Green Velvet Cupcakes

Continuing with the savory-in-sweet theme, here’s a cupcake with something green and leafy. Spinach is the secret ingredient, providing not only a plethora of phytonutrients, but also a backbone of flavor (especially when olive oil serves as the fat component). Who says dessert has to be cloyingly sweet? Or that red velvet should have all the fun?

green velvet cupcake

Green Velvet Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes

5 oz baby spinach, stems removed
3 eggs, or flax eggs*
1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla powder, or extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt

8 oz full fat cream cheese frosting**
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt

*1 tbsp ground flax seed + 2 tbsp water = 1 “flax egg”
**If vegan, replace cream cheese for your favorite smooth nut butter

Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees. Grease or line 12 muffin cups. Puree spinach in a food processor, until it is thoroughly broken down and almost wet. Set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs (one at a time) with the coconut sugar. Once mixture is light and fluffy, drizzle in olive oil, vanilla and lemon juice. Fold in spinach puree. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly pour flour mixture into spinach mixture. Stir until just combined. Divid the batter between the muffin cups and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out of the cupcake’s center clean. While the cupcakes are baking, make the chocolate cream cheese frosting: combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before spreading onto cooled cupcakes (it is unnecessary to refrigerate if making these with nut butter). If you’re feeling extra fancy, sprinkle some shaved chocolate on top.

2 thoughts on “Green Velvet Cupcakes

  1. sarah!

    and i’ve tried another one! i made these yesterday for my boyfriend’s surprise birthday party and they went over with a bang! people even liked the spinach (they probably wouldn’t have known if i hadn’t told them). i am not a baker at all and i typically don’t make or buy many baked goods. but these recipes look so good and have such great ingredients, i’ve been excited to give these a go!

    ok i’ll stop now – but seriously, thank you for posting these wonderful recipes. i’ll have to try a savory dish soon!

    best, kat

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