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Once February has come and gone, it’s time to think spring, sunshine, and St. Patrick’s Day. What better way to celebrate than making delicious Green Velvet Cupcakes for your friends and family? It only takes one bite of these festive homemade cupcakes topped with a delicious Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting to believe in the luck of the Irish.
Green Velvet Cupcakes are a delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – and they are way more delicious than any store-bought cupcakes you might find.
The recipe uses both butter and oil so the cupcakes are buttery rich, extra moist, and incredibly fluffy. These single-serve cupcakes taste exactly like a classic red velvet cake – only they’re green! The Bailey’s Irish Cream buttercream frosting takes this dessert to the next level. If you don’t want to use the alcohol, this cream cheese frosting is a great option.
After the cupcakes are cooled and frosted, green sanding sugar or shamrock sprinkles will add an extra festive touch to these green velvet cupcakes. Your family and friends will believe they’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
This cupcake recipe is made just like my red velvet cupcakes. If you love those, be sure to try my red velvet cake as well. You can always substitute green food coloring if you want to make a green velvet cake!
Green Velvet Cupcake Recipe Details
- Taste – The cupcakes are a tangy chocolate flavor, thanks to sour cream, buttermilk and cocoa powder.
- Texture – Moist and velvety.
- Ease – These cupcakes are simple to make and just require a little extra beating time.
- Time – The cook time is only 18 minutes – the whole process will take about 45 minutes, plus time to cool and frost the cupcakes.
What You’ll Need
These cupcakes are a velvety a mix between chocolate and vanilla flavors with a touch of tanginess that lingers at the end. There’s chocolate, vanilla, sour cream, and buttermilk in the cupcakes. Each one plays an important part in how the cupcakes taste.
For the Cupcakes:
- Butter and oil: The combination of butter and oil ensures the cupcakes have the best texture and taste. Use vegetable or canola oil with a high-quality unsalted butter.
- Sugar: Regular granulated sugar is all you need here.
- Eggs: You need 3 large eggs that are at room temperature. Set them out 30-45 minutes before you start making the recipe or put in a bowl of warm water for 10 – 15 minutes.
- Vanilla extract: Use pure vanilla extract of the highest quality. Or you can use homemade vanilla extract.
- Flour: I find that cake flour is best. It’s lower in protein content and produces a soft, lighter crumb. My favorite is Bob’s Red Mill.
- Cocoa powder: You only need a couple of tablespoons of unsweet cocoa powder to add a hint of chocolate flavor.
- Leavening: Baking powder and baking soda are added to give the cupcakes rise.
- Buttermilk: Use full-fat buttermilk for the best results and make sure it’s at room temperature just like the eggs.
- Sour Cream: This adds a little extra tang and moistness to the cupcakes. Make sure it is at room temperature.
- Green food coloring: I used an entire 1-ounce bottle of liquid green food coloring. You can use gel food coloring if you wish.
For the Frosting:
- Butter: Always use unsalted butter as it is better to adjust salt on your own. Butter should be softened to room temperature – soft but not oily.
- Confectioner’s Sugar: Adds sweetness to the frosting and will blend in smoothly to make the perfect texture.
- Vanilla Extract: Use pure vanilla extract of the highest quality. Or you can use homemade vanilla extract.
- Bailey’s Irish Cream: This is a creamy spirit with a little bit of whisky and a little bit of chocolate. You can omit if you want this to be booze-free.
- Heavy Cream: Just a little bit to smooth out the consistency of the frosting. As always, at room temperature.
- I like to use a stand mixer for this recipe because it requires beating the batter for 10 minutes. You can use a hand mixer as well.
- This cookie scoop will drop the perfect portion of batter into these muffin tins.
- Use a pastry bag with a piping tip to frost the cupcakes
How to Make Green Velvet Cupcakes
Green velvet cupcakes use the creaming method for mixing. This results in a sturdy yet soft cupcake texture.
Make the cupcakes:
- Mix the wet ingredients: First, cream the oil, butter, and sugar together for about 10 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each addition. Then, mix in the vanilla extract.
- Mix the dry ingredients: Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a separate bowl. Use a whisk to stir it all together until everything is well combined.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients: Add half the flour mixture to the butter/oil mixture. Mix until almost fully combined.Add the buttermilk and sour cream followed by the remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add the food coloring and mix until fully combined.
- Bake the cupcakes: Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners and fill each one ⅔ full with batter. Bake the cupcakes at 350°F for 15-18 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached. Cool the cupcakes in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make the Frosting: Beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add half the confectioners’ sugar and the Bailey’s. Beat together, then add remaining confectioners’ sugar. Add the heavy cream, slowly, then turn mixer to medium high speed and beat until incorporated.
- Frost the cupcakes: I use a round tip to pipe the frosting on top of each cupcake. If you’re not a fan of using Bailey’s in the frosting, try my cream cheese frosting or my Swiss meringue buttercream instead.
Tips For Success
- Make sure to properly measure the flour. Don’t just scoop the flour out of the container with the measuring cup. Instead, lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level it off with the back of a knife. Or measure by weight for more accurate results.
- Sift the flour and cocoa powder to remove any clumps. Do this after they have been measured.
- The amount of food coloring is up to you! I used 1-once liquid food coloring. Feel free to use less or more.
Either use a gallon-sized plastic bag with a corner cut off to pipe the frosting, or spread it using a flat knife.
Buttermilk and sour cream are required for the moist, velvety texture. Full-fat buttermilk will work best but low-fat will be okay if that’s all you can access.
Storage & Freezing
- The cupcakes can be made ahead 1 day in advance. Keep covered and store at room temperature.
- The frosting can also be made 1 day in advance. Keep covered and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Frosted cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and frost before serving.
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