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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes… Rainbows & Pots of Gold

This St. Patrick’s Day, we’re hosting a baked potato bar for our neighbors and friends. A nice, buttery potato is dessert to me, but the kiddos will probably not agree. What says St. Patrick’s Day (besides a creepy leprachaun)… a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Ever since I saw this rainbow tape-like candy I’ve wanted to use it. Have you noticed how many weird candies are out there for kids lately? They just scream “garnish” to me. Yes, the children will actually eat them the gummier, sourer, the weirder the better.

Here’s what you need…

~ Tootsie Rolls

~ Gold sprinkles or sanding sugar (The ones I used are from Williams Sonoma. I love their new line of stackable sprinkles. Wilton makes gold cake sprinkles, which would work great too.)

~ Airheads Rainbow Belts (I found these in the dollar section at Target. I’ve also seen them at the candy store in the mall, and Powell’s, our old-fashioned candy store, so I don’t think they’re too hard to track down.)

What to do:

Frost a batch of cupcakes with your favorite buttercream, or just use the frosting from the jar from the grocery store. You may cringe, but kids love it and it’s a time-saver. To create a cloud-like effect,  pipe using a medium sized open tip (I used Wilton # 12 ). Gently sqeeze the piping bag to make a round dollop on the cupcake. Without lifting the bag up completely, shift the piping bag over and continue making dollops, so that they join together to make a puffy cloud.

Cut a rainbow belt in half and gently insert both sides into the cupcake.

To make the pot of gold, do the following on waxed paper: Cut a tootsie roll in half. Use a paring knife or a toothpick and carve out some of the center of one side. Shape the tootsie roll if you need to. Add the sprinkles to the tootsie roll pot before placing on the cupcake, otherwise you may end up with loose sprinkles on the white clouds. Important note… Do not add the tootsie roll pots until you’re ready to serve, and definitely do not add them the night before. The tootsie rolls will start to melt into the butter cream. I learned this lesson the hard way when making puppy ears for puppy cupcakes for a little one’s party a few years back.

These cupcakes were a test run for our party next week. We served them at our family celebration last night. My mom and the Naughty One just had their birthdays. Does my mom not look amazing in her sixties? The Naughty One is not looking so amazing right now. We haven’t told her that spring training begins soon. We hope to burn off some of that little belly.

Wishing everyone a wonderful & warm weekend!

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14 Responses to St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes… Rainbows & Pots of Gold
  1. Keri
    March 10, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    SO adorable. I must make them for my playdate next week on the 17th. I love candy for decorations, they are the best ideas ever.

  2. Patty H.
    March 10, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    These are adorable, and they look like something I could actually be able to make! (My cupcakes taste great, but don’t always look so hot).

  3. Trisha
    March 11, 2011 | 5:40 am

    You just make my day!!!! So Adorable – I had a CRAP day at work yesterday and this just made me smile….I am going out today to get the contraband to make these little cuties!!

  4. Paula
    March 11, 2011 | 8:32 am

    Happy Birthday to your Mom. She IS beautiful and I hope she has a wonderful year.
    Where do you ever come up with such creative ideas for your cupcakes. These are adorable, the rainbows are great and those tiny pots of gold!

    By the way, I love baked potatoes (with lots of butter) and the crispier the skins are the happier I am. Thinking of crashing your St. Paddy’s Party :)

  5. Nam @ The Culinary Chronicles
    March 12, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    These are SOOOO cute!

  6. laura
    March 14, 2011 | 8:45 am

    love these!! so creative. thanks for sharing. :) i’m saving to my online cookbook (

  7. Bourbonnatrix
    March 19, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    those are very original. great execution! they look awesome!

  8. Deb Muniz
    May 20, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    Okay, I have to come to your website more often. These cupcakes are the CUTEST!!! I will steal them next year. Raf says there has to be a way to try and get your talent out there more. I agree.

  9. Jenni @ Sweet Pennies
    February 16, 2013 | 4:03 pm

    These are super adorable! I think we’re gonna HAVE to make them this St. Patty’s Day.

  10. gina
    February 20, 2013 | 5:03 am

    I dont bake so sorry if this is a dumb question…. you mentined the toootsie roll would melt in Buttercream – would it also melt in store bought icing?

  11. Laura
    March 16, 2014 | 7:23 pm

    Made these today, used rolos in place of tootsie rolls. My clouds weren’t as perfect as yours, but it was so easy and they were so cute! Thank you!

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