Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting are a change-up from the standard Red Velvet Cupcakes, and are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. The addition of Baileys to the frosting gives them extra warmth and flavor.

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting

I know what you’re thinking…Green Velvet? Yes, Green Velvet Cupcakes, with a mouth-watering Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting. You’ll thank me later, I promise.

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. I’m one of those parents who is happy to throw money at the school or bring baked goods or whatever is needed for teacher meals, but please don’t ask me to actually show up and do a two-hour shift for something.

Since the cupcakes are 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! It’s a fun way to mark the holiday.

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting

I also decided to 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.

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting

I really think that from now on, whenever I make cream cheese frosting, it needs to have Baileys in it. Maybe not. I could eat this with a spoon, it’s so tasty. Almost like an Irish Cream Cheesecake, but even better.

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting

I really can’t get over just how GOOD this is. Why did I not think of it before? Of course, you can leave the Baileys out, if that’s not your thing. But trust me, it makes this frosting THAT MUCH BETTER! You could also swap it out for some Whiskey Salted Caramel Buttercream, which would be just as tasty.

Yield: 24

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 oz. green food coloring*
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 C buttermilk or sour milk**

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 8-oz. block of cream cheese
  • 8 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1-2 oz. heavy cream
  • shamrock sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

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. 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 salt. one ounce of the heavy cream and all the Baileys. Add the rest of the powdered sugar. Once all the sugar has been added, whip the mixture on high for 1 minute.

Pipe or decorate the cupcakes as desired, topping with sprinkles if using.

Notes

*Rather than buying 2 bottles, I simply fill the bottle with water after dumping out the food coloring.

**To make sour milk, place 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring cup. Add enough milk to make one cup, stir together, and allow to sit 5 minutes before using.

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4 Replies to “Green Velvet Cupcakes with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. I love the idea of green velvet cupcakes. And I cannot get over this frosting! I bet it is absolutely amazing. I am a huge fan of cream cheese frosting, and I bet the Bailey’s addition just takes it over the top. :)

  2. Pingback: Mocha Torte with Baileys Buttercream » Tramplingrose

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