Green Velvet Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting |

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these festive green velvet cupcakes topped with Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting!

Green Velvet Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting |

The St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes are done!! 🙂 I made Green Velvet cupcakes and topped them with Bailey’s Irish Buttercream frosting! Here’s the recipe!!


UPDATE March 2014:

So… this post is from the VERY early days of this blog! Can you tell? I think I’ve come a long way since 2009!  I have reworked this post a bit, adding the ZipList recipe and fixing the photos.  This recipe has become very popular on Pinterest and social media, so I wanted to make it a little more user friendly.

Surprisingly, I haven’t made another St. Patrick’s Day cupcake again until 2014 when I made Lucky Charms Cupcakes!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Green Velvet Cupcakes for St. Patrick

Yield: 2+ dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes


Green Velvet Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp liquid green food coloring
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sat
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 Tbsp Bailey's Irish Cream
  • Green sugar crystals, for garnish



  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs, vinegar, vanilla and green food coloring.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Add half the flour mixture to the wet mixture and fold gently.
  5. Stir in the buttermilk.
  6. Fold in the remaining flour mixture and fold until just combined.
  7. Fill the cupcake liners 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  8. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth.
  2. Add the salt and vanilla and mix until combined.
  3. Mix in 3-4 Tbsp Irish Cream. Add more or less depending on the consistency of frosting you desire.
  4. Beat on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Using a large round top, pipe swirls of frosting onto the cupcake.
  6. Alternately, use an offset spatula to spread the frosting over the top of the cupcake. Line the sides with green sugar crystals

Orange Creamsicle Disaster

*I’ll take better pictures in the daylight tomorrow!*

So I’m a little bummed how the Orange Creamsicle cupcakes turned out tonight. I followed the recipe as instructed, but I think some things need a little tweeking. Next time, I’ll only fill the cups 1/2 way and really watch them the last 2 minutes.

Some of them came out a little toasty around the edges. And although the marshmallow makes it the creamsicle part, I’m not sure if I like how it looks piped onto the cupcake. I think next time, I’ll stick with straight orange buttercream frosting (which is DELICIOUS, by the way) and just call them Orange Delight cupcakes.

I’ll try these again someday…. make them perfect!!

Mocha Vanilla Swirl cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp
1 large egg, plus 1 large egg white, at room temp
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup+1tsp STRONG brewed coffee (Starbucks Pike Place roast was used for this cupcake)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare pan for 12 cupcakes.

Use mixer to combine sugar and butter until fluffy (3-5 minutes).

While that is mixing, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Add the egg and egg white slowly to the sugar and egg and beat well.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then add the milk. Add 1/3 more flour mixture and then add the coffee.

Mix in the rest of the flour mixture until just combined (don’t overbeat your cupcakes or they will be disgusting).

Using an ice cream scoop, fill 12 cupcake papers with equal amounts of batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Vanilla Filling
1/2 package instant vanilla pudding
A little less than 1/2 cup milk
A little less than 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish creme

Mix all ingredients with electric mixture until it has the consistency of thick pudding.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temp
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp whipping cream

Beat the butter until it’s smooth and creamy.

Slowly add the powdered sugar until it’s smooth.

Add the milk and cocoa.

Scrape down sides of bowl.

Beat on high 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.

Cupcake Assembly

Cool cupcakes completely.

Cut out a little cone shape in the tops of each cupcake.
Drop in a dollop of Bailey’s filling and squish the top back on the cupcake. If it squirts out the sides a little, no worries.
Pipe the frosting on top, making sure to cover the seams and the filling.
Add espresso bean on top.
Cupcake and Filling recipe adapted from: Frosted Creations
Frosting recipe happens to be the same as Frosted Creations, but is also one I use.