In our house leprechauns are known for their silly tricks. While brainstorming a fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert I thought about the sort of tricks leprechauns might do if they were in charge of making it. And because Lucky Charms is the unofficial breakfast of leprechauns, I knew they would be perfect in St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. Yes I said IN the cupcakes! These Shamrock Surprise cupcakes have marshmallows hiding in the middle!
Start by baking green cupcakes. I actually had green velvet cake mix but you could simply use food dye in a white cake mix. Once the cupcakes are cool, core out the center of the cupcake with a knife. Pull out the bite size cupcake cores and resist eating
all of them. 😉 Fill the center of each cupcake with Lucky Charms Marshmallows.
Then generously frost the cupcakes to cover
your the leprechaun’s trickery. 🙂
I really wanted to have a fun rainbow on top. There are lots of colorful cupcake decorating options from airhead rainbows to rainbows made from mini M&Ms but I figured I was adding enough extra sugar inside the cupcakes. I opted to just add these super fun (& free printable) cupcake toppers. You can download the jumbo version here and the smaller version here.
Keep in mind the cupcakes are moist and some of that moisture will eventually make the marshmallows soggy just like in milk. I personally prefer crunchy Lucky Charms marshmallows BUT the cupcakes are yummy either way. If you want crunchy cupcake centers then wait to add the marshmallows and frosting until just before serving them.
Are you more of a cookie person? Then check out these fun shamrock cookie pops!