Spinach Cupcakes with Orange Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Spinach Cupcakes with Orange Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Only a couple more days left until St. Patrick’s Day! Have you figured out what you’re making to celebrate? Although I’m currently down with the stomach flu, I made something green and delicious this past weekend… Spinach cupcakes with orange whipped cream cheese frosting. When I think of St. Patrick’s Day recipes I immediately think of food dyed with green food coloring, but let’s be honest, that isn’t very appetizing. Make yourself a batch of these naturally green spinach cupcakes instead!

St. Patrick's Day Spinach Cupcakes with Orange Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

To prepare the spinach, put the chopped spinach in the food processor along with the oil and process until it forms a purée.

St. Patrick's Day Spinach Cupcakes

Add the spinach mixture into the cupcake batter and voilà! Beautiful naturally green batter. Portion the batter into 16 cupcake liners and bake them for 14 to 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

St. Patrick's Day Spinach Cupcakes

Take the cupcakes out of the pan right after they come out of the oven, and let them cool completely on a wire rack. Meanwhile, prepare the orange whipped cream cheese frosting.

St. Patrick's Day Spinach Cupcakes

Put the frosting into a piping bag and pipe away! I used a large star nozzle (Ateco 825). The recipe makes enough frosting to frost 16 cupcakes when piped into a rosette. If you want to pipe the frosting in a classic swirl, you’ll most likely need more frosting.

St. Patrick's Day Spinach Cupcakes

If you look closely, you’ll see that these spinach cupcakes match the colors of the Irish flag! Green from the cupcakes, white from the frosting, and orange from the zest.

St. Patrick's Day Spinach Cupcakes

Although these cupcakes have spinach in them, the flavor is very subtle. They have a slightly earthy, leafy, green flavor, but subtle enough to fool any spinach hater. Spinach cupcakes are not only great for St. Patrick’s Day, but they’re the perfect way to sneak some veggies into your children’s diet! They don’t count as a serving of vegetable, but you’ll feel less guilty about eating a cupcake or two, right?

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Spinach Cupcakes with Orange Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 16 cupcakes

Spinach Cupcakes with Orange Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting


    Spinach cupcakes
  • 1 cup (225g) sugar
  • 1¾ cups (175g) cake flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup finely chopped spinach
  • 4 oz (113.4g) cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


    For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat your oven to 340°F (170°C) and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. In a food processor, combine the spinach and canola oil. Process until it forms a purée and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream, and the spinach mixture.
  5. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  6. Fill the cupcake liners evenly and bake for 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer them onto a wire rack immediately and let them cool completely.
    For the frosting
  1. In a bowl, whip the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and orange zest and continue to beat.
  3. Fold in the heavy cream until combined.
  4. Fill a piping bag with the frosting and pipe onto each cupcake.

I’m bringing these spinach cupcakes to this week’s Fiesta Friday! Come join the fun!

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  • Reply Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook March 18, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Now, I am interested about these cupcakes. I haven’t encountered cupcakes with spinach before and you got my attention. ? These sounds delicious! I love the cream cheese frosting and the addition of orange zest! Yum!?

  • Reply frugal hausfrau March 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a fun idea! I’m glad you gave a description of the spinach being subtle, though – helped me wrap my mind around it! I hate dyed green things for St. Paddy’s, too.


  • Reply kunstkitchen March 23, 2017 at 11:25 am

    This would be a good alternative to pure sugar cupcakes.

  • Reply Antonia (Zoale) March 24, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I love this, what a great idea! I have to try these!

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