I realize I am terribly late on this post. However, don’t think of this as just being an Irish themed cupcake – It can be spring too! Remove the pot of gold..put a bunny..or a flower..or something else Spring-y! I must admit; it does make an adorable St Patricks cupcake though! I do not want to take the full on credit for making this cupcake, I was inspired when I googled “St Patricks Cupcakes”. This is the post I had found – Cakexplosion Blog
I wanted to take this idea and make it my own. So I thought in the spirit of St Pattys I wanted to add a pot of gold. I went and picked up some fondant. Of course the boxes were in the wrong spot and this massive box was in the $7.99 spot..I come to find out it was really $19.99 so instead of getting a lot of fondant at an incredible price..I got a lot of fondant for the true price..sigh..oh well. I dyed the fondant black with gel food coloring. I just flatten out my fondant, dab a little in the center and just knead it until its done. I highly recommend gloves for this! After my fondant was dyed black, I rolled each one up into a fairly small ball, just about the size of a finger tip. I made a small well with my pinky and filled it with royal icing. All I do for this is a small amount of powdered sugar, meringue power and water to desired consistency. I then dyed it with the closest color to gold I had. I then sprinkled Wilton’s Yellow Pearl Sprinkles in the center. Voila! I have a pot of gold!
To save you alot of trouble in finding those stinkin’ rainbow candies – I found them at Walgreens after checking many stores for them. They are a rainbow sour candy ‘belt’ made by Airheads.
Now as I say time and time again. I do not bake!! I am far more interested in the decorating part. If someone would just make and cool batches of cupcakes for me for me to just decorate, I would be absolutely thrilled! That being said, I clearly do not make my own cupcake recipes. This recipe I found came from Joy of Baking . It is one of my favorite tried and true chocolate cupcake recipes.
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 1/3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Combine cocoa and boiling water, mix well until you perfectly blend in all cocoa.
- Cream together butter and sugar, add vanilla, salt and eggs
- Slowly temper in cocoa and water mixture, mixing vigorously to not scramble eggs or melt butter.
- Add flour and blend well.
- Pour into desired sized muffin tins and bake @ 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean, about 10-12 min
While cupcakes are cooling make the buttercream frosting. My favorite is Wiltons buttercream –
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup crisco
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tablespoons milk
Blend all ingredients until fluffy. Reserve a small amount of white butter cream and set aside, add green food coloring to the rest.
Spread a small amount of green frosting to each cupcake. There is no need to make it perfect! Add two small dollops of white for clouds.
I do have a friendly warning – those candy rainbows and very flimsy! They will bend and lean if you make them too long. The first time I made these I only cut them in half, the second time I cut them into thirds and it didn’t lean as much as it did when it was just cut in half. Stick each end of the rainbow into the clouds. Place a pot of gold under the rainbow and sprinkle a few extra yellow pearls around it. Then finally, you need to take pics because they are so darn cute!
Logan definitely enjoyed the cupcakes!