Thursday, March 12, 2009

Shamrock Mint Cupcakes

Here is a fun and easy recipe for Shamrock Cupcakes in honor of St. Patrick's Day.


Shamrock Mint Cupcakes
Recipe Source: Pillsbury

  • 1 box (1 lb 2.25 oz) chocolate fudge cake mix with pudding
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 cup creme de menthe or mint baking chips (from 10-oz bag)
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 container (12 oz) fluffy white whipped frosting
  • 24 large green gumdrops


Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in baking chips. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

Bake 21 to 26 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely, about 45 minutes.

Stir peppermint extract into frosting until well blended; spread on cupcakes. To garnish each cupcake, cut 1 gumdrop into 4 slices. Place 3 rounds on cupcake to make shamrock leaves; press remaining round into thin strip and place below leaves for stem.

The shamrocks could also be made from green M&M's, or green maraschino cherries cut in half!

"Good St. Patrick traveled far, to teach God's Holy Word and when he came to Erin's sod, a wondrous thing occurred. He plucked a shamrock from the earth and held it in His hand to symbolize the Trinity that all might understand. The first leaf for the Father, and the second for the Son, the third leaf for the Holy Spirit, all three of them in one."

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  1. I was looking at this recipe yesterday on Pillsbury. People say that nothing that happens is ever a coincidence, so if I follow that reasoning, it means that I am meant to bake these cupcake, right?
    Thanks for all the great recipes you share!

  2. Oh, that is too funny! Enjoy the cupcakes! =)

  3. I'm with Mimi. Isn't St. Patrick's day like a Solemnity in Ireland which means you HAVE to celebrate it, right? :)

  4. I think it's the pregnancy, but these look really yummy! And super cute! Thanks Jessica!