Shamrock Cupcakes

Shamrock Cupcakes

Here's to the luck of the Irish. This Shamrock Cupcakes design is brought to you by Leigh Wyryha from She brings you an easy-to-make and creative design. These green cupcakes are perfect for this St Patricks Day which are touced off with pieces of mint candy.

Shamrock Cupcakes Pictorial Recipe


  • Cupcake Mix
  • Frosting
  • Green Food Coloring
  • White Mentos Candies
  • Black Cake Gel (or black icing)


  1. Muffin tin
  2. 1 Bag of Marbles
  3. Cupcake Liners

Shamrock Cupcake Liners

Cupcake Liners

Marbles for St Patricks Day Cupcakes

Marbles for St Patricks Day Cupcakes

1. Marbles and Cupcakes Liners: Using a regular size muffin tin, place cupcake liners into each cup. Using three marbles, placing each one between the cupcake liner and the tin, place one marble on top, and two marbles on each side. You should end up with somewhat of a "Y" shape.

Baked Shamrock Cupcakes

Baked Cupcakes

Close Up Baked Shamrock Cupcakes

Close Up Baked Cupcakes

2. Prepare Batter for Cupcakes: Prepare your cupcake/cake batter and add green food coloring until desired color is achieved.

3. Batter into Liner Technique: When getting the batter into the muffin cups using a spoon created too much of a mess so instead I placed my batter into a zip lock bag with one corner snipped off (or you can use a piping bag) and carefully squeeze the batter into the center of the muffin cups only about 1/2 way, otherwise when you bake them too much will spill over and you'll lose your shape.

4. Baking Cupcakes: Bake in over at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes, using a tooth pick to test the center for completeness.

Frosting Shamrock Cupcakes

Decorating Shamrock Cupcakes

Decorating Cupcakes

5. Remove Cupcakes: After cupcakes have cooled, carefully remove from tin and pull away marbles. There will be some cupcake batter on the marbles but you can cut away and wash the marbles after. Carefully pull off any excess cupcake batter.

6. Pipe Frosting onto Cupcakes: Using buttercream or whipped frosting, color a deep shade of green. Pipe green icing onto cupcake following the "Y" outline.

Final Shamrock Cupcake

Shamrock Cupcake

7. Final Decorations: Using your white Mentos candies for eyes place near the top portion of the cupcake side by side. Using either black piping gel or black frosting pipe a smiley face at the bottom of the cupcake and two little dots for each eye. For the shamrock stem I used green fondant but you can use licorice, gum, or any other type of green candy. Eat and enjoy!

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