I realized just this afternoon that tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.  I guess with all the delousing going on around here, it just slipped my mind.  But being the most amazing awesome mom ever, I thought quick of something special and green to make for the occasion.  I headed to my favorite baking blog and found a yummy looking vanilla cupcake recipe just calling my name.

Now, I don’t care for pistachio’s like the recipe calls for, instead, I tossed in a whole bunch of leaf green food color gel to make my cupcakes fit for a Leprechaun (or three).  I then topped them off with plain ole cream cheese frosting (which, let’s face it…nothing is “plain” about cream cheese frosting!).

This recipe makes a very dense, very sweet and very tasty yellow green cupcake.  I don’t usually like white/yellow/vanilla cake and I was pleasantly surprised at the deliciousness of it.  It’s not to late to whip this up for some St. Patrick’s Day fun!

Lucky Vanilla Cupcakes by Sprinkle Bakes (modified just a little by yours truly)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

6 Tbsp butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 vanilla bean, seeded and hull discarded**

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp milk

**I did not have a whole vanilla bean lying around, so I just doubled the vanilla extract to 2 tsp and left the actual vanilla bean out I also added 2 tsp of Wilton Leaf Green gel food color to make it GREEN!

Heat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with papers.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until lightened in color and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions.  Beat in vanilla extract.

Add flour mixture and milk alternately.  When completely incorporated, divide batter evenly amongst liners, filling them 2/3 full (I used my 1/4 cup).  Bake for 15-20 minutes (check at 15).  Cool completely before frosting.

Once cool, I topped with Cream Cheese Frosting and tiny green ball sprinkles.

1 block cream cheese (8 oz) at room temp.

1 cube butter at room temp.

1 pound powdered sugar.

Cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.  Gradually add powdered sugar.

For more fun St. Patrick’s Day Recipes, check out my friend Kathleen’s blog.  She has a bunch of yummy stuff going on.

Such a sweet way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  What kind of fun stuff do you have planned?