Shamrock Cupcakes + Toppers Recipe

Looking for a cute treat for St. Patrick’s day? These shamrock cupcakes are easy to make and look adorable, too. They have a fun rainbow inside and are topped with golden sprinkles and homemade chocolate shamrock toppers. These would make a perfect treat for a party or to take into the classroom for a St. Patty’s day bash!

Shamrock Cupcakes

Shamrock Cupcakes + Toppers


  • White cake mix
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Food dye
  • Cupcake liners
  • Candy melts
  • Sprinkles


Start by mixing up the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Separate out the batter and dye each portion the colors you want. Place by spoonfuls into layers in a muffin tin in cupcake liners. Bake your cupcakes as directed on box.

shamrock rainbow cupcakes

An easy way to frost a cupcake giving it the smooth texture of fondant without the taste is to dip them. To do this, take frosting and warm in microwave for roughly 20 seconds until slightly runny. Add food dye to get your desired color. Dip cupcakes into frosting and allow excess to drip off. This works better if cupcakes have been slightly chilled.

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Add sprinkles before frosting dries. I found these fun golden sprinkles at Walmart in the baking aisle.

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To make shamrocks, melt chocolate candy melts in a bowl. I found light green key lime green candy melts, which needed a bit more green to be a good shamrock color so I added a wax based food dye from a craft store in the candy making aisle. Or look for candy melts in the color you want. Don’t add regular food dye to your chocolate candy melts, it will ruin your chocolate.

Shamrock Toppers

Spoon melted chocolate into a piping bag or ziploc with corner snipped. Place picture of shamrock under wax paper to use as a guide. Pipe chocolate around the edge first, then fill in the middle. Decorate with sprinkles as desired before chocolate dries. Place shamrock toppers in freezer for a minute to harden before placing in top of your shamrock cupcakes.

Shamrock Cupcakes

So there you have it, a few simple tricks to make your cupcakes easier to put together and simple shamrock toppers to go along with your colorful shamrock cupcakes. Where will you serve up these fun cupcakes?


About Aubrey

Aubrey is the mom of three fun-loving kids ages 8, 11 and 13. She’s learning to navigate the mom stage beyond babies and into tweens and teens. Aubrey is a loyal friend, adventure-seeking, hard-working woman who isn’t afraid to put herself out there and try something new. She is in school seeking a bachelor’s degree in accounting. With her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, scrap-booking, music and spending time with her family.


Shamrock Cupcakes + Toppers Recipe — 21 Comments

  1. I love everything about these. I can only imagine how fun it would be to bring something like these in for my daughter’s class, but sadly, her school won’t allow homemade things. :( It’s definitely something to do on the weekend! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Thanks also for sharing on the Wake Up Wednesday link party! Hope to see you next week.
    Kate |

  2. visiting from Fluster Buster linky.. I have made these “rainbow” middle cupcakes and the kids love them! I always watch as they take that first bite…the surprise on their faces is priceless! Yours are perfect! And they are not as hard to create as they look. I like your chocolate clovers!

  3. These have to be the most unique cupcakes EVER! I love it! My oldest son loves green, so I could make these year round!

  4. What a fun idea! I love the Shamrock Toppers! I have never thought to try making my own toppers. It looks easy enough. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I love this recipe. They sound much simpler to make than I thought. I know my grandchildren are going to love them.

  6. Love the rainbow! really like the shamrocks you made for the toppers. At first I thought they were plastic or store bought you did such a nice job wit them. I like the goldd sprinkles too. They are really sweet looking!

  7. Omigosh I love the idea of heating up the frosting and just dipping the cupcake in it.

  8. No doubt, I bet the kids would love to join in to make these. St. Pat’s makes me think of spring and warmer weather. Yea!

  9. the luck of the irish..its about that time…i like green frosting for some reason..thanks