Whether you’re in charge of the class St. Patrick’s Day celebration at school or just wanting to get into the spirit this weekend, here are some simple, inexpensive cupcake ideas!  Because really, isn’t a plate full of frosting-covered cupcakes better than a pot of gold? I think so!

Leprechaun Lucky Charm Cupcakes

1 box of prepared cupcake mix
1 can of white frosting
1 box of Lucky Charms cereal
green edible sprinkles or glitter
1 cupcake tin
foil baking cups


Prepare your cupcake mix according to package directions. Line the cupcake tin with the foil cups and fill 3/4 of the way full.
Bake according to package directions. A toothpick will come out clean when they are done.  Once your cupcakes are cool, top with the white frosting and green sprinkles. For the final touch, add some Lucky Charms cereal (don’t be afraid to go heavy on the marshmallows)!

Shamrock Clover Cupcakes

1 box of prepared cupcake mix
foil baking cups
1 can of white frosting
green food coloring
marbles or aluminum foil
a toothpick
green licorice (You can use the Twizzlers Rainbow candy for this, just separate the green.)


Prepare your cupcake batter per package directions. Place your cupcake liners in muffin tin, then fill each only halfway with the batter. For each cupcake, you are going to roll three balls of foil (about 2/3 inch in diameter) and tuck them between the liner and the tin. If you have marbles, they’ll work even better!  These will create your “dents” to form the shamrock. Bake according to package direction. But because your cupcake cups are only filled halfway, bake the cupcakes for a few minutes less than the package suggests. A toothpick will come out clean when they are done. Allow the cupcakes to cool, then remove them from the tin.
Add 1 teaspoon of green food coloring to one 16-ounce can of white frosting to get the right color. Cover each cupcake with green frosting. Use a toothpick to draw leaf veins, and insert a 2-inch-long piece of green licorice for a stem!

Photo credit Betty Crocker and Family Fun


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4 thoughts on “St Patrick’s Day Sweets: Lucky Charms and Clover Cupcakes”

  1. Rhonda Kemp says:

    cooked the cupcakes today they r so good

  2. Personally, I’d rather have the pot of gold (as long as it’s real, of course!).  Imagine all of the cupcakes you could have for that kind of moolah!

  3. i don’t get why you have to put a dent in the shamrock cupcakes

    • Anonymous says:

      Nikki, By putting marbles inside the muffin tin (outside the cupcake wrapper), you’re creating the clover shape.