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Chocolate cupcake with green frosting on a white cake stand. Decorated with rainbow and pot of gold candy..
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Pot of Gold Cupcakes

These Pot of Gold Cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Made with a doctored chocolate box mix and sweet buttercream frosting then topped with candy to make a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 441kcal




  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3-5 drops Green Gel Coloring

Pot of Gold:

  • 24 mini peanut butter cups
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup gold sprinkles
  • 24 Airheads Extremes Rainbow Strips



  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and set it aside.
  • Combine all of the cupcake ingredients in a stand mixer and beat until combined.
  • Fill the cupcake liners ½ – ¾ full with the batter.
  • Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 18 to 22 minutes until a toothpick comes clean from the center.
  • Remove from oven and transfer the cupcakes to wire racks to cool completely before frosting.


  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing at low speed, until incorporated. Increase mixing speed and beat for about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Reduce speed to low and add in the vanilla, heavy cream, and gel coloring. Increase speed to medium-high to whip for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Use a 1M piping tip to frost the cupcakes.

Pot of Gold

  • Using the back of a small spoon, evenly spread a tiny bit of peanut butter on the peanut butter cup.
  • Dip the peanut butter topped peanut butter cups into the coin sprinkles/confetti sprinkles. Then add more peanut butter if needed and another layer of sprinkles so it stands up more like a bunch of “coins”.
  • Press the peanut butter cup into the frosting of the cupcake.
  • Take the Airheads Extremes and stick each end into the frosting to make the rainbow.


  • You can use a toothpick to help support the airheads - just make sure to let guests know it's in there!
  • Feel free to make white, yellow, or another flavor of cupcakes with the same decorating.


Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg