Saucy had a thought to post a sort of green velvet cupcake before Bakerella beat her to the punch last week. At any rate, with the Cheerios coming over on the weekend, green cupcakes with gold frosting were in order. Saucy set aside the last few cakes... and with a little luck... and some Lucky Charms... she made some magically delicious cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day.
Kids of all ages enjoy marshmallow pink hearts, yellow moons, shamrock hats and rainbows. Saucy picked out the hats and rainbows for the cupcakes, mostly because Loopy had been there first and swiped the pink hearts. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Edible gold glitter, available at baking suppliers.
The key to this green shade is starting with the right cake mix. Saucy grabbed a Betty Crocker Super Moist white mix out of the pantry. Since she knew she'd be throwing all that green food colour into the batter, she went ahead and added 3 whole eggs to the mix, instead of the 3 egg whites... figuring that the egg yolks couldn't hurt and would only make the cake a little more dense, yellow and pound-cake like. She was right. Other than that, she simply followed her regular altered cake mix cupcake recipe.
If you choose to dye your batter with a readily available food colour from the grocery store (the liquid kind), Saucy would caution you that you will need quite a bit of it to achieve this shade of green... in fact, an entire one of those teeny-tiny bottles that you get four shades in (red, yellow, blue and green) won't be enough - so get a large bottle of green and figure that into your one cup of liquid.
Otherwise, proceed as Saucy did - with Wilton Kelly Green food colour paste. Paste colour is infinitely easier to use because it doesn't muck with the liquid amounts or consistency of frostings and batters. Remember when using professional-grade food dyes like Wilton, the intensity of the colour increases after baking, or in the case of frosting, after setting.
May the Luck 'O the Irish be with you this week - and also with the Cheerios... who have their first competition on Wednesday night. It must be a good sign that they will be wearing green, don't you think?