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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.

  • 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!

  • LeslieH
    Apr 2, 2010

    They are great with the pistachio pudding mix, but tried them as well with lemon pudding mix and lemon extract instead of vanilla and they got rave reviews.