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Fun-Filled St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

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What’s a holiday without a little chocolate?! And what’s even better than chocolate is Guinness and chocolate with caramel!  These cupcake treats are moist, festive and literally FULL of fun!  They’re relatively easy to make and as far as scratch-made cakes, this is one of my favourite recipes.  I love how they are sweet and chocolatey but that the flavour of the Guinness is still prevalent!  They are a perfect addition to this St. Patrick’s Day week!

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Using my previously posted recipe for Guinness Chocolate Cake I scooped the batter into paper lined muffin tins (recipe makes 24 cupcakes…just search for “Guinness chocolate cake” and bake for 15-20 mins at 350) and then using a paring knife I cut into each cooled cupcake to create a little pocket to fill with rainbow sprinkles.  I sliced the cutout so that it was a thin lid, placed it on the sprinkle filled cupcakes and frosted them with my tried and true delicious (and up until now, secret) icing.  Decorate as you like and then watch the pure joy as someone you love bites into one!

 

THE best icing you’ll make:

  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix (or any other flavour as desired)
  • optional flavourings: I used caramel extract with these cupcakes but you can also use vanilla, cinnamon, almond extract etc.
  • Combine all ingredients and whip with an electric mixer until thick.  Whip until it is thicker than whipped cream, to the point where it resembles buttercream.  Best served within 24 hours of frosting (store in fridge until consumed).

 

On a side note, Tupperware’s large spice containers work extremely well for storing your sprinkles…especially if you have a bit of an addiction like me and have ALOT of varieties of sprinkles floating around in your cupboards!!

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St. Patrick’s Day Treats🍀

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Rice Krispie treats are so easy to make and are always such a crowd-pleaser especially with kids!  For St. Patrick’s Day fun we added Lucky Charms to our traditional recipe (using half Rice Krispies and half Lucky Charms in the recipe found on the cereal box).  This is such a simple way to be festive this week.  E helped me with the green sprinkles after I had pressed the gooey mixture into the pan and he loves pointing out the marshmallow charms as he devours his treat!  We’re hoping they’ll bring us some luck and maybe a leprechaun or two come St. Patricks Day!

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 pkg large marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5-6 cups rice krispies
  • 4-5 cups lucky charms
  • green sprinkles for decorating

Melt the butter and marshmallows in a large pot, once melted take off the heat and add the vanilla, stir then add the cereal.  Press into a greased or parchment lined 9×13 pan.  Wet your hands so the marshmallow doesn’t stick and press the treats evenly down into the pan then add green sprinkles on top!  Let cool and set before you slice and share!

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I have to admit I don’t buy sugary cereals unless it’s a special occasion.  We’re a plain Cheerios and Rice Krispies kind of home.  This summer I bought the fun pac of mini cereals for our camping adventure though and what a trip down memory lane that was!  Growing up we rarely had sugary cereals either but camping always meant the fun pacs (and usually a fight or two over who got the corn pops!) and so the tradition continues.

I did however indulge and buy a box of Lucky Charms this week to make these treats with my boy…and since the recipe doesn’t use the entire box we have also been snacking on the remainder…aka E picks out the marshmallow charms and I eat the sugary oat pieces!  In our house St. Patrick’s Day is like Christmas though and so there are more treats shared than normal!  Everything in moderation after all! Only 2 more sleeps until the big day!  (I wonder if we’ll be able to trap a leprechaun this year! These treats should help!)