Green Velvet Cupcakes w/ Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

So it might only be a few days past my Whole30 (cough only 2) so of course I’m already baking cupcakes! Can’t let a holiday pass without a batch of homemade cupcakes right?!

So I took a red velvet cake recipe that I’ve had forever, and just made it green for St. Patrick’s day! Pretty easy right? And this recipe is amazing, it is a huge hit at family gatherings, and my coworkers are always requesting this recipe whenever I offer to make cupcakes to bring to work.

I’ve gotten really into baking the past few years.  I actually really started picking it up as I started my fitness journey… a little strange right?!  I was eating clean for awhile, and I had a hard time finding recipes that were okay to eat, that didn’t have any preservatives or extra junk in it.  So I just started making things from scratch.  And honestly, it’s so much better for you (in moderation of course) and you can absolutely taste the difference.  I will never go back to a boxed mixed cake or jarred frosting ever again.

For these cupcakes, I looked high and LOW for those gold chocolate medallion candies, I wanted them as a topper SO BAD for these cupcakes! I was so late to the game, being on Whole30 I never even thought about making cupcakes this week until it was too late! By the time I got out to the stores, all of the Easter candy was out, no more gold medallions!

For piping onto the cupcakes, I have had a lot of practice, and I still learn new techniques all of the time, I am always looking for new ways to decorate my cupcakes. YouTube is awesome that is for sure. I just used a 12inch Wilton piping bag, and have a nifty tip case with all sizes, so I’m able to do almost anything! For these particular cupcakes I used tip 2D. I’m still not that great, but I have options! For the gold top, I just used the Wilton gold color mist, and it actually just spray paints right on the cupcakes really nicely for a slight gold finish. Add a little green sugar crystals, and you have a very nice looking cupcake!

I’ve never done a blog post for a recipe before, so I don’t have that many pretty photos but I have an awesome recipe to share! If you give it a try, let me know what you think!


Green Velvet Cake

Recipe makes 24 cupcakes OR a 2 layer cake


2 ½ C all-purpose flour

2 C sugar

1 Tbsp. cocoa

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

1 C buttermilk

1 1/2 C oil

1 Tbsp. vinegar

1 oz. green food coloring (use 2oz. for Red Velvet)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with a whisk until blended. Set aside.
  3. Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together until well combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.
  5. Pour into prepared pans. If baking a cake, drop the pans onto the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for about 20-24 minutes for cupcakes, 30-35 minutes for a cake or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


1 C butter, room temperature

4-5 C powder sugar, depending on how sweet you want it

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2-3 Tbsp. milk, cream, almond milk, use as much as you prefer to thin it out

Pinch of salt, optional


  1. Beat butter in electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and mix thoroughly between each cup. Add a Tbsp. of milk/cream between sugar additions until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Mix in a tsp. of vanilla extract. Taste, if it’s too sweet, add a pinch of salt.
  4. Will make enough to pipe onto 24 cupcakes or spread on to a 2 layer cake thinly.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. threebrits says:

    Ooh these look so great!!


  2. Andrew Marco says:

    this is a perfect way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! So awesome, plus I love cupcakes 🙂

    I was wondering if you were on FB at all? It would be amazing if you could share your recipe in our group, would love for you to join our community of food lovers! Check us out here:


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