If you are looking for a sweet treat these festive St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes might be just the thing! I know Irish soda bread and green beer are popular for the holiday, but I was thinking something fun and sweet might be just right this year. It might be because of those two little granddaughters I have!
March 17th will be here before you know it!
Gather your supplies
I gathered all of my supplies before I began this project. I have green cupcake liners, a white Pillsbury cake mix box (no need for a a muffin tin, shamrock sprinkles and lollipop sticks, green food coloring, a Wilton melting pot, green candy melts and Wilton EZ Thin. There are a couple of other things like decorating bags and a decorating tip you will need. I have shared all of these items with links if available at the bottom of this post.
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Make the cupcakes
I chose to use a box mix for this project, but you can just as easily use your own cake recipe. I hand mixed my ingredients in a medium bowl, but you can just as easily use a hand mixer or stand mixer to mix your wet and dry ingredients. Even though I was going to use green food dye, I used the recipe on the box for white cake, using just the egg whites for my cupcakes.
I added several drops of green food coloring to my cupcake batter. I always suggest that you add less of the food dye than you think you are going to need to begin. You can always add more afterwards, but you can’t take it away!
I mixed the color in thoroughly by hand until I was happy with the green color. Make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl so that the green is mixed through all of the cake batter!
I filled each of the green cupcake liners 2/3 full of cake batter. Bake per the box instructions.
My cupcakes were all ready, now it was time to let them cool completely! Leave them in the cupcake pan for a few minutes before you take them out to continue to cool.
Make the shamrocks
While my cupcakes were baking, I began making my shamrocks!
I melted the green candy melts and added Wilton EZ thin dipping aid to it. Then I began dipping my mini pretzels into the candy melts and tapped the excess off.
I simply set the dipped pretzels out on a piece of wax paper, putting them together in a shamrock shape as shown above. I let mine set several hours at room temperature to make sure they were hard. You could hurry this along by placing them in your refrigerator.
The next step was to dip a lollipop stick into the green candy melts and stick it onto the back of the pretzel shamrock. These are going to look so cute on top of a cupcake!
Assemble your cupcakes and serve
When you have completely cooled cupcakes you can frost them! I used canned cake frosting to frost my cupcakes using a 1M decorating tip. You could add green frosting if you prefer, but with the green cupcakes and green shamrocks, I like the contrast of the white frosting with the added sprinkles
After frosting the cupcakes, I added green shamrock sprinkles. You could opt to add rainbow sprinkles instead for more color.
Add a shamrock “lollipop” to the top of the cupcakes! You might need to cut down your lollipop sticks so you don’t make your cupcakes top heavy!
You want your shamrocks to sit down on top of your green cupcakes.
Not only are they delicious cupcakes, but I know my little leprechauns will love them!
Supplies for this project
Looking for another St. Patrick’s Day cupcake recipe?
(If not mine, one of these is sure to be a favorite st. patrick’s day dessert!)