Green Velvet Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | Revamperate Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | RevamperateWith St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I wanted to fit in at least one themed dessert, and naturally, it had to be green. That led me to try making these green velvet cupcakes! Every recipe is more fun when you get to add almost a full bottle of food coloring to it, right?

So you’re probably thinking “what is green velvet?” Well, it’s like red velvet but green. OK, then what is red velvet? Well, I’m glad you asked because I decided to research it!

Here’s the basic rundown on red velvet cake. A red velvet cake has three key ingredients: unsweetened natural cocoa powder (usually a small amount), buttermilk and vinegar. Then, of course, food coloring gives it its signature deep red look. All three flavors combine to give velvet cakes (since there’s also blue, black, etc.) a slightly chocolate taste that is hard to describe. Red or green velvet is just a type of chocolate cake, but because it uses less cocoa powder, the buttermilk and vinegar give it the signature flavor that seems more rich and creamy and less chocolatey than your average chocolate cake. In short, a green velvet cake has all the same ingredients but uses different food coloring, which is why you can make a velvet cake in multiple colors.

Best of all, it still pairs best with cream cheese frosting, but you can also go for a standard vanilla buttercream and it’s just as delicious. If you want to go all out with the green, save a couple drops of food coloring for your frosting too.

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | Revamperate Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | RevamperateFor the cupcakes (makes 12-14):

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 oz green food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with liners and set aside.

In one bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda and set aside.

In the bowl of your mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, mix the eggs on low speed until bubbles form. Add the buttermilk, oil, vinegar and vanilla and mix on medium speed until all are blended together (do not overbeat). Slowly add in the dry ingredients, mixing until the batter is smooth. Scrape the bowl.

Then add A LOT of food coloring. The batter should be a deep green color, which means most of a bottle should go into the batter. Warning: too much food coloring can give the cake a metallic taste so use your best judgement. The baked cupcakes will appear a bit darker than the uncooked batter. Scrape the bowl in between to ensure the green is well-distributed. 

Divide the batter among 12-14 lined cupcake cavities and bake for about 15 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from the pan.

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | RevamperateFor the frosting, try using my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe, which you can find here. OR you can also try a good ‘ol fashioned vanilla buttercream, like this one.

Pipe your frosting onto cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles or meringues. I made some clover (ish?) meringues last time I baked just in case I could use them for St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy! Just try not to end up with green all over your hands and kitchen 🙂

St. Patrick’s Day: Lucky Charms Rice Crispy Treats

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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and I’ve been waiting for a good excuse to make something with Lucky Charms. Well I found one! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with rainbows and sugary cereal (as it was meant to be, obviously). Much like regular Rice Krispie treats, these Lucky Charms rice crispy treats will bring you back to your childhood with memories of sticky marshmallows and sugary cereal. Sounds amazing, right? Rice Krispie treats were always a favorite of mine. In fact, they’re a weakness of mine at vending machines. Back when I worked in retail and needed some sugar to push me through the day, Rice Krispie treats were my go-to snack choice. Then I started making them myself with extra ingredients (like these white chocolate graham cracker Rice Krispie treats), which were pretty darn good. Now, bring on the marshmallows!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs butter
  • 4 cups of marshmallows (large, double recipe for mini marshmallows)
  • 6 cups of Lucky Charms cereal

Melt the butter in a saucepan on the stove on low heat. Slowly stir in the marshmallows until they’ve melted completely, and pour the mixture over the Lucky Charms, mixing together with a spatula. Move the cereal to a rectangular pan and let sit for a minute to cool slightly before pressing the rice crispy treats down and into the corners. Using your hands or a spatula, press it down as flat as you can and into the corners, and let it cool completely. Cut the cereal into squares with a sharp knife and serve!

Lucky Charms Rice Crispy Treats | Revamperate
We don’t have any plans for St. Patrick’s Day this year, but I might be thinking of trying some green beer this year…maybe? We’ll see. Happy St. Patty’s Day!