Luck O’ the Irish Simple Chocolate Cupcakes

Do you know what one of my absolute favorite holidays is? That’s right, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. I’m an Irish girl through and through and I love celebrating this holiday with an icy cold beverage in hand.

Parties, get-togethers and family dinners make this day complete…well, that and maybe a Guinness and some Jameson to wash down all of the food.

I come from an Irish family where we love stuffing our faces with meat and potato dishes. One of my favorite dishes my Mom made was corned beef and cabbage but I always had to wait an entire year to have it. The wait always made the dinner that much more special.

With St. Patrick’s Day comes all things Irish and green so celebrate the luck o’ the Irish with these festive St. Patrick’s Day simple chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

Simple Chocolate Cupcakes


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 3 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin or grease very well.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt in a small bowl; mix well.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth; add the eggs and mix in the vanilla.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture — alternate pours with the milk; Beat until smooth.
  6. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Remove from muffin pan and cool completely on wire racks before frosting.

Luck O’ the Irish Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup butter (one stick, room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 cups powdered sugar
  • Green food coloring


  1. Mix the butter and cream cheese together until completely smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar — keep adding until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Pour a few drops of the green food coloring into the mixture and stir — add coloring until you have the desired color. 
  5. Spread on the cupcakes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


  • Reply Maria March 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    These look great! I am always up for chocolate:)

  • Reply Michelle March 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Love Chocolate and Cream Cheese!

  • Reply Cookin' Canuck March 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    These are so pretty!

  • Reply Bonnie March 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    These look delicious!! Great job! love the frosting!

  • Reply Appetite for Conversation March 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Looks so yummy! I'm really into St. Patty's this year too. Why not have fun with it, right?

  • Reply How To: Simplify March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for all of the compliments! These cupcakes are so yummy and festive for St. Patrick's Day! I hope all of you have fun…and be sure to wear some green tomorrow!

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