Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

Are you wearing your green today?? Kaitlyn was practicing on Thursday. :)

Silly girl. 

Her green tongue was compliments of the batter for our Green Velvet Cupcakes. They are a beautiful kelly green color. The original recipe can be found on A Bitchin' Kitchen. I also used her frosting recipe that can be found here. I followed the original frosting recipe and left out the cinnamon and the food coloring. These turned out gorgeous!!!

I love a good Red Velvet cake. My Mother makes one a year for my Dad on his birthday. She doesn't use cream cheese frosting - instead it's a delicious butter icing. The weather has to be just right or it gets "melty". So I thought I would try these velvety green beauties.

So here we go.

We mixed our wet ingredients and added the leaf green coloring at the end. We used half of this container of coloring.

Once you combine your wet ingredients, beat in your dry ingredients and get a bright green batter.

It was super thick and tasted yummy!! (just ask Katie)

The frosting is a cream cheese frosting with powdered sugar. I used ALL 2 pounds of powdered sugar to get it thick enough to make the cupcakes pretty.

They turned out so pretty!!! Pretty enough to eat. 

Green Velvet Cupakes

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

2 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ounce green food coloring (or half of a container of gel coloring)

Lightly beat the eggs. Then add the other ingredients and mix until blended.

Add the dry ingredients TO the wet ingredients and mix on medium for about 1 minute.

Bake at 350 for 17 - 19 minutes.

This recipe makes 24 regular size cupcakes.
Cream Cheese Frosting
2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
2 lbs powdered sugar

Cream the butter and cream cheese together. Slowly add the powdered sugar.

Hugs, kisses & Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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