Pot of Gold Cupcakes

 

These Pot of Gold Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! They’re simple enough to make and absolutely adorable!

These Pot of Gold Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! They're simple enough to make and absolutely adorable!

I’ve been dreaming of putting together these cupcakes since I picked up a bag of gold candy pearls in August. Yup, that’s right, I’ve been thinking about St. Patrick’s Day since August. It’s funny because we’re already a week into March and this is my first (and may be my only) St. Patrick’s Day post.

These Pot of Gold Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! They're simple enough to make and absolutely adorable!

The last couple of weeks have been a crazy whirlwind. Between having company, being involved in the largest pile up in Maine history (don’t worry, we’re okay), and all of the fun posts from last week, I haven’t even caught up on last week’s episode of Once Upon A Time. This weekend had a pretty full agenda too, but if I didn’t do them today, I wouldn’t get a chance to and I wasn’t waiting another year. No way!

These Pot of Gold Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! They're simple enough to make and absolutely adorable!

So I’m going to let you in on a little secret, because I believe that honesty is the best policy.

I cheated!

Yup, you read that right, I totally cheated. You see, I’ve shared chocolate cupcakes time and time again, and I use the same base recipe. We’re all aware that you can make green frosting with a little bit for food coloring. Since it was really the decorating of the cupcakes I cared about, why try to squeeze in making cupcakes on an already hectic weekend. So I bought the green frosted cupcakes from the bakery. Hello, $6.00 is less than I would have spent on ingredients and I don’t have to do any dishes!

That’s what I call WINNING!

These Pot of Gold Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! They're simple enough to make and absolutely adorable!

Anyone here watch Black-ish? Did you see the episode where Andre takes over Rainbow’s wifely duties for a while? He has to make cupcakes for one of the kids classes and decides to just buy them at the store and all the mom’s think he’s the best. While,that kind of inspired me, work smarter not harder right?

I’m so happy with how these turned out! They’re pretty stinkin’ adorable. It’s always nice to see something come to life just how you imagined it!

These Pot of Gold Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! They're simple enough to make and absolutely adorable!

I know a lot of you have busy schedules just like me, and while you want to make cute stuff for your kids, you don’t always have a lot of time. These cupcakes are perfect for those with a tight timeline. You can still have fun decorating and create some impressive cupcakes, but someone gets to do a lot of the heavy lifting for you!

I’ll drink to that, am I right?

But if you are in a baking mood, I’ve included the recipe for my well loved chocolate cupcakes and a simple buttercream below! I hope you enjoyed these super fun cupcakes and if you’re looking for more great St. Patrick’s Day recipes, check out my Irish potato Candy or some of these fun recipes from my friends!

These Pot of Gold Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! They're simple enough to make and absolutely adorable!

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Pot of Gold Cupcakes
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes:
  • 1 Box Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 3.9 oz. Package Jell-O Instant Chocolate Pudding
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • ¾ cup Vegetable Oil
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1½ cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Buttercream:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • 4 cups Confectioners' Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3-4 tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 3-5 drops Kelly Green Gel Coloring
Pot of Gold:
  • 24 Peanut Butter Cups
  • ¼ cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Celebration Gold Candy Pearls
  • 24 Airheads Extremes Rainbow Strips
Instructions
Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Line cupcake pan.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer and beat until combined.
  4. Fill cupcake liners ½ – ¾ full.
  5. Reduce heat to 350 F.
  6. Bake for 18-22 minutes until toothpick comes clean.
  7. Remove from oven and move cupcakes to cooling racks to finish cooling.
Buttercream:
  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on low speed for about three minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  2. While whipping on low speed, add in vanilla, heavy cream, and gel coloring and turn the speed up to medium high to whip for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pipe on
Pot of Gold:
  1. See picture guide below.
  2. Using the back of a small spoon, even spread a tiny bit of peanut butter on the peanut butter cup.
  3. Stick the candy pearls to it, as you stack, gently touch each pearl to some peanut butter before adding it to secured it to the others.
  4. Press peanut butter cup into the cupcake frosting.
  5. Take Airheads Extremes and stick each end into the frosting to make the rainbow.
  6. You can use a toothpick to help support it.
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These Pot of Gold Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! They're simple enough to make and absolutely adorable!

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These seriously have to be THE cutest cupcakes on the face of the earth! Totally swooning and most definitely pinning!! can’t wait to make these “pots of gold!” Thanks so much for sharing♡

Love, Love ,Love these. Do you know where I can purchase the candy gold pearls and extreme airheads? I live in Philadelphia Pa.
Thank you
Maryellen

Made these cupcakes tonight for my employees. The only problem I had was getting the rainbow candy to stand up straight. Any suggestions? I even cut them smaller but they still wanted to lay over.

I used toothpicks, see #6 on the Pot of Gold Instructions. Others have also cut their airheads in half and just stuck it straight up by the peanut butter cup!

These are gorgeous! But HELP! My rainbows keep falling over! How do I secure them and make a beautiful arc like yours?!

I used toothpicks, see #6 on the Pot of Gold Instructions. Others have also cut their airheads in half and just stuck it straight up by the peanut butter cup!