Need to make dessert, but don’t have a lot of time? This Easy Vanilla Green Tea Cupcakes From A Box recipe is here to help.
Everyone loves dessert. Sometimes made from scratch isn’t an option, especially if you don’t like to bake. With a few added ingredients you can transform a cake mix into any flavour you like.
Our #FoodBlogGenius collaboration this month is all about the colour Green. I think everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring. Check out the 6 Delicious Green Recipes. We will have you eating green all day long!!
Matcha Green Tea Crepes by Julia from Imagelicious
Crustless Kale Artichoke Ricotta Quiche by Veena from Veena Azmanov
Easy Vanilla Green Tea Cupcakes From A Box by Gloria from Homemade & Yummy
Kiwi Pear Spinach Pineapple Smoothie by Melissa & Greg from My Wife Can Cook
Gluten Free Grasshopper Brownies by Sarah from The Fit Cookie
Peppermint Choc Chip Nicecream by Kirsten from Treat Yourself Sweeter
It has been such a mild winter here. In fact, I cannot remember one like this at all. Who goes out for a walk in February with a spring jacket on? Yes I know all you lucky southern people can. Us Canadians (well in Ontario) never get that luxury.
However, it did happen last week, and I totally enjoyed my walk in the sun.
Do You Like To Bake?
It seems this month I have quite a few dinners to attend, and even a birthday celebration to host. Lots of baking will be happening in the kitchen. What is you favourite thing to bake?
Maybe baking is not your thing? Or you like to bake, but not from scratch. Not everyone aspires to be a baker. I prefer cooking to baking. I do both, but I find cooking much more forgiving, and easy to experiment with.
Baking on the other hand is like science in the kitchen. Precise measurements, temperatures, not often swaying from the exact ingredient list. My Speckled Toffee Cake recipe is one that requires precision in the baking department.
Almost From Scratch
When you don’t want to spend the time baking from scratch, almost from scratch is a great option. Using some bought ingredients, and adding your own twist. This works for cooking too, like my Almost Homemade Pizza recipe.
Life is busy. Sometimes we need a break from the hustle and bustle. I am one for finding ways to take the load off. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time in the kitchen, or I wouldn’t be a food blogger. I think about making food all the time.
But even food bloggers need a break now and again. For me that is when slow cooker comes out. I call it the “magician” in the kitchen. One of the most useful inventions ever. Pile stuff in, turn it on, go about my day while it magically transforms those ingredients into deliciousness.
Easy Vanilla Green Tea Cupcakes From A Box are a perfect example of the almost from scratch baking. Add some vanilla extract and matcha green tea powder to a store bought cake mix. Frost with some mint flavoured buttercream.
No one will ever know you didn’t bake these from scratch. They are beautiful and delicious. The best part is that you didn’t have to play the mad scientist role to bake them.
Baking from scratch can be fun and rewarding. Baking from scratch can seem overwhelming to some people. If you want to bake, but don’t want the stress, Easy Vanilla Green Tea Cupcakes From A Box is the perfect recipe.
What is your favourite thing to bake? Cake, cupcakes, pie, cookies or muffins?
Talking about muffins, Nutella Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are perfect for brunch, snacks, or alongside your favourite tea or latte.
Don’t forget to check out all the GREEN recipes from the bloggers of #FoodBlogGenius.
Easy Vanilla Green Tea Cupcakes From A Box
For the Cupcakes:
- 1 store bought cake mix (I used a White Cake Mix)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tsp matcha green tea powder
For the Buttercream:
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 cups icing sugar (sifted)
- 1/8 tsp mint flavouring
- milk (thin to desired consistency)
- green gel colouring (enough to achieve desired colour)
Preheat oven according to box directions. Line a muffin tin with liners.
To make the Cupcakes:
Mix cake mix according to package directions.
Add the vanilla and mix.
Add the matcha green tea and mix well.
Fill muffin liners 2/3 full with batter.
Bake according to package directions. Test with cake tester. When done, remove from oven. Let cool for a few minutes, then transfer cupcakes to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.
For the Buttercream:
Using a stand mixed, cream the butter and salt until fluffy.
Start adding the sifted icing sugar, about 1 cup at a time. Blend well each time.
Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency of frosting.
If you are going to make different coloured icing, divide buttercream into bowls. For this recipe I just removed some of the buttercream into a bowl, since I was using both white and green for the colours.
Tint the buttercream to the desired colour.
Place your desired tips onto piping bags, and fill the bags with buttercream.
The tips I used for this recipe were:
Green buttercream: 1M
White buttercream: #32
Leaf Green for the colour gel
For more green and chocolate, check out Nutella Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins.