Lindsay Ann Bakes: St. Patty's Day Green Velvet Cupcakes Topped With Handmade Gumdrop Shamrocks {Small Batch: Yield 8}

Monday, March 5, 2012

St. Patty's Day Green Velvet Cupcakes Topped With Handmade Gumdrop Shamrocks {Small Batch: Yield 8}

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These cupcakes are based off of my red velvet cupcakes. They have a slight hint of cocoa and a deep green hue that make them a perfect vessel for a light fluffy pillow of cream cheese frosting. I topped them with simple handmade shamrocks made of jelly gumdrop candies, creating adorable festive cupcakes perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Candy Shamrock Cupcake Toppers

You will need
  • green gummy candies (gumdrops, spearmint leaves, fruit slice gummies, etc.)
  • tiny heart shape cookie/fondant cutter
  • rolling pin and white sugar for rolling out candy


Roll out your green gummy candy on top of sugar to keep it from getting sticky until it is about 1/4 inch thick

Use cookie cutter to cut out 4 hearts per shamrock. Roll a small piece of gummy candy into a stem shape. Stick each piece together using the stickiness of the cut edges as a "glue". 

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Green Velvet Cupcakes {Small Batch}

Yield: about 16-18 standard cupcakes 
Note: To make a two layer cake, double the recipe and prepare batter as directed. Grease two 8-9" cake pans, and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.


Green Velvet Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, dutch processed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature (click here to learn how to make buttermilk substitute)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup/4 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, room temperature 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • pinch salt 
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted


For the cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with baking cups. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat in softened butter and oil on medium speed until the mixture resembles moist crumbs, about 1 minuteIn a measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk, egg, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar. Slowly add half of the wet ingredients to the flour/butter mixture and beat about 1 minute until batter is smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl. Slowly add remaining wet ingredients and beat about 30 seconds until incorporated.

Immediately distribute all of the batter between the baking cups. Bake standard size cupcakes for 16-20 minutes and minis for 8-10 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

For the frosting:
With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth, followed by the cream cheese  (make sure they are both at room temperature so you do not get lumps in your frosting). Add vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until incorporated. Beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Pipe or spread on top of cooled cupcakes.

Add gold sprinkles and shamrock gummies.

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  1. Yum! These look fantastic! I love, love, love those shamrock gummies! So cute!

  2. Tiffany@ FizzypartyMarch 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    These do look fantastic, YUM! Love the tutorial too.

  3. Looks fun!

    Lindsay, i wrote about my last order, i have some questions about the directions. Is there a better e-mail addy to reach about those questions? I need help! :) Thanks and i will share this recipe and directions, everyone on my FaceBook page loves your ideas!!

  4. I’m planning the St. Patrick’s Day party for my daughter’s class. I can’t wait to make these..they will be a hit with the kids! I found some cello candy bags from Box and Wrap that have shamrocks on the bags….so cute. It’s the extra special touches that make the party great. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  5. Thanks Jessica, they really are so simple and quick to make, but are so festive!

  6. Wow, what a lucky daughter you have! Sounds like the party is going to be fantastic with all of your festive little touches. Be sure to email a us a pic or post a photo of your treats on the Dollhouse Bake Shoppe Facebook wall and let us know how it went, I would love to see how they turned out!

  7. They are indeed lovely but they are NOT SHAMROCKS, they are clovers and there is nothing Irish about a clover. A Shamrock has 3 leaves, not 4. So, if you use just 3 gummies, you will have a Shamrock, and therefore a St. Patrick's day treat.