Happy St. Patrick's Day Green Velvet Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!  We love this celebration of our family's Irish heritage and especially the food we get to eat.  Every year the kids ask when we are roasting the corned beef and cabbage....and every year it goes faster than a leprechaun can find a pot o' gold at the end of a rainbow.  I thought I would share one of my favorite little pots of green, our little Green Velvet Cupcakes with Irish Creme Frosting.  I hope you enjoy them as much as our little leprechauns do.

St. Patrick's Day Green Velvet Cupcakes

2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Cup Cocoa
1 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1 Cup Buttermilk
2 Large Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
3 Tablespoons Green Food Coloring

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl add flour, sugar, soda, salt, and cocoa and sift together and set aside.  In your mixer add mayonnaise, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.  Slowly add the dry ingredients that you sifted together and mix until smooth.  

Place the cupcake papers in the cupcake pans and fill them evenly about two thirds of the way full.  Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minuets.  Let cool.

Irish Creme Frosting

1/4 Cup of Room Temperature Butter
1 Package of Room Temperature Cream Cheese
Approximately 3 to 4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
Irish Creme Flavored Creamer

In a mixer with a whisk attachment, add butter and cream cheese and cream together until smooth.  Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and begin to mix together.  Slowly add the Irish Creme Creamer until the mixture becomes light and smooth.  You may want to add more sugar or more creamer until you get the consistency you want.  You will want the frosting to keep it's peaks as you pull the whisk out to get a pretty peak on the cakes.

Once the cupcakes are cool frost with your favorite and enjoy!

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