St. Patrick’s Pistachio Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

St. Patrick’s Pistachio Cupcakes 

with Cream Cheese Icing


Baking isn’t my favorite activity, but I love a good excuse to make ‘themed’ food. St. Patrick’s Day is such a spirited holiday full of green food.  This recipe not only made these cupcakes, but I was also able to make pistachio bread to serve to my coworkers too.

Cake Ingredients
1 box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 small box pistachio pudding mix
1/2 cup sour cream
8-12 drops green food coloring
Frosting
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 stick softened butter, unsalted
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Yellow food coloring 
Gold Pearl Dust or Sprinkles (optional)
(note: If you only bake one batch of the cupcakes, halve the frosting recipe.)
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  

In a stand or electric mixer, add cake mix, eggs, water, oil, pudding, and sour cream.  

Beat on medium for 1 1/2 minutes.  Slowly beat in 5-8 drops of green decorating paste until you get desired color of green.  


Scoop batter into paper lined mini cupcake tins.  (I found gold ones!)



Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through.  Let cool completely.

To prepare frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. 



Slowly add powdered sugar until creamy and thick. 

Add in vanilla and a few drops of yellow food coloring.

 



Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with gold pearl dust or sprinkles if desired.


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