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Lucky Green Velvet Cupcakes and Fluffy Buttercream Frosting

by Laura

When I saw these cupcakes on Picky Palate, I had to give them a try for St. Patrick’s Day.  She did her’s a mini cupcakes and I went for regular cupcakes.  Her cupcakes had a really vibrant green color because she used green decorating paste.  I tried them with regular old food coloring.  I do think if you really want the green color to really pop you ought to get the decorating paste.
Now Jenny used a cream cheese frosting on her cupcake.  I decided to try them with a buttercream recipe I saw at Alice and the Mock Turtle.  I liked the buttercream frosting, but not really on these cupcakes.  This buttercream frosting is nice and fluffy, but I think it would have worked better on a cake with more flavor like a nice chocolate cupcake. The frosting isn’t extremely sweet and really needs a cake that’s got some more sweetness.  So I would not recommend this particular frosting for this cupcake, but still wanted to share because it really is delicious if paired with the right cake.
Jenny also frosted her cupcakes with a yellow and white frosting and added sprinkles to get a gold effect.  She also had a nifty decorating bottle to do the two-tone frosting.  I really wanted to focus more on the green so I went for a green and white frosting.  I didn’t have a bottle like Jenny, so I just filled my decorating bag with green frosting on one side and white on the other.  Just fill the bag a spoonful at a time and it works just fine.
I have also included my favorite cream cheese frosting to put on these cupcakes since the fluffy buttercream wasn’t the best choice.  Another bonus, is a cupcake topper.  Of course I discovered this right after I made the cupcakes.  It is free and you can just print them out on your computer.  Just go to THIS LINK for the topper.  You’ll be all set for St. Patties.  I also have a link here for you to the cupcakes I did last year for the holiday, thin mint cupcakes.
I will be back on Monday with one more green treat just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  This one will involve mint.
picture of green velvet cupcakes
picture close up of green velvet cupcakes
Lucky Green Velvet Cupcakes

  • 1 Box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 Cup plain yogurt or sour cream (I used light sour cream)
  • 5-8 drops Green decorating paste (food coloring will work, just won’t be as bright green I used quite a bit of the regular food coloring to get that nice green color)
  • cream cheese frosting (see recipe below)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a stand or electric mixer, add cake mix, eggs, water, oil, pudding, and yogurt.  Beat on medium for 1 1/2 minutes.  Slowly beat in 5-8 drops of green decorating paste until you get desired color of green.
2. Scoop batter into paper lined cupcake tins.  (I used my Demarle muffin tray so no need for liners, but I did place the cupcakes in liners after baking for the picture)  Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through.  Let cool completely.
3.  Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and add sprinkles if desired.
Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 C butter (1/2 stick) at room temperature
  • 4 C sifted powdered sugar (You can decrease this amount if you don’t care about it being as stiff for piping)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Mix in vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
Fluffy Buttercream Frosting (I don’t recommend this frosting for these cupcakes, but it would be wonderful on any chocolate cupcake)

  • 1/2 c butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 c vegetable shortening
  • 3 c powder sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz heavy whipping cream
  1. Place butter and shortening in mixer. Beginning on low speed and gradually increasing to a high speed, whip for 10 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Lower speed to lowest setting and mix in powder sugar one cup at a time until well blended. Add vanilla.
  3. Increase speed to medium and slowly add whipping cream. Increase speed to medium-high and whip for 8-10 minutes until light but stiff. This makes an ample amount of icing for at least 24 cupcakes.

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CHERYL NERO December 1, 2013 - 12:59 pm

WE LOVE THESE CUPCAKES SO MUCH THAT WE STOP MAKING THE RED VELVET YUMMY YUMMY!!!!!!!!!

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CHERYL NERO December 1, 2013 - 12:59 pm

WE LOVE THESE CUPCAKES SO MUCH THAT WE STOP MAKING THE RED VELVET YUMMY YUMMY!!!!!!!!!

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Natasha December 16, 2011 - 9:58 pm

OMG!! I just got done making the buttercream frosting and it tastes a.m.a.z.i.n.g 🙂 I cant stop licking it ..lol!!! Perfectttttttt!!

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Natasha December 16, 2011 - 9:58 pm

OMG!! I just got done making the buttercream frosting and it tastes a.m.a.z.i.n.g 🙂 I cant stop licking it ..lol!!! Perfectttttttt!!

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Natasha December 16, 2011 - 9:58 pm

OMG!! I just got done making the buttercream frosting and it tastes a.m.a.z.i.n.g 🙂 I cant stop licking it ..lol!!! Perfectttttttt!!

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Hazel April 25, 2011 - 7:35 am

I’ve made these twice now, once when I didn’t have the right ingredients and once when I did. I would recommend using vanilla flavored yogurt. I used white cake mix because I didn’t have yellow, and it worked just fine. I liked these cupcakes so much that I decided to make a second batch, and discovered after combining ingredients that I didn’t have a 2nd box of vanilla pudding, so I used lemon pudding—worked great, and tasted great with the cream cheese frosting. This recipe, using the white cake mix and vanilla yogurt will be my go-to cupcake recipe. Oh, and two tablespoons of the mix makes the perfect size cupcake. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Hazel April 25, 2011 - 7:35 am

I’ve made these twice now, once when I didn’t have the right ingredients and once when I did. I would recommend using vanilla flavored yogurt. I used white cake mix because I didn’t have yellow, and it worked just fine. I liked these cupcakes so much that I decided to make a second batch, and discovered after combining ingredients that I didn’t have a 2nd box of vanilla pudding, so I used lemon pudding—worked great, and tasted great with the cream cheese frosting. This recipe, using the white cake mix and vanilla yogurt will be my go-to cupcake recipe. Oh, and two tablespoons of the mix makes the perfect size cupcake. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Hazel April 25, 2011 - 7:35 am

I’ve made these twice now, once when I didn’t have the right ingredients and once when I did. I would recommend using vanilla flavored yogurt. I used white cake mix because I didn’t have yellow, and it worked just fine. I liked these cupcakes so much that I decided to make a second batch, and discovered after combining ingredients that I didn’t have a 2nd box of vanilla pudding, so I used lemon pudding—worked great, and tasted great with the cream cheese frosting. This recipe, using the white cake mix and vanilla yogurt will be my go-to cupcake recipe. Oh, and two tablespoons of the mix makes the perfect size cupcake. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Holiday Snob March 4, 2011 - 9:45 am

Hi Laura–we just featured your Lucky Green Velvet Cupcakes today on our blog as our “snobcake” of the month!! Thank you so much for all of your fab recipes and ideas..Always lovin them up!! These were just too cute to pass up!!

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Holiday Snob March 4, 2011 - 9:45 am

Hi Laura–we just featured your Lucky Green Velvet Cupcakes today on our blog as our “snobcake” of the month!! Thank you so much for all of your fab recipes and ideas..Always lovin them up!! These were just too cute to pass up!!

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Jennifer H October 9, 2010 - 3:38 pm

Tried the fluffy butter cream recipe and LOVED IT… finally found one I’ve been looking for…THANK U 🙂

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Tried the fluffy butter cream recipe and LOVED IT… finally found one I’ve been looking for…THANK U 🙂

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Tried the fluffy butter cream recipe and LOVED IT… finally found one I’ve been looking for…THANK U 🙂

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Tiffany March 29, 2010 - 12:20 pm

I made these for work on St. Paddy’s day!
I used BLUE food colouring with the yellow cake mix and it made a lovely green.
Yum.

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Tiffany March 29, 2010 - 12:20 pm

I made these for work on St. Paddy’s day!
I used BLUE food colouring with the yellow cake mix and it made a lovely green.
Yum.

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Tiffany March 29, 2010 - 12:20 pm

I made these for work on St. Paddy’s day!
I used BLUE food colouring with the yellow cake mix and it made a lovely green.
Yum.

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Patty March 12, 2010 - 11:42 pm

So cute and bright and beautiful! Thanks for posting, these little cupcakes made my day!

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Patty March 12, 2010 - 11:42 pm

So cute and bright and beautiful! Thanks for posting, these little cupcakes made my day!

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Patty March 12, 2010 - 11:42 pm

So cute and bright and beautiful! Thanks for posting, these little cupcakes made my day!

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} March 12, 2010 - 6:21 pm

Thanks so much for linking up!
I saw your cupcakes on Cupcakes take the cake too :)Congrats!

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} March 12, 2010 - 6:21 pm

Thanks so much for linking up!
I saw your cupcakes on Cupcakes take the cake too :)Congrats!

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Thanks so much for linking up!
I saw your cupcakes on Cupcakes take the cake too :)Congrats!

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Sean March 12, 2010 - 12:17 am

Never heard of green velvet. I like red velvet cupcakes though, so green would probably be great.

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Sean March 12, 2010 - 12:17 am

Never heard of green velvet. I like red velvet cupcakes though, so green would probably be great.

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Sean March 12, 2010 - 12:17 am

Never heard of green velvet. I like red velvet cupcakes though, so green would probably be great.

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Mari March 11, 2010 - 10:15 am

They look awesome! You have inspired me to do green cupcakes! I love the idea of adding instant vanilla pudding mix to the batter. Can this be done with home made cake batter?
Thanks,
Mari

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Mari March 11, 2010 - 10:15 am

They look awesome! You have inspired me to do green cupcakes! I love the idea of adding instant vanilla pudding mix to the batter. Can this be done with home made cake batter?
Thanks,
Mari

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Mari March 11, 2010 - 10:15 am

They look awesome! You have inspired me to do green cupcakes! I love the idea of adding instant vanilla pudding mix to the batter. Can this be done with home made cake batter?
Thanks,
Mari

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Lise' March 11, 2010 - 6:45 am

Those are absolutely darling! What a clever idea for March 17th.

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Lise' March 11, 2010 - 6:45 am

Those are absolutely darling! What a clever idea for March 17th.

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Lise' March 11, 2010 - 6:45 am

Those are absolutely darling! What a clever idea for March 17th.

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} March 10, 2010 - 9:06 pm

They look great! I’m hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Linky for baked ideas and hope you stop by and link up this pretty cupcake!

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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} March 10, 2010 - 9:06 pm

They look great! I’m hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Linky for baked ideas and hope you stop by and link up this pretty cupcake!

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They look great! I’m hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Linky for baked ideas and hope you stop by and link up this pretty cupcake!

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Memoria March 10, 2010 - 9:02 pm

SO CUTE!!!!! What a great idea!

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Memoria March 10, 2010 - 9:02 pm

SO CUTE!!!!! What a great idea!

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Memoria March 10, 2010 - 9:02 pm

SO CUTE!!!!! What a great idea!

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fittingbackin March 10, 2010 - 7:12 pm

These are SO cute – I’m having a St. Patty’s party too – hopefully i’ll stop being lazy and make these!

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fittingbackin March 10, 2010 - 7:12 pm

These are SO cute – I’m having a St. Patty’s party too – hopefully i’ll stop being lazy and make these!

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Kerin March 10, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Oh.. so yummy looking!
I know someone who would love to get these. I will have to bake them up for them 🙂

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Kerin March 10, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Oh.. so yummy looking!
I know someone who would love to get these. I will have to bake them up for them 🙂

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Veronica M. March 10, 2010 - 2:54 pm

I had to grin at the above comment form siggyspice–I’ve done that too and I still don’t know if it’s OK but sometimes it’s really hard to resist! Anyway, your cupcakes are so cute! I too saw that recipe from Picky Palate–it’s good to know you can achieve the same bicolor effect with just using one frosting bag–thanks for the tip!

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Veronica M. March 10, 2010 - 2:54 pm

I had to grin at the above comment form siggyspice–I’ve done that too and I still don’t know if it’s OK but sometimes it’s really hard to resist! Anyway, your cupcakes are so cute! I too saw that recipe from Picky Palate–it’s good to know you can achieve the same bicolor effect with just using one frosting bag–thanks for the tip!

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Sarah March 10, 2010 - 1:11 pm

I LOVE cupcakes. When I go to NYC I frequent all of the cupcake boutiques. AMAZING 🙂

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Sarah March 10, 2010 - 1:11 pm

I LOVE cupcakes. When I go to NYC I frequent all of the cupcake boutiques. AMAZING 🙂

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Amanda March 10, 2010 - 9:53 am

I love your site. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes. I just printed about 10 of them and can’t wait to try them.

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Amanda March 10, 2010 - 9:53 am

I love your site. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes. I just printed about 10 of them and can’t wait to try them.

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Amanda March 10, 2010 - 9:53 am

I love your site. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes. I just printed about 10 of them and can’t wait to try them.

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Julie March 10, 2010 - 9:38 am

These look so cute, I love the green sprinkles 🙂

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Julie March 10, 2010 - 9:38 am

These look so cute, I love the green sprinkles 🙂

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Julie March 10, 2010 - 9:38 am

These look so cute, I love the green sprinkles 🙂

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