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Green Velvet Cupcakes

Green Velvet Cupcakes – Deliciously moist and fluffy green vanilla cupcakes topped with a cream cheese frosting and Christmas sprinkles!

Green velvet cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting on marble background.

Today, I bring you a festive cupcake recipe – Green Velvet Cupcakes! These cupcakes are super moist and so fluffy from using Greek-style yoghurt and cake flour, and topped with a deliciously sweet cream cheese frosting and Christmas sprinkles. Originally, these cupcakes were going to be red velvet, but I couldn’t resist picking up the Holly Leaf colour!

Frosted Green Velvet Cupcakes on marble background with candy canes.

Overhead shot of cream cheese frosted Green Velvet Cupcakes with Christmas sprinkles on marble background.

Green Velvet Cupcakes

A super quick and easy recipe, these cupcakes can be made on Christmas morning, or can even be made a day in advance if you’re short for time. Simply cover the cupcakes and store at room temperature, and keep the frosting in the fridge until ready to use.

Cream Cheese frosted Green Velvet Cupcake on marble background with wrapper peeled off.

Green Velvet Cupcakes on marble background with wrapper peeled off.

These cupcakes are absolutely delicious. Infused with just enough vanilla extract, and a hint of cocoa powder, these were a huge hit with my family, and I’m sure they will be with yours, too!

A cream cheese frosted green velvet cupcake on its side on the wrapper with a bite taken out of it.

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5 from 1 vote
Green Velvet Cupcakes
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yields: 12 - 14 cupcakes
Calories: 465 kcal
Deliciously moist and fluffy green vanilla cupcakes topped with a cream cheese frosting and Christmas sprinkles!
For the Cupcakes
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cake flour* 150g
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup caster/granulated sugar 150g
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115g, melted
  • 1/2 cup Greek style yoghurt 120g
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • Green food colouring
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup cream cheese 225g, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 115g, softened
  • 5 cups icing/powdered sugar 625g
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with muffin cases, and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the eggs. Add the sugar, and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla extract, butter, and yoghurt, and whisk until combined. Mix in the vinegar, and green food colouring until you reach your desired colour. Fold in the dry ingredients. Add more colouring if needed.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups, filling only 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 15 - 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in the icing sugar until smooth and spreadable, then beat in the vanilla. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag, and frost the cooled cupcakes, or use a knife to frost like pictured. Decorate with sprinkles, or cupcake crumbs!

*Make your own cake flour! Measure out 1 and 1/2 cups (187g) of plain/all-purpose flour, remove 3 tablespoons, and replace with 3 tablespoons of cornflour/cornstarch. Sift well.

Leftover cupcakes can be stored, covered tightly, in the fridge for up to 3 days. Frosted or unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

Cupcakes can be made 1 day in advance, covered, and stored at room temperature. Cover the frosting, and store in the fridge until ready to use.

The calories are an estimate only.

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A frosted green velvet cupcake on its side on the wrapper with a bite taken out of it.

A long Pinterest image of Green Velvet Cupcakes with text overlay.

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  • Reply
    Demeter | Beaming Baker
    12th December 2016 at 7:23 pm

    These cupcakes are just perfect for the holidays! I think it’s safe to say that getting a dozen of these would be so much better than getting any other gift. 🙂 Love how festively you decorated these, Marsha! 🙂 Happy holidays, indeed. Pinned. xo

    • Reply
      13th December 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Demeter! 🙂 xo

  • Reply
    Vanessa @Vanessa Baked
    15th December 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Such a fun cupcake idea! They look great!

    • Reply
      16th December 2016 at 11:17 am

      Thanks, Vanessa!

  • Reply
    17th December 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Green velvet cupcakes are such a fun idea! They are so festive!

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