Green Velvet Cupcakes a sweet way to celebrate

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Seeing green: Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes put an Irish twist on German chocalate cupcakes. | Supplied photo

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect occasion to have fun in the kitchen with the color and flavor of the holiday — vivid green and refreshing peppermint.

For a green twist on classic red velvet cupcakes, stir green food color into basic cake mix and add pure vanilla extract, sour cream and cocoa powder. Whip up minty green cream cheese frosting and decorate with green sprinkles or colored sugar to make them fun for kids of all ages.

Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Makes 24 servings

1 package (18 1/4 ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick Green Food Color

3 eggs

2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

1 container (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting

Green sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.

Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Minty Green Cream Cheese Frosting:

Stir 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Green Food Color into canned cream cheese frosting.

— Family Features