I know what you’re thinking…Green Velvet? Yes, Green Velvet Cupcakes, with a mouth-watering Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting.
I mentioned that I had to do a bunch of baking for the bambino’s school, and one of the things I signed up for was dessert. 2 dozen cupcakes, specifically. And since they’re needed today, which just so happens to be St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to make these Green Velvet Cupcakes–Rather than Red Velvet, which is the most-requested cupcake people ask me to make!
I decided that I’d add some Baileys to the cream cheese frosting–Just for a little boost in flavor. I tried a bit of the frosting before I piped it on the cupcakes…Oh. My. Gods. This seriously is the BEST frosting I have ever made or eaten. I really think that from now on, whenever I make cream cheese frosting, it needs to have Baileys in it.
I really can’t get over just how GOOD this is. Why did I not think of it before?
Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and the green food coloring to make a paste (*Rather than buying 2 bottles, I simply fill the bottle with water after dumping out the food coloring). Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until combined. Add in the vanilla. Add in the cocoa paste.
On low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the butter or sour milk, beginning and ending with the flour.
Using a large (3-Tbsp.) scoop, place the batter in the prepared pans, and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of several cupcakes comes out clean.Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before cooling completely on wire racks.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and cream cheese, about 2 minutes. On low speed, begin adding half the powdered sugar.
Scrape the bowl, then add the vanilla and the Baileys. Add the rest of the powdered sugar. Whip the mixture on high for about 30 seconds.