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Liven up your St. Patty’s celebration with these delicious vanilla cupcakes that are baked to golden perfection then decorated with clouds, a rainbow, and a pot of gold in this fun and tasty St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Cupcakes recipe.

To many people, St. Patrick’s Day is a day to honor one of Ireland’s foremost patron saints, St. Patrick, as well as a day to celebrate all things Irish. For me, it is also a celebration of the arrival of Spring…rainbows, green grass, clover, shamrocks, freshness and awakening.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than making a batch of fun and delicious St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Cupcakes?!

Liven up your St. Patty's celebration with these delicious vanilla cupcakes that are baked to golden perfection then decorated with clouds, a rainbow, and a pot of gold in this fun and tasty St. Patrick's Day Pot O' Gold Cupcakes recipe. #recipes #StPatricksDay

How to Make St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Cupcakes

Legend holds that leprechauns hide their gold in a pot at the end of the rainbow. Gather the kids around and bring this legend to life with these adorable and delicious cupcakes!

All you need is a few easy-to-find ingredients, and a bit of time to bake and decorate, and you’ve got yourself a batch of adorable St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold cupcakes!

You will find the full ingredients instructions in the free printable recipe card below.

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Ingredients for St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes are very easy to make. The recipe calls for nothing more than a few common, simple ingredients. All of which you can find at your local grocery, in Walmart, or online through Amazon.

For the Cupcakes:

  • butter
  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • cold milk

For the Frosting:

  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • sugar
  • green food coloring
  • milk if needed for texture (i seldom need any)
It's easy to find the gold at the end of the rainbow with these adorable St Patrick's Day Pot O' Gold Cupcakes!

For the Decorations

  • White Cupcake Icing – the one in the can with the different tips included
  • AirHeads Xtremes Sweetly Sour Rainbow Belts
  • 12 individually wrapped Rolo candies

Directions to Make St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:

Step One: Prepare Cupcake Pan and Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with green liners and set aside.

Step Two: Prepare the Batter

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  2. Now add in the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing after each addition until fully incorporated.
  3. Then add the vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add the dry mix to the butter mixture, mixing until completely combined.
  6. Slowly stir in milk, mixing until the batter forms.

Step Three: Fill the Tins

  1. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way with batter.

Step Four: Bake, Then Cool

  1. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 – 24 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  2. Remove and let cupcakes cool completely before you frost and decorate them.
st. patrick's day Pot O' Gold Cupcakes cook cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Cupcakes Frosting Instructions

  1. Cream the room temp. butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the vanilla.
  3. Slowly add in the powdered sugar.
  4. Followed by a few drops of green food coloring until you get the tint you want.
  5. Beat well and only use milk if needed to get the right texture for you. If needed, slowly add in a few drops at a time until you get the texture you prefer.

How to Decorate St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Cupcakes

1. Begin by forming the rainbow sour candy strips into an arch and sticking the ends into the cupcake. I cut my strips into about 6″ long pieces as I found the shorter they are, the better they stand up. I then used a knife to make a slit in the top of the cupcake where I wanted the rainbow candy to go – it made it much easier to insert it into the cupcake! I also recommend adding the rainbows no more than 2 hours before serving, or they will start to droop and lose their shape.

insert rainbow candy in an arch shape

2. Next, cover the cupcake tops using the green cupcake icing and working around the rainbows. If you have the time and an extra-creative urge, use the decorative piping tip that gives you the look of grass.

st. patrick's day Pot O' Gold Cupcakes add green icing

3. Now use the white icing to add the clouds on each side of the rainbow. I used one of the included tips to do this part.

Pot O' Gold Cupcakes add white icing clouds

4. Last, but not least, insert the “pot of gold” into the ‘grass’ at one end of the rainbow.

insert rolo candy to be the pot of gold

And that’s it! Aren’t they super cute? And they are so easy to decorate that even the kids can help!

Like so many things in life, these St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Cupcakes are so much better when shared with those you love! So make a bunch and enjoy with family and friends!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Yield: 12 cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day Pot 'O Gold Cupcakes

Liven up your St. Patty's celebration with these delicious vanilla cupcakes that are baked to golden perfection then decorated with clouds, a rainbow, and a pot of gold in this fun and tasty St. Patrick's Day Pot O' Gold Cupcakes recipe. #recipes #StPatricksDay

Liven up your St. Patty's celebration with these delicious vanilla cupcakes that are baked to golden perfection then decorated with clouds, a rainbow, and a pot of gold in this fun and tasty St. Patrick's Day Pot O' Gold Cupcakes recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Decorating Time 15 minutes
Total Time 49 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 2/3 cup cold milk

For the Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 c butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • green food coloring
  • ·milk if needed for texture (I seldom need any)

For the Decorations

  • White Cupcake Icing - the one in the can with the different tips included
  • AirHeads Xtremes Sweetly Sour Rainbow Belts
  • 12 individually wrapped Rolo candies

Instructions

For the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with green liners and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Now add in the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing after each addition until fully incorporated.
  5. Then add the vanilla.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
  7. Add the dry mix to the butter mixture, mixing until completely combined.
  8. Slowly stir in milk, mixing until the batter forms.
  9. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way with batter.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 - 24 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  11. Remove and let cupcakes cool completely before you frost and decorate them.

For the Frosting

  1. Cream the room temp. butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the vanilla.
  3. Slowly add in the powdered sugar.
  4. Followed by a few drops of green food coloring until you get the tint you want.
  5. Beat well and only use milk if needed to get the right texture for you. If needed, slowly add in a few drops at a time until you get the texture you prefer.

Decorating the Cupcakes

  1. Begin by forming the rainbow sour candy strips into an arch and sticking the ends into the cupcake. I cut my strips into about 6″ long pieces as I found the shorter they are, the better they stand up. I then used a knife to make a slit in the top of the cupcake where I wanted the rainbow candy to go - it made it much easier to insert it into the cupcake! I also recommend adding the rainbows no more than 2 hours before serving, or they will start to droop and lose their shape.
  2. Next, cover the cupcake tops using the green cupcake icing and working around the rainbows. If you have the time and an extra-creative urge, use the decorative piping tip that gives you the look of grass.
  3. Now use the white icing to add the clouds on each side of the rainbow. I used one of the included tips to do this part.
  4. Last, but not least, insert the "pot of gold" into the 'grass' at one end of the rainbow.



Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 cupcakes

Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 1gSugar: 57gProtein: 5g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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