Thursday, March 17, 2011

Luck of the Irish

'Green' Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

With St. Patrick’s Day festivities happening across the city I decided to join in the Irish cheer.  Choosing a flavor for my “luck of the Irish” cupcakes was a challenge… I couldn’t decide whether to focus on incorporating beer, leprechauns, rainbows, shamrocks or that famous green color. Like a kid in the candy store I was stuck with too many choices and a decision to make. After much debate I finally decided on transforming a classic into a cupcake worthy of the Irish. Behold; Green Velvet Cupcakes

I came across this recipe for vegan red velvet cupcakes over on macandcheesereview. Normally I’m not a fan of red velvet cupcakes, I find the food coloring gives it a chemically taste. But nevertheless I decided to give these cupcakes a whirl in the name of a little St. Patrick’s Day themed fun.

Ready for the Oven

The Cupcake:
  1. Follow the directions from the macandcheesereview link
  2. Swap the red food coloring for green
  3. Bake as per the instructions
In hindsight I probably would have used a different color green food dye.... these turned out a little dark and brownish looking.

"Green" Velvet Cupcakes

The Frosting:
Any cream cheese frosting will do for these cupcakes or simply substitute cream cheese for the shortening in your typical vanilla buttercream recipe.

  • ½ cup margarine
  • ½ cup vegan cream cheese (I used the tofutti brand)
  • 4 cups Icing sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  1. Set out margarine and cream cheese to come to room temperature
  2. Blend Margarine and cream cheese together until smooth
  3. Slowly incorporate icing sugar until well combined
  4. Add vanilla
Topped with Sprinkles

I garnished these with green sprinkles to add to my St. Patty’s day theme. You could also make these multiple colors to create a rainbow or stick with the traditional classic red theme for any other occasion.

Unfortunately I do have class tonight and won’t be able to celebrate with the rest of the world. No worries thou, I planned ahead! I won't completely miss out on the good ol’ Irish cheer. I’m hosting a Post-Patty’s Day Celebration tomorrow that these little guys will be perfect for.

All ready to go....

How are you celebrating your St. Patrick’s day?


  1. Ooh this is adorable!!! I had a vegan cupcake at Fresh the other day and it was great! Cute blog :)

    Love, L.

  2. These look so yummy! Anything type of cupcake with food coloring makes me feel like I'm 6 again :) Happy St. Patricks Day!

  3. Lauren I've tried the vegan cupcakes at Fresh, they are pretty good, but nothing beats a fresh homemade little miss cupcake!

  4. yummy cupcake! x

    p.s. I'm having a giveaway on my blog for a pretty ring from bobbins & bits if you'd like to check it out. :) x