St Patrick’s Day is almost here and anything green goes!
Have a go at making these green cupcakes – perfect with a
cup of tea pint of Guinness
This recipe will make around 20 cupcakes and preparation time is about 10 minutes, then another 10-15 minutes to cook them. Easy as!
To keep things simple I use a cup measure. The cup should hold approx 250 ml / 8fl oz of liquid.
St Patrick’s Day Cupcakes – Ingredients
- 125 g butter (or usual spread)
- Half cup Castor Sugar (or other white sugar)
- 1 lime (zest for the cupcakes/juice for the icing)
- 2 Eggs
- One and a half cups self-raising flour
- Approx one-third cup of milk (I use soy)
- Approx 10 drops of green food colouring – plus extra for icing
- Cupcake baking trays
- Cupcake paper cases – about 20
- Icing sugar to decorate (optional)
St Patrick’s Day Cupcakes – Method
- Assemble the food processor
- Whiz together the butter and sugar until creamy smooth
- Add the 2 eggs and lime zest and whiz again
- Add drops of green food colouring until required shade is achieved (it will lighten slightly when you add the flour)
- Add the flour and whiz some more
- Add the milk, bit by bit, and whiz for the final time – don’t make the mixture too runny (it should not fall easily off a spoon)
- Put the cupcake paper cases in the baking trays and fill each one with a good heaped tablespoon of the mix
- Cook in a pre-heated moderate oven for 10-15 minutes (keep an eye on them because they cook quickly)
- Once they have risen and look golden green they are cooked – place each one on a wire rack to cool completely
- Make icing by mixing together icing sugar, some of the lime juice and green food colouring
Handy Hints and Variations
- Cupcakes are delicious served while they are still warm – but if you want to decorate them with icing you’ll have to wait until they cool completely
- Top off the icing with small pieces of green fruit
- Serve with fresh whipped cream, mixed with a few drops of green food colouring
- Cupcakes are best eaten on the day, but will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days
- They freeze well and are perfect for school lunch boxes
Did You Know?
The shamrock (a green plant that grows in profusion in Irish fields) give the Emerald Isle its special hue and name. The Irish wear the shamrock with pride, particularly on St Patrick’s Day. The custom if known as ‘the wearing of the green’.
Have fun on St Patrick’s Day
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