Green Velvet Mint Cupcakes

with Cream Cheese Frosting
This year for St Patrick’s Day, we wanted to make something we have never made before. Something like these Green Velvet Mint Cupcakes! Made in the colors of the Irish Flag, Green, White and Orange. Each cupcake is filled with a peppermint patty, which is the “mint” part of this recipe. A few extra peppermint patties are chopped and then sprinkled on the tops of the frosted cupcakes.
green velvet

Had To Be Green 

This recipe had to be “Green” and when I think of St. Patty’s Day, I think mint, so it had to be”Minty.” Green Velvet Mint Cupcakes were the perfect answer! Everyone has heard of Red Velvet Cake, but Green Velvet? More than likely you have even made Red Velvet cupcakes or a Red Velvet cake. So why not try Green Velvet!

The colors of the Irish flag are: Green, White and Orange. The green color on the flag represents the native people of Ireland,  (most of whom are Roman Catholic), the orange color represents the British Supporters of William of Orange, who settled in Northern Ireland in the 17th century (most of whom are Protestant). The White in the center of the flag represents peace between these two groups of people.

Green Velvet Mint Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cool mint, green velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and decorated in the colors of the Irish flag.
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  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 ounce green food coloring
  • 10 peppermint patty candy, frozen
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter,room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 pound, powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk, or as needed
  • few drops of orange food coloring, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350º Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add oil, buttermilk, vinegar, and mint extract.
  • Stir together with wire whisk until blended. Add green food coloring and stir together. Set aside.
  • Remove peppermint patties from freezer. Unwrap patties and set aside.
  • Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together with wire whisk. Pour you wet ingredients into your dry ingredients. Mix with an electric mixer on medium high for about 1 minute or until well combined.
  • Cut 6 peppermint patties in fourths. Fill each cupcake liner 1/4 full with green velvet batter. Put 1/4 piece of peppermint candy on top of batter. Divide remaining green velvet batter among the 24 cupcake liners, filling 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  • Remove cupcakes from oven and cool on wire rack.
  • When cupcakes are cool, frost with cream cheese frosting
  • Make Cream Cheese Frosting: Cream together cream cheese, butter and mint extract in a medium bowl until smooth.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar and continue to beat. Add milk if needed and continue to beat until smooth. Add a few drops of orange food coloring, if desired, and whip until you have reached desired color and consistency.
  • Frost cooled cupcakes. Chop remaining peppermint patties and sprinkle on top of cupcakes.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 899kcal, Carbohydrates: 185g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 708mg, Potassium: 153mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 143g, Vitamin A: 395IU, Calcium: 73mg, Iron: 2.9mg
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Irish Soda Bread Scones is another delicious recipe you can make for St. Patrick’s Day.

Healthy Note: Fat-free egg product can replace eggs at a savings of 5 grams of  fat each. Use 1/4 cup egg product for each large egg~