It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, which means you have the perfect excuse to do some baking. Try your hand at these green velvet cupcake shamrocks. You’ll be the hit of St. Patrick’s Day with these tasty treats.
Gather Your Ingredients
Start by gathering your ingredients. For the cupcakes, you’ll need:
- Cooking spray
- 2 ½ cups of flour
- 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of fine salt
- 1 ¼ cups of buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon of green liquid food coloring
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 2 cups of granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter
Then you need your ingredients for the frosting. You’ll need:
- ½ cup of flour
- 1 ½ cups of milk
- 3 sticks of unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- Green liquid food coloring
- ½ cup of green sanding sugar
Making the Cupcakes
Turn the oven to 350 degrees and take out two 12-cup muffin tins. Put in paper liners and spray cooking spray to keep them from sticking.
Then, whisk the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together. Take out a measuring cup and add the buttermilk, vanilla, and food coloring. Whisk it together.
Put the butter and granulated sugar in a stand mixer, turn it on medium, and beat it until it is fluffy and light. Then, beat in the eggs.
Put the mixer on the lowest setting and add 1/3 of the flour mixer and ½ of the buttermilk mixture. Finally, put half of the remaining flour mixture in the mixer and the rest of the buttermilk. Continue to mix until it is all mixed tighter.
Put the cupcakes in the oven and bake for 20–22 minutes.
Making the Frosting
Take out a saucepan and add the flour to it. Whisk in ½ cup of milk until it is smooth. Then add the rest and whisk it again. Turn the burner to medium and cook it for five minutes, whisking the entire time. Put it in the bowl, cover it, and place it in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Go back to the stand mixer and add in the butter and granulated sugar. Mix it on medium for five minutes. Add in the cooled frosting mixture slowly, just one tablespoon at a time. Continue mixing it. Then, add the salt and vanilla, along with five drops of food coloring. Mix it for 10 minutes.
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Assembling the Cupcakes
Frost the cupcakes and roll them in sanding sugar. Then, get ready to impress everyone. You can also cut some out in the shape of shamrocks if you want to go the extra mile.
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