Let’s talk about St. Patrick’s Day.
Do people actually throw parties for St. Patrick’s Day? Or is it just a conspiracy to get food bloggers bending over backwards to make green food?
Sigh. I just don’t know anymore.
On the off chance that you ARE throwing a St. Patrick’s Day Party (will you invite me??), I came up with some fun cupcakes. They’re easy enough that you can throw them together even if you’re just having a simple, fun, Irish-ey evening at home with the kids.
Also. Pub Crawls?
Just don’t do it.
St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t suddenly make hangovers a good look, mmmkay? And no one wants to look at your busted up nauseous self while they’re trying to get their church on on Sunday morning. So stay in, make cupcakes, and watch Leprechaun.
These are just plain vanilla cupcakes (I used a boxed mix), with buttercream frosting. Making a fun rainbow swirl is easy–just paint stripes on the inside of your piping bag with gel food color. There’s a great tutorial on THIS blog if you need a visual step-by-step.
But to make these cupcakes extra special…I added a special ingredient.
These shimmery Gold Sixlets that I spotted in the candy store at my mall.
Want to see what I did with them?
I’m sure that if you can’t find shimmery Sixlets, yellow M&Ms or Skittles would work instead.
1. Start by cutting a hole in your cupcake, going about halfway down. I use a large piping tip, but you could also use a knife. Set aside the portion of cake that you remove.
2. Fill hole with candy, leaving just a bit of room to cover back up with cake.
3. Cut part of the cake off of the bottom of the portion that you cut out, making a “lid” for the hole. Place cake “lid” back over the candy and push lightly until it is flush with the rest of the cake.
4. Pipe frosting on.
The cupcake toppers I used are ones I had leftover from last year, I believe I bought them at Bake It Pretty. But I’m sure you could find toppers at your local Super Walmart or Target.
Enjoy and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
P.S. Just kidding about watching Leprechaun. That movie will mess you up for real.
P.P.S. NOT kidding about the Pub Crawl. Don’t do it. Don’t. I have never EVER made a good decision while at a Pub Crawl. EVEEEERRR!!!