Easy Pot of Gold Cupcakes for St Patrick’s Day

These easy pot of gold cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day will have everyone smiling! They are surprisingly easy, so grab the kids and let’s get started.

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Whip up a batch of easy St Patrick’s Day cupcakes in a fun pot of gold style for a quick win on the luckiest day!

Pot of Gold Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love to share fun cupcake decorating ideas for holidays, parties, and rainy day fun in the kitchen. And this time of year, it’s all about bringing in the bright colors to chase away the dreary winter days. 

These pot of gold cupcakes for St. Patrick’s day are fun and festive. The mix of bright greens, rainbow, and shiny gold sprinkles will have anyone grinning from ear to ear. Le’ts get started making these!

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Tips and Tricks to Make This Cupcake Decorating Idea

As with all of my cupcake recipes and decorating ideas, I like to share what I’ve learned while making them.

  • As always, be sure to let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting or it will just slide off or not support the candy as needed.Make the pots of gold after you frost the cupcakes to let the frosting harden a bit. Having them all prepared makes assembly go faster, as well.
  • You can use frosting from a can – no one will know and we won’t tell; if you need to fluff it up (make it go farther), add a bit of powdered sugar, a pinch of salt, and whipped cream.
  • For added St. Patrick’s Day fun, add a few pieces of Lucky Charms cereal and watch their eyeballs get HUGE!
  • Use festive cupcake liners (I like foils for this) to really jazz them up.
  • I used my lazy gal’s vanilla cupcake recipe but you can make these chocolate cupcakes, dark chocolate cupcakes, or any other flavor
  • Start with just a few drops of the green food coloring – depending on the brand and type you’re using, you might not need much.
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Easy Rainbow Cupcakes

I like to provide options to everyone because not everyone likes over-the-top cupcakes. If you want to make easy rainbow cupcakes, just don’t add on the pot of gold.

Easy peasy, right? They’re so cute just as a fun rainbow food idea and all you need is the candy and mini marshmallows. Simply center them on the cupcake and you’re done.

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How to Make Pot of Gold Cupcakes

I'm so glad you asked! Scroll to see the written instructions and recipe on how to make these fun St. Patrick's Day cupcakes. If you're making a playlist for the holiday, here is our Pot of Gold cupcakes video tutorial on YouTube.

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Pot of Gold Cupcakes

Pot of Gold Cupcakes for St Patricks Day

These pot of gold cupcakes are perfect for St. Patrick's Day. For a bit of variation, leave off the gold treasure and make the easiest rainbow cupcakes, too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  1. Bake our amazing vanilla cupcake recipe (doubled) with the addition of green food coloring. Let cool.
  2. While the cupcakes bake, unwrap 24 mini Reese's peanut butter cups, leaving it in the liner, and place a small dollop of frosting on top. Dip into the gold sprinkles and set aside.
  3. Color the remaining frosting with green food coloring (we prefer the gel for more vibrant color). Transfer the frosting to a piping bag with a large star decorating tip.
  4. Frost the cooled cupcakes from the center, working your way out to the edge.
  5. Cut the rainbow candy into 3.5 inch pieces. Place one off center on the cupcake and add three mini marshmallows on either side of the rainbow to act as clouds.
  6. Place the Reese's cup in front of the rainbow decoration and you're done with these fun pot of gold cupcakes! how to make pot of gold cupcakes for st patricks day


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Additional Supplies:

  • muffin pans and liners
  • piping bag and star decorating tip

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 40Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

All nutrition information is estimated and does not include all recipe elements. Please calculate your exact brands and ingredients when accuracy is desired.

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