Friday, March 16, 2012

What's Baking: Green Velvet Cupcakes

I am so excited for today's post! Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, but I wanted to share this a day early, in case you are in need of a dessert idea for your St. Patrick's Day celebration. How fun are these GREEN VELVET cupcakes?? I mean, red velvet is da bomb, but green is just so different, and so fun! Ok, so maybe I'm a little too excited, but I'm Irish and they make me happy :)

They may look like ordinary cupcakes all wrapped up....
 
And in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, our March What's Baking hostess, Yudith of  Blissfully Delicious chose the Irish holiday for our theme. I couldn't have been more excited, and when I saw these cupcakes I didn't have to look any farther.
 
But open one up and you get a fun surprise!!
  
It's just too bad they weren't bright green like the batter...
Next time I'll make them less Oscar the Grouch green ;)

If you need a fun dessert for tomorrow, I highly suggest you give these little shamrocks a try ;)



Green Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 oz green food coloring
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)
Preparation
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and fill muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Next, stir in the oil, buttermilk, vinegar, and vanilla and mix until well combined. Finally, mix in the green food coloring. 
  3. In your mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
  4. Slowly pour the green mixture into the mixing bowl of flour mixture. Mix on medium-high speed for about a minute or two until well combined and bright green.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, distribute the batter into muffin tins (a small cookie scoop works for mini cupcakes, a large scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup works well for standard size cupcakes.)
  6. Bake for 12-16 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean (12-13 minutes for mini, 15-16 for standard.)
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before icing.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Source: Martha Stewart Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preparation
  1. In stand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese together on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Reduce speed to low and mix in confectioners' sugar 1/2 cup at a time mxing each batch until well combined, then add in vanilla.

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