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!
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.
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.
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.
You can dress the cupcakes up with some green sprinkles, paper shamrock picks and decorated cupcake liners.
- 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
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 3 egg whites
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
- 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.
- Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup ⅔ full.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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