The best Green Velvet Cupcakes recipe is easy and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. This homemade cupcake recipe is rich and delicious. They taste just like traditional Red Velvet Cupcakes but with green food coloring.

Green velvet cupcakes on a platter.
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This homemade cupcake recipe for luscious Green Velvet Cupcakes tastes amazing. The color is so bright and vibrant. If you enjoy red velvet cake, try making this variation.

Once you add the food coloring, it transforms into the perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day and more. It tastes amazing and looks stunning along with St Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cookies and Lucky Charms Treats.

If you would rather have a cake, try making this Green Velvet Cake. Green Velvet is so much fun to make and eat. I also make Guinness Brownies for St. Patrick’s Day.

Why we love this recipe

It has all the flavor of classic red velvet cake but in a stunning green color. Try it for a festive St. Patrick’s Day treat or just because.

It’s very easy to make with these simple step by step instructions.

Ingredients for Green velvet cupcakes - cake flour, cocoa powder, sugar, oil, gel food coloring, buttermilk, cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar.

Ingredients

Cupcakes 

  • Cake Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream Cheese (softened) 
  • Unsalted Butter (softened) 
  • Powdered Sugar (sifted)

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How to make green velvet cupcakes

  • Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Step 2. Line 16 muffin tins with cupcake liners. You can choose your favorite or get some seasonal ones for St. Patrick’s Day.
Mixing bowl with dry ingredients.

Step 3. Combine the flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt together in a mixing bowl.

Butter and sugar added to mixture and combined.

Step 4. Combine the butter and sugar with a mixer.

Add oil and eggs to the mixture.

Step 5. Then add in the oil, egg yolks (save the egg whites) and vanilla extract. Mix until these ingredients are combined and use a spatula to scrape the edge of the bowl as well.

Dry ingredients added to wet ingredients.

Step 6. Then slowly add in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk until both are thoroughly combined into the wet ingredients.

Gel food coloring added to bowl.

Step 7. Then add green gel food coloring until the batter is the color that you desire for your cake.

Egg whites folded into bowl.

Step 8. Gently stir in the eggs white into the batter until they are combined. Do not over mix. Only stir until just combined.

Cupcakes baked and cooling.

Step 9. Pour the batter evenly into the liners. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on wire rack.

Frosting in bowl beat together.

Step 10. Make the frosting while the cupcakes cool. Beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add in the butter and beat until combined and smooth.

Powdered sugar slowly added to bowl.

Step 11. Then slowly add in the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time).  Mix after each cup is added. Then mix in the vanilla.

Frosting on cupcakes.

Step 12. Top each cupcake with cream cheese frosting and enjoy! You can use a piping bag if you prefer to pipe the frosting.


Green velvet cupcake on a plate.

Can you freeze green velvet cupcakes?

Yes, these cupcakes can be frozen. I prefer to freeze them without the frosting. Place inside a freezer safe container and freeze up to 2 months.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight when ready to enjoy. Make the frosting as normal and frost the cupcakes.

Green velvet cupcake on a platter.

Storage

Place the cupcakes inside an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and enjoy!

They store well and taste great as leftovers. Everyone always fights over who gets the last one!

Expert Tips

  • Food coloring. We used gel food coloring because it is so vibrant but you can use liquid food coloring. Just note that you may need to adjust the amount if using liquid. Liquid food coloring requires more than gel.
  • Cupcake Pans. Don’t forget to line the pan with paper liners.
  • Buttermilk. This gives the cupcakes a unique flavor. Don’t substitute buttermilk with regular milk.

    The cupcakes will not taste the same. It also makes the cupcakes really moist.
  • Toppings. Feel free to add your favorite toppings. Sometimes, we sprinkle chopped nuts or sprinkles on the icing. Gold coins would also be super cute on to if serving these on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Cake flour. This makes a big difference in the outcome of the recipe. The cupcakes are light and fluffy from the cake flour.
  • Mini Cupcakes. You can make mini cupcakes instead of regular size if you prefer. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time as it will not take as long to bake.
  • Bake in advance. The cupcakes can be baked up to 2 days in advance. Just store inside an airtight container and place in the fridge.

    When ready to serve, make the frosting and decorate as normal. This is a convenient way to save time for parties or busy weeks.

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Green Velvet Cupcakes

4.89 from 17 votes
The best Green Velvet Cupcakes recipe is easy and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. This homemade cupcake recipe is rich and delicious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 483

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

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Instructions

For the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line 16 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  • Using either a stand up or hand held mixer, combine the butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed together (approximately 1 minute).
  • Then add in the oil, egg yolks (save the egg whites) and vanilla extract. Mix until these ingredients are combined and use a spatula to scrape the edge of the bowl as well.
  • Then slowly add in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk until both are thoroughly combined into the wet ingredients.
  • Then add approximately 2 tsp of green gel food coloring until the batter is the color that you desire for your cake.
  • Next in a separate mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until they are light and fluffy and form peaks.
  • Gently stir in the eggs white until the red batter until they are combined. Do not over mix.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the 16 cupcake liners in the muffin pans.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Move the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting:

  • Beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
  • Add in the butter and beat until combined and smooth.
  • Then slowly add in the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time).  Mix after each cup is added. Continue to add until the frosting is thick and smooth. Then mix in the vanilla extract.
  • Top each cupcake with cream cheese frosting and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Keep the cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 483kcal, Carbohydrates 67g, Protein 4g, Fat 23g, Saturated Fat 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0.4g, Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 237mg, Potassium 83mg, Fiber 0.5g, Sugar 58g, Vitamin A 692IU, Calcium 48mg, Iron 0.3mg

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