Thursday, March 14, 2013

Friday Features - Something for St. Paddy's day

ROMANCING THE GREEN. St. Patrick's Day lands on Sunday this year, which I though would get me out of celebrations at work. Any excuse for a pot luck, right? 

Today, Friday, the finance office is holding a treasure hunt. Coins, some chocolate, some real cash, have been hidden around the department. The hunt begins at 10:30. I'll miss it, because Friday is my day off. Let me see... Chocolate coins vs. sleeping in late and not having to fiddle with our software upgrade. I pick a day off. 

But, that doesn't mean I get out of a pot luck. My department will have one of those on Monday. No getting out of it. I always go into it determined to be rational, and I always come out of it stuffed. We have some good cooks in our group and with 30+ people, there's always plenty to go around. 

I've just rededicated myself to using my calorie/exercise counter and being diligent to sticking to my calorie count. This time I'm going to log the calories in FIRST, then decide if the item is worth it. I think I'll have more success doing it this way instead of logging after and then regretting my choices. 

So having said all that, I'm going to make Green Velvet Cupcakes for the pot luck! ~CO

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Flavorful Green Treats

(Family Features) St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect occasion to have fun in the kitchen with the color and flavor of the holiday – vivid green and refreshing peppermint.

“Food color and extract can transform an ordinary cupcake or cookie into a festive delight, worthy of any St. Paddy’s party,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens.

For a green twist on classic red velvet cupcakes, stir green food color into basic cake mix and add pure vanilla extract, sour cream and cocoa powder. Whip up minty green cream cheese frosting and decorate with green sprinkles or colored sugar to make them fun for kids of all ages.

Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes
Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes 24 servings

1          package (18 1/4 ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
1          cup sour cream
1/2       cup water
1/4       cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4       cup vegetable oil
1          bottle (1 ounce) McCormick Green Food Color
3          eggs
2          teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
1          container (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting or Vanilla
            Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
            Green sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.

Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Minty Green Cream Cheese Frosting:
Stir 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Green Food Color into canned cream cheese frosting or Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
Beat 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened, 2 tablespoons sour cream and 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners' sugar until smooth. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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1 comment:

  1. Ilove all the green that comes out at St. Patrick's Day! I keep eying up the green cakes in the bakery of the store where I shop. There is one in particular that has been begging for my attention with mint green icing and sprinkles of chocolate. I'm not a cake person, but I do love mint and it looks soooo tempting. So far, I've held strong (if you don't count the chips I ate, LOL).

    Enjoy your potluck, Christy. I'm sure those delicious cupcakes are going to be a hit!