The vibrant color of these green cupcakes is the perfect shade for all of your green-themed celebrations.
Prep Time15 minutesmins
Cook Time20 minutesmins
Total Time35 minutesmins
Keyword: Green Cupcakes Recipe
¼cupunsweetened cocoa powder,I used Nestle Toll House 100% cocoa
½cupunsalted butter,room temperature
1tablespoongreen liquid food coloring
24white paper cupcake liners
Cream Cheese Frosting
8ouncescream cheese,room temperature
½cupunsalted butter,room temperature
Festive sprinkles, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 (12-cup) standard muffin pans with cupcake papers. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, add the all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.
In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld mixer on medium speed, cream together the unsalted butter, vegetable oil, and granulated sugar for 1 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture. Make sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding the next.
Add the vanilla extract, green liquid food coloring, white vinegar and beat just until the mixture is smooth. This will take another 1 to 2 minutes.
Next, you will alternate adding the dry ingredients with the buttermilk to the butter mixture. Start by adding ⅓ of the dry ingredients to the bowl with the butter mixture. Beat on low for 30 seconds or just until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Then you will add ½ of the buttermilk and beat on low for another 30 seconds or just until incorporated. Repeat adding the second ⅓ of the dry mixture, followed by the other ½ of the buttermilk, and ending with the last ⅓ of the dry mixture. Make sure to mix each addition just until the ingredients are incorporated. You do not want to overmix your cupcake batter, or your cupcakes will be dense and tough.
Fill each cupcake paper ⅔ full with batter. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow the cupcake to cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting and serving.
While your cupcakes are baking, you can make your frosting by adding the room-temperature cream cheese block and the room temperature unsalted butter to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Using a handheld mixer on medium speed, beat together the cream cheese and unsalted butter for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
To the butter and cream cheese, add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt and beat until fully incorporated.
Add the sifted powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, to the cream cheese mixture and beat on low speed. Continue to add the powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, until all the powdered sugar has been added and your cream cheese frosting is thick and smooth.
Frost each cooled cupcake with the cream cheese frosting and garnish with the sprinkles.
I highly recommend sifting your unsweetened cocoa powder and powdered sugar before adding them to your recipe. These ingredients can tend to have some harder lumps while in their packaging. By sifting them, you will ensure that you have a nice smooth batter and frosting without any tiny little lumps.
Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cupcakes at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
If your frosting is a little too loose for your preference, then you can add additional powdered sugar, but I would start with just a ¼ cup at a time until you reach your desired thickness. If it is too stiff, you can loosen it up by adding a little extra heavy cream to it. I would start with just a splash (about 1 teaspoon), then mix it, and if that does not get you to your desired consistency, you can add an additional teaspoon.
I like to pipe the frosting onto my cupcakes. To do so, you can place a large piping tip (I like to use a Wilton 2A tip) into a large piping bag, or a heavy-duty zip-top bag with a corner snipped off of it, then transfer the cream cheese frosting into the piping bag. The cream cheese frosting pipes a little easier if you allow it to firm up just a little bit by placing it into the refrigerator for about 15 to 20 minutes before decorating your cupcakes. Be sure that your cupcakes are completely cool before frosting them, or your frosting will just melt right off the top of your cupcakes.