Recipes, Desserts

Festive St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

If you’re looking for a sweet treat for the kids (and grown-ups) for St. Patricks Day then you are going to love these festive St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. With some yummy candy, and fluffy frosting you can transform ordinary cupcakes into big bites of fun like these Rainbow Sprinkle and Pot of Gold Cupcakes.

You can use your favorite cake recipe or cake box mix for the cupcakes. I used a white cake mix, but I'm going to walk you through the decorating part more than anything.

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My biggest tip for you is to use a stable buttercream frosting, also known as decorator's buttercream. This type of frosting is more stable which makes it easier for piping and won't melt if left out on the counter. Most store-bought frostings will work or you can make your own.

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These Rainbow Sprinkle Cupcakes are such a cute way to decorate. Just use strips of Airheads and some rainbow sprinkles to create the effect.

Rainbow Sprinkle Cupcakes


  • Your favorite cupcakes
  • Gold cupcake wrappers
  • Rainbow Airheads
  • White frosting
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Piping bag with a round tip


  1. After the cupcake has been baked and cooled fill up a pastry bag with white frosting and a round tip. Pip small looking clouds all over the cupcake. Pile it up high so it looks like a cloud!
  2. Next, cut an Airhead into 3 strips and place it on top of the clouds in an arching rainbow shape.
  3. For the final touch, add sprinkles to each end of the arch!
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Another fun way to dress up your cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day are these Pot of Gold Cupcakes made with Rolos and rainbow sprinkles.

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Pot of Gold Cupcakes


  • Your favorite cupcakes
  • Rolos
  • White frosting
  • Gold sprinkles
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Gold cupcake wrappers
  • Piping bag with a round tip


Use a piping bag and pile up a nice amount of frosting on top of the cupcake.

Then pour a generous amount of sprinkles into a shallow dish. After that roll the edge of the cupcake into the sprinkles making sure you go all the way around. Set the cupcake to the side.

To make small pots of gold, use one Rolo candy, a small dot of frosting on top and dip the Rolo top into the gold sprinkles.

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The final result is so cute and delicious! Perfect for classroom friends, a party or just for the family!


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