It is not too late to make a quick dessert for St. Patrick's Day. Grab your favorite cake mix and bake a batch of cupcakes. While they are cooling mix up some really yummy frosting tinted green with a hint of mint. A few sprinkles and Voilà
Slice the tops off and spread frosting before replacing the tops for a slightly different look.
Pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake. If you color half of the frosting and leave the other half white, you can create this two-toned effect. Spoon the tinted frosting down one side of the piping bag and the un-tinted frosting down the other side. As the frosting comes from the tip, there will be a soft swirl of color.
Minty Cream Cheese Frosting
makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes or 1 cake
8-oz cream cheese, softened
8-oz butter, softened
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp mint extract (add more if you like)
pinch of salt
In electric mixer bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until well creamed and fluffy. Beat in the mint extract and salt. Turn mixer to low speed, beat in the confectioners sugar, a cup at a time, until smooth and creamy.
If desired, color frosting using food coloring or paste. In the cupcakes shown here, I colored half of the frosting and added both the white and green to the piping bag to create a swirled effect.