grasshopper Pudding Pie, Lucky Mint Milkshake and Lucky Little Whoopie Pies.

st patricks day green recipes



Five (5) lucky readers will win a McCormick St. Patrick’s Day Baking Kit that includes: green food color, pure peppermint extract, pure vanilla extract and recipes.

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Disclosure – McCormick provided me with a baking kit to use and baking kits for this giveaway.

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  1. says

    I don’t have a favorite recipe for St. Patty’s (yet!), but I saw “Lucky Charms Cupcakes” on Pinterest that I would love to try this year!

  2. kristen m says

    My favorite treat for st. pat’s is lime jello!
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  3. Carolyn A says

    My favorite is Irish Soda Bread! But i am going to try these whoopee pies this year too!

  4. Paula Tavernie says

    Green Eggs the kids think its so cool!

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  5. Sheila Overstreet says

    actually it’s cupcakes! maybe Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting

  6. says

    I usually make some sort of cabbage and corned beef dish in the crockpot, yum! I’m going to try to make a rainbow cake this year!

  7. Teresa Moore says

    I like to make cookies and frost them green for something sweet. Also I am going to make green spaghetti noodles this year.

  8. Wayne Dougherty says

    Chocolate chip mint brownies with green mint Hersheys kisses on top.

    • Eileen Burke says

      We make Patty Shakes, Vanilla milkshake with green food coloring!

  9. maureen says

    I love to make Irish Soda Bread. I love to have my little helpers in the kitchen with me so that they can say that they made it. These are my young nephews who are 5 and 3

  10. carol lewis says

    Green cookies with icing. Too yummy. I love the color of these cupcakes!

  11. Erin F says

    Fun giveaway! I believe I’ve never used peppermint extract. For St. Patty’s day I like to make green pancakes or waffles. Mmm!

  12. Deborah Mireles says

    the lucky little whoopie pies are adorable, gotta try those!

  13. says

    We love to make a whole green meal for St. Patty’s Day – but we’ve learned not to color things like the milk and the butter – no one wants to eat it! I found a great recipe for mint chocolate chips cookies that are green. That would be a fun treat to make this year.

  14. says

    I love to make sugar cookies for the holidays. I have a shamrock cutter and a pot for pot-o-gold cookies. The kids love to help.
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  15. Hoa Le says

    I like to make Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cheesecake.


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  17. Liz Terek says

    Simple green jello layered with whipped topping in between. A kind of Parfait.

  18. Jackie says

    I like to make a white cake with green icing. (when my kids were younger, they loved to have “green” milk for breakfast)

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  22. Kristie says

    I don’t really have a favorite treat, but these cupcakes look yummy and I will have to make these this year.

  23. Linda G. says

    I like to make cut out cookies and decorate them for St. Pat’s Day!

  24. DeeAnn S says

    Every year I make green pistachio cake covered in peppermint icing and green and white shamrock sprinkles on top. Love it! Thanks.

  25. Susan Ladd says

    I will make cornbeef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day but, this would just add to it. Thank for this awesome sweep and hope to win :)

  26. Cody says

    I do love making green mashed taters on St. Pat’s Day!


  27. Denise B. says

    I just look forward to the corned beef and cabbage even though it’s really not an Irish dish.

  28. Sarah says

    We always make green pancakes in the shape of clovers for the kids. It’s the little things kids enjoy. :)

  29. Angela H says

    Honestly, I never make anything special for St. Patrick’s Day. This is making me want to try this year though!

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  30. says

    Does green beer count as a treat? LOL! Just kidding .. I like doing cupcakes – not very original, i know, but I’ve been doing the cupcake “cakes” for a couple of years now, and everyone loves them! Thanks for the chance to win!


  31. Nicole Korson says

    I didn’t have a favorite…until I saw that cupcake recipe!! They’re green!

  32. Carmen says

    I don’t usually make treats for St Patricks day, but if I did it would probably be cookies or mint brownies

  33. Carol F says

    I make green eggs and ham for my kids every year
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  34. lyndi says

    My birthday is on St. Patrick’s day and my mom always makes me mini green blueberry muffins. She likes to call them “blarney stones”. Even now that I’m grown and moved out, she still mails them to me. I also drink green milk with my blarney stones.

  35. Lucy Schwartz says

    The fav treat for St Paddy’s Day is Cut out Cookie clovers with green Icing.

  36. Allison says

    We make Corned Beef and yes it is a treat because we only make it once a year!

  37. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    green cupcakes sound yummy but love having sausage
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  38. dmw says

    My annual baking giveaway for St. Patrick’s Day is Irish Soda Muffins – people seem to like them

  39. Dana Brandenburg says

    I love to make green milkshakes for my two kids on St. Patrick’s Day!

  40. Kimberly says

    My favorite treat to make for St. Patrick’s Day is mint brownies.

  41. Connie says

    Hi! I like making scones or Irish soda bread for the holiday when I have time.

  42. Tim says

    I would have said my favorite St Patricks day treat was green jello, but after seeing these cupcakes……

  43. Margie Papetti says

    We always make shamrock shaped sugar cookies with green sprinkles.

  44. Laurie Emerson says

    I love making a Shamrock cake using a mold I have had forever.
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  48. Roy Konopaska says

    Grasshopper cookies (oreos with the middle scraped out and filled with mint flavored ice cream)

  49. Stephanie A says

    I haven’t made anything in the past but I’m think about making shamrock cookies on St Patrick’s day this year.

  50. Coriander Warren says

    My family likes to make shamrock shaped sugar cookies with lots of green sugar sprinkled on top or frosted with green frosting then doused with white/green sprinkles!

  51. Dorothy Hubbard says

    I don’t usually bake anything, but I do make corned beef & cabbage. That I love.

  52. says

    Colcannon! (mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage).

    I also dye the milk green for the kids…

  53. Valeen N says

    I love to make cupcakes with green sprinkles on them for St. Paddy’s day!

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  56. says

    I didn’t actually have any special treats that i’ve made before for St. Patty’s day, but now that i’ve seen your cupcakes and the recipe for Green Velvet Cupcakes with Fluffy White Icing, i know what i’m making this year! They look delicious and i can’t wait to try them out ;)

  57. Beverly M says

    We usually make chocolate cupcakes with green frosting to go with our Corned beef dinner on St. Patty’s Day. Thanks for the contest!

  58. Michelle H. says

    Corned beef and cabbage is top on my list. I then love to make shamrock cookies and tint a light soda green.