Green Ombre St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

Green ombre cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Made with white cake mix and homemade buttercream, these have 3 colorful layers!

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Basic boxed white cake mix + basic buttercream + a TON of green food coloring. It won’t get simpler than this.

They are green for no other reason than St. Patrick’s Day. Green. Lots of GREEN! Perfectly festive!

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I used a cake mix. You aren’t cake mix snobs though, right? You know you like cake mix cakes! Sure, it’s not from scratch, but it’s still really delicious, and as I’ve said before, sometimes it’s okay to take the shortcuts. Not everything has to be gourmet, made-from-scratch, slaved-in-the-kitchen-all-day, ALL the time. You always need easy and fast dessert options in your bag of tricks.

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Simple white cake with delicious, rich, fluffy homemade buttercream… because even if I use a cake mix, I would NEVER skimp on making frosting from scratch. It’s just a thing I have. Frosting from scratch is a must.

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I will occasionally use the prepared stuff in a pinch, but I’m a ready-made frosting snob. Not a cake mix snob, but a frosting snob. The frosting is the best part though, so it has to be done right. I know you get it.

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I’ve had such a hard time feeling creative with Guinness and Bailey’s, but COLORFUL is not typically an issue for me. I just wanted to make cupcakes that would be bright and fun, and would scream St. Patrick’s Day! Colorful green cake in an ombre effect, in the spirit of St. Patty’s. Mission accomplished, yes?

The ombre layers aren’t perfect. They are a little wonky in places. Doesn’t impact the fun of them though! Or the taste! 😉

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Green Ombre St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes
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Green ombre cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Made with white cake mix and homemade buttercream, these have 3 colorful layers!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 1 - box white cake mix, prepared according to package instructions (For me, this included 1 c. water, ¼ c. vegetable oil, and 3 egg whites)
  • green food coloring (I used Americolor Gel Paste in Leaf Green)
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3½ c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp. milk or water
For cupcakes:
  1. Place paper cupcake liners in each of 24 regular-sized muffin cups.
  2. Prepare white cake mix according to package instructions.
  3. Divide batter evenly among 3 bowls.
  4. Using the food coloring, color one bowl of batter a darker green, one bowl a lighter/medium green, and leave one bowl plain white. You could actually make the final layer an even lighter shade of green if you prefer, but I wanted a starker contrast between the cupcake and the green frosting on top, so I left it plain!
  5. Divide the darker green batter evenly among muffin cups, about 2 tbsp. of batter, or 1 scoop with a standard cookie scoop. Tap the pan on the counter to evenly spread and distribute the batter.
  6. Divide the lighter/medium green batter evenly among muffin cups, using the same method.
  7. Repeat with plain white batter.
  8. Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes, or until the edges of the cupcakes are golden brown.
  9. Cool in pan on wire racks for about 10 minutes, then remove cupcakes from pan, and cool completely.
For buttercream:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar.
  2. Mix on low until well-blended.
  3. Add vanilla and milk, and beat on medium speed for 3-4 minutes, adding more milk if needed to achieve a thick and fluffy consistency.
  4. Add green food coloring to desired color, and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Enjoy!

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    • says

      Thanks, Blair! I think kids would love these! And they’re easy to make, so they could participate. Any colors would work too!

    • says

      Lol!! They are super easy too. And since they’re just white cake and buttercream basically, they’re DELICIOUS!!! Thanks, girl! :)

    • says

      Thank you so much, Medha! They were super simple! The ombre didn’t turn out perfectly even, but it was still pretty and fun! :)

  1. says

    I’m totes cool with cake mixes…they happen all the time in my kitchen. But yes, homemade frosting trumps the can…most of the time :-) Love these fun cupcakes with all the green going on in them!!!

    • says

      Thanks so much!! Yes, I think cake mixes rock, and I’m down with them too!! They are just super handy and useful sometimes. They’re also just plain delicious! Have a great weekend!

  2. says

    visiting from lambert lately linky…thanks for reminding me of this style. I was going to make my grand kids some cupcakes with yellow m&m’s for leprechaun “gold” but can’t find them,! I saw your post and that reminded me of this style. I have made them before with several colors and called them rainbow cakes. But your way with the green… think I’ll use it! ombre cupcakes…didn’t know they were named that, but it fits!

  3. says

    Oh my…so delicious, so cute! I’m always get so excited to see what you have brought to the party! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being part of our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

  4. says

    It doesn’t have to be St. Patty’s day to enjoy these. Yummy! Thanks for sharing it at the party! Hope to see you again this week. Pinned & shared.


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