Recipe: Green Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla-Mint Frosting


Love red velvet cupcakes? Try this easy recipe to turn them into green velvet cupcakes with minty green cream cheese frosting. They're the perfect treat for St. Patrick's Day or any other spring holiday party.


For a green twist on classic red velvet cupcakes, stir green food color into basic cake mix and add pure vanilla extract, sour cream, and cocoa powder. Whip up a minty green cream cheese frosting and decorate with green sprinkles or colored sugar to make them fun for kids of all ages.


green velvet cupcakes with mint frostingEasy Green Velvet Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time:
20 minutes
24 cupcakes



1 package (18¼ ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding

1 cup sour cream

½ cup water

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 bottle (1 ounce) green food color

3 eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 container (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting or Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)

Green sprinkles (optional)



1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.

3. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup ? full.

4. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

5. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.


Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes: 2½ cups frosting



1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

¼ cup (½ stick) butter, softened

2 tablespoons sour cream

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon pure peppermint extract

½ teaspoon green food color



1. Beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream, and vanilla in a large bowl until light and fluffy.

2. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until smooth.

3. Stir in the peppermint extract and green food color.


Recipe courtesy of McCormick