St Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

How about some fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes?   Chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate mint frosting to be exact!   The frosting is all kinds of amazing and it is the star of the show.

St Patricks Day Cupcakes

And that fun little glittery shamrock cupcake topper?  That’s simply a piece of green taffy, rolled out, cut with a teeny tiny little cookie cutter, then dipped in green disco dust.  Super cute and inexpensive.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

It’s a lot like making sugar cookies, or playing with play dough (I have a three year old, play dough is kind of my life most days).   Just roll out your piece of candy, about 1/8″ thick, cut it with the cutter, shape by hand if needed – I pinched one of my flower petals into a stem, then dip into disco dust if you like, you can also skip the disco dust part).    Excuse the cell phone pic, sometimes one forgets to charge their actual camera…

Glitter Shamrocks For St Patricks Day

Once upon a time I was a jewelry designer and worked with precious metal clay, so I have lots of little cutters and shapes.  They are so fun and fairly inexpensive.  You can find them in a lot of baking supply stores, usually near the fondant, but also check the clay area of your craft and hobby stores.   Click on the pictures below to be taken to the products on Amazon.

Mini RollerFlower Shaped Mini CutterGreen Disco Dust

St Patricks Day Cupcakes

If you aren’t a fan of eating disco dust (I love to use it for special little touches, but really don’t like actually consuming it), don’t worry, I have two other easy options for your St Patrick’s cupcakes.

Mint White Chocolate Cupcakes

Easy peasy, green gumball for the top.    Or a gold covered chocolate coin makes a cute topper as well.  Yes, I know, that is an American coin, it’s the only one I could find.

Cupcakes For St Patricks Day

No matter how you top these cupcakes, they are fun, festive and delicious.

St Patricks Day Cupcakes

Recipe time!

White Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

For these cupcakes, you can use whatever chocolate cake recipe or mix makes you happy.  Here is my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe.   For a gluten free version, I love the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix.   But these cupcakes are ALL about the amazing white chocolate mint frosting.   You could even use a white cake recipe/mix, and that would be outstanding as well.

White Chocolate Mint Frosting

Enough frosting to frost 24 cupcakes.

White Chocolate Mint Frosting

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Softened Butter
  • 1-2 tsp peppermint extract (I like a light mint flavor and go with 1 tsp)
  • 4 oz Bakers White Chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 to 4 TBSP Half and Half (you can also use milk or whipping cream)
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

Instructions

In a stand mixer, mix butter and peppermint extract until fluffy. Add two cups of the powdered sugar (and salt if using) and beat until well combined. Slowly drizzle melted white chocolate into mixing bowl and beat on medium to high for one to two minutes until well combined with butter and powdered sugar mixture. Add in remaining powdered sugar and two tablespoons of half and half. Beat on high until light and fluffy. Add in additional half and half, a few drops at a time, as needed and continue mixing to reach your desired consistency.

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Want some more mint?   Here are a few great options!

Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting Cones

Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting ConesMint Chocolate Chip Buttercream Pops

Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream PopsMint Chip Buttercream Bites

Mint Buttercream BitesThin Mint Truffle Pops

Thin Mint Cake Pops

Even more St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Ideas!

St Patrick's Day Desserts

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