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". 

Top your cupcakes, cakes, cookies and more!.

Green Velvet Cupcakes {Small Batch}

Yield:  8 standard or 2 dozen mini cupcakes


Green Velvet Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons (94g) cake flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, room temperature OR 1/3 cup whole milk mixed with 1 teaspoon vinegar, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons green food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces (1/2 of an 8oz package) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring butter, milk and egg to room temperature. Line a cupcake pan with 8 standard size baking cups (or 24 minis).In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, making sure there are no lumps of cocoa powder (if your dry ingredients are not well sifted you will have streaks or lumps of cocoa powder in your cake). With an electric mixer, beat in softened butter and oil on medium speed until the mixture resembles moist crumbs, about 1 minute. In a measuring cup, lightly whisk together buttermilk (or milk and vinegar), egg, food coloring and vanilla. Slowly add half of the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and beat about 1-2 minutes until batter is smooth and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add remaining wet ingredients and beat about 30 seconds until incorporated. Stir baking soda into vinegar (it will fizz) and thoroughly fold into batter.

Immediately d
istribute all of the batter between 8 standard size cups (about 1/4 cup batter each) or 24 mini baking cups (about 1 1/2 tablespoons batter each). 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.

Prepare Frosting:
With an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth (make sure they are both at room temperature so you do not get lumps in your frosting). Add vanilla. 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.