End of The Rainbow!

March 16

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and whether you’re Irish or not, it’s the perfect holiday for getting a little festive!  We have a tradition of boiling up a big pot of corned beef and cabbage for dinner and then indulging on our favorite recipe of Irish soda bread!  But on top of that dinnertime fun, I love to have special holiday treats prepared for my family and friends when they stop by.  And even though the Leprechauns will be arriving in one day…I have the perfect snack that will satisfy anyone who might be paying you a holiday visit.  It’s such an easy treat to create and looks practically professional…but guess what?…it’s not!  You still have time to whip this one up and be ready for some St. Paddy’s Day fun!  Let me share what’s at the end of the rainbow…

lucky coin cupcakes!

i adore semi-homemade treats!  i do love baking too, but sometimes when you’re in a pinch baking up batches of cakes and cupcakes just doesn’t fit the schedule!  and now days the bakeries within the local grocery stores have the most delectable choices and for a fraction of what you’d pay in a specialty shop.  not that i’m against a unique & tasty treat from my favorite cupcake store…but often times you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two when it comes to the more typical flavors.  check out these vanilla beauties that are also stuffed with a creamy filling…

vanilla cupcakes

i’ll tell you that my boys are actually fairly picky when it comes to cupcakes.  shockingly there’s plenty of expensive ones out there that don’t meet their muster…but these Meijer store sweets were such a huge hit i had to go get more!  i also find mini cakes that my family loves at Kroger, Fresh Thyme, and Fresh Market.  just shop around to find your favorite go-to choice!

now to top ’em…

i found these fun, rainbow colored Twizzler candies…

twizzlers candies

and chocolate coins…it is St. Patrick’s Day after all!

chocolate coins

look how fun the colors of these mini candy twists are!  they look so festive with the paper baking cups i picked up at Home Goods to keep in my pantry.  if you grab a few party supplies like these to keep on hand, it makes it even easier to dress up your treats!  they don’t take up much room and if they’re on sale or at a clearance store…they can be really cheap too!

rainbow candies

now for the fun part…besides nibbling on the decorations!  i pulled together some extra supplies from the pantry to decorate those sweet cakes…

cupcake decorating

i almost always have a jar of jetpuffed mini marshmallows in my cupboard but you can easily find them in the baking section of any grocer…and they don’t dry out or get sticky so you can store them for a long time!  i’m using mine to make mini “clouds” for beneath the twizzler rainbows!  the candy is fairly stiff and won’t stay in the shape of a rainbow on its own.  you’ll need to use a toothpick or two to insert into each end of the candy…

cake decorating

this way when you pop it onto the treat, the toothpick will go deep into the cupcake and help hold the candy rainbow in place AND in the right shape…

cupcake decorating

cupcake decorations

now you can press in the mini marshmallows if you desire…and add a chocolate coin to represent the pot of gold!

rainbow cupcakes

so easy, so festive, so tasty!  get your kids in the kitchen and make a production line of “lucky coin” cupcakes…

Holiday cupcakes

i hope you find happiness at the end of your rainbow this holiday!

Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

  1. Anonymous

    March 16

    I love the rainbow Twizzlers and the pot of gold idea! The cupcakes are so cute! I’m also interesting in finding a good recipe for Irish soda bread.

    • Lori

      March 16

      Thank you so much! I will try to publish a recipe for the soda bread soon. We’ve got one that’s a family favorite!

  2. Anonymous

    March 16

    I love the rainbow Twizzlers and the pot of gold idea! I’m also hoping to find a great Irish soda bread recipe.

  3. Amy Lesniewicz

    March 16

    These are adorable! I want one just to taste that frosting!

    • Lori

      March 16

      Thanks Amy!! Don’t they look incredible? Meijer makes a great cupcake!!