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Leprechaun Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

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Are you ready for another fun St. Patrick’s Day treat? Seems like little Leprechauns keep popping up all over our house, yesterday we tried to trap one…he left a mess and escaped, but he did leave us some treats! Since he was nice enough, I thought I’d bake up a batch of  these Leprechaun Cupcakes, they are simply adorable, and really easy to create too!

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Just like the Uncle Sam Cupcakes I made for Fourth of July, the Leprechaun head is a cupcake, topped with a fun green ice cream cone, a strip of black Candy Clay and a gold buckle.

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Leprechaun Cupcake Supplies

  • Cupcakes, baked and cooled {bake with or without liners}
  • Green Ice Cream Cones {I found these at Kroger}
  • White frosting
  • Gold frosting – colored using Buttercup Yellow
  • 2 Decorator Bags
  • Round tip #12
  • Red frosting – colored using Red No-Taste
  • Round tip #5
  • 1 Batch of Black Candy Clay
  • Yellow Starburst Candy
  • Candy Eyes
  • Mini Reese’s Pieces or Mini M&M’s

Let me show you how to create your own Leprechaun Cupcakes

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Step 1

First you need to prepare the hat.

  • Mix up a batch of black Candy Clay, you can find the recipe and directions HERE. {you could also use black licorice or frosting}
  • Roll out the Candy Clay to about 1/8 inch thick and cut into strips the width of the rim around the cone
  • Unwrap and soften a yellow Starburst candy in the microwave about 5 seconds, mold with your fingers until flat and cut out a square
  • Cut another very small square of Candy Clay, gently press onto the center of the yellow square
  • Add the strip of Candy Clay onto the cone, add the yellow square, pressing down slightly
  • With a very small amount of white frosting, add the mini heart sprinkles and white Jimmie sprinkle for the Shamrock

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Step 2

Now it’s time to frost the cupcake

  • Remove liner if you baked the cupcakes in liners, and turn the cupcake upside down
  • Using an offset spatula, frost around the outside and top
  • Run the spatula under hot water to smooth the frosting around the outside, no need to smooth the top, the hat will cover it

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Step 3

  • Add the hat, pressing down gently into the frosting

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Step 4

  • Fill a decorator bag fitted with a #12 round tip with gold frosting
  • Pipe on the beard

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Step 5

  • Run your finger under hot water and gently pat down the tip of frosting

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Step 6

  • Add candy eyes and a mini brown Reese’s Pieces or you could also use mini M&M’s

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Step 7

  • Fit a decorator bag with a #5 tip and fill with red frosting
  • Pipe on the mouth

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The other St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes are frosted with a swirl of gold and white, topped with sprinkles and a chocolate gold coin.

Swirled Frosting

  • Place a #1M Star Tip in a large resealable bag
  • Fill one side of the bag with white frosting and the other side with gold
  • Pipe some frosting onto a plate until the colors start to swirl
  • Pipe onto the cupcake

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  1. michelle says:

    love your leprechauns liz, we think alike :)
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  2. Pup Fan says:

    Those are too cute – I love the hats!
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  3. Netta says:

    I think this every single time I view your cupcake creations… Every single time I could type these same comments…
    “WOW! You are so talented! These are just adorable! Thank you for sharing with us!”
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  4. Karen says:

    how cute! ive been posting a lot about st. patty’s decor and kid friendly meals….this is super cute for kids…they can even do it themselves!

  5. Shane R. says:

    Cute idea! I kind of liked how his beard looked before you smoothed it out!
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  6. Great St. Patrick’s Day treats. I especially like how you used heart sprinkles and jimmies to make the shamrock on the Leprechaun’s hat. Very clever. Pinning.
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  7. Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons says:

    How fun to make these into cupcakes! Looks just like our Leprechaun Ice Cream!:)

  8. What a fun cupcake for St. Patrick’s. Never knew they made green cones!

  9. Jen says:

    Love your little leprechauns. I featured them in a round up today on my blog. Cheers.


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