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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

These St. Patrick's Day cupcakes go super-quick. The pistachio pudding mix gives them a mild flavor and their pretty pastel color makes them a perfect dessert for this lively holiday. —Kathy Meyer, Almond, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting
  • Green food coloring and gold sprinkles, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; add to dry ingredients and mix until blended.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 375° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Add food coloring to frosting if desired; frost cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 410 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • lidjzl0
    Jul 13, 2016

    Very goodI made them vegan so used applesauce instead of eggs and used soy milk. Did not frost them.

  • tinarm
    Mar 6, 2013

    Delicious and easy cupcakes! I added a little green food coloring to the batter also.

  • keely27
    Mar 20, 2012

    No comment left

  • ilka896
    Mar 11, 2012

    Very easy to make and very good to eat.

  • justchrissy
    Mar 4, 2012

    I loved loved loved these!! I have used this recipe many times with different pudding mixes and its great everytime!

  • amandakaye747
    Mar 22, 2011

    Moist, delicious and easy! I will try again with other pudding flavors.

  • webesmiley
    Mar 16, 2011

    So easy to put together! For the frosting, I purchase ready-made cream cheese frosting in a can and just add a touch of green food coloring gel--it's great!

  • Latina2U
    Mar 15, 2011

    What Baking Soda & Cinnamon? I don't see mention of either.

  • manilow
    Mar 15, 2011

    I really liked these cupcakes. They were simple to make. I took these to work and everyone loved them. You could even use different kinds of pudding to go with whatever the holiday is.

  • sewmom8
    Mar 3, 2011

    Easy, adorable, and delicious! I hope to make these on St. Patrick's Day!