Are you looking for a fun treat to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? Well, look no further, because here is an awesome Magical Lucky Charms Cupcakes Recipe for Saint Patrick's Day! These magically delicious cupcakes are easy to make with the help of a box of cake mix and fun Lucky Charms marshmallows!
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What We Love About These Lucky Charms Cupcakes
Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with Lucky Charms Cupcakes! Lucky Charms cereal has been around for generations, and now you can turn it into a delicious treat. These Lucky Charms Cupcakes are the perfect way to show your Irish spirit on the holiday.
The marshmallows from Lucky Charms will add just the right amount of sweetness, while the moist, decadent cupcake will make sure your dessert stands out. The marshmallows are like the ones in cereal, hard and crunchy, but they will soften a bit since they are tucked into a moist, decadent little cupcake.
This is one Saint Patrick's Day recipe that everyone in the family can enjoy! So get creative in the kitchen and whip up some Lucky Charm Cupcakes this Saint Patrick's Day - they're sure to be a hit! You might also enjoy our Saint Patrick’s Day Mint Oreo Brownie Tart Recipe and our St. Patrick’s Day Mini Ombre Cakes Recipe!
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How to make this St. Patrick's Day Lucky Charms Cupcakes Recipe
This cupcake recipe is actually quit easy to make, even with the whole STUFFING the Lucky Charms inside!
Here are the Ingredients you will need to make these Lucky Charm Cupcakes
To make these easy and fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes, you will need to gather together the following ingredients:
- White cake mix and ingredients to make cake (this is usually just oil, water and eggs)
- Prepared white frosting - You can make frosting from scratch or buy a tub of white frosting
- Green gel food coloring (I prefer to use Wilton Kelly Green Gel Colors)
- Rainbow sprinkles - these Wilton rainbow sprinkles even have mini rainbows in them!
- Dehydrated marshmallows or Lucky Charms Marshmallows only
- White and green sprinkles - like these Saint Patrick's Day sprinkles
Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts that you will need to make our Lucky Charms cupcake recipe are in the printable recipe card below.
Recommended Equipment for making the best Cupcakes
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. For this Saint Patrick's day cupcakes recipe, I recommend the following equipment to make the entire process easier. You will find that once you invest in a few key items for your cooking and baking needs, every recipe will become easier to make!
- Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick Standard Muffin Pan, Set of 2, 12-Cup, Steel
- Caperci Standard Natural Cupcake Liners
- Norpro Double Melon Baller with Wood Handle, 8 Inch
- Piping Bags Disposable Icing Piping Bags and Tips Set for Decorating
- 60 Minute Wind Up Timer
- Cooling Rack for Baking 2-Pack, 16x10 Inches
How to Make These St Patricks Day Cupcakes
First, prepare the cupcake batter according to instructions on the box. Once prepared, pour the batter into lined cupcake tins and bake according to the instructions. Allow your plain white cake mix cupcakes to cool completely before you begin to frost them or the frosting will simply melt!
I recommend using these adorable Wilton Saint Patrick's Day cupcake liners!
Add your green food coloring to a tub of white frosting and mix it together really well. Place the colored frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip and then set it aside.
Use a melon baller to scoop a hole into the center of each cupcake and reserve the top cake piece.
Scoop a little more out and discard that cake.
Hint: Save these little leftover pieces of white cake and use it to make a few Saint Patrick's day cake pops! Check out this easy cake pops recipe!
Fill the empty cavity in your cupcakes with a little bit of Lucky Charms marshmallows and the rainbow sprinkles.
And then replace the reserved cupcake top that you set aside a moment ago.
Pipe a generous amount of your prepared green frosting onto the top of each cupcake and sprinkle it with your Saint Patrick's day sprinkles.
This Saint Patrick's Day Lucky Charms Cupcakes Recipe makes 24 cupcakes!
Top Tips for Making These Cupcakes
Before you begin to make the cupcakes according to the box directions, allow the eggs to reach room temperature.
Prep and Storage Tips for Lucky Charm Treats
Serve your Lucky Charms Cupcakes immediately or store them in an airtight container until you ready to serve them on Saint Patrick's Day. They will store well in the fridge or set on the counter for up to 4 days. If you are taking these Lucky Charms cupcakes to a Saint Patrick's day party, or to a family function - or classroom party - you might want to invest in a cupcake carrier! I have used this one for years and love it to pieces! It also makes a great stuffed eggs portable container that gets lots of use during the holiday season! You can get it here on Amazon!
Variations of this Lucky Charms Cupcake Recipe
While this cupcake recipe is made specifically for Saint Patrick's Day, you can use this as a base recipe to make all sorts of fun cupcakes throughout the year!
- Valentine's Day - Replace the green food coloring and sprinkles with pink or red!
- Add pudding - add a dallop of instant vanilla pudding in the middle of the cupcakes instead of the Lucky Charms marshmallows.
- Lucky Charms muffins - make this a breakfast-friendly version for Saint Patrick's Day breakfast by reducing some of the icing.
If you are looking for a fruit-filled cupcake recipe, you might want to check out this Strawberry Surprise Cupcakes Recipe on my website that we shared for Patriotic holidays in the past!
FAQ about this Lucky Charms Cupcake Recipe
The secret to super moist cupcakes is to not overmix the batter. If you overmix your batter, you collapse the air bubbles that make cake light, fluffy and moist! Always mix your cake and cupcake batter on low speed. Do not use medium speed when mixing this recipe!
Each bag of Lucky Charms cereal contains marshmallow charms in the shape of hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, rainbows, red balloons, and unicorns.
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Magical Lucky Charms Cupcakes Recipe for Saint Patrick's Day
- cupcake pan
- piping bag
- Prepare and bake cupcakes as directed on the package. Cool completely.
- Add green food coloring to a tub of frosting and mix well. Place into a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip. Set aside.
- Use a melon baller to scoop a hole into the center of cupcake and reserve the top cake piece. Scoop a little more out and discard that cake. Fill with marshmallows and rainbow sprinkles and replace reserved top.
- Pipe frosting onto each cupcake and sprinkle with sprinkles. Serve immediately or store covered until ready to serve.
Check out these other fun Lucky Charms themed food ideas!
These are a few super fun Lucky Charms food products I found on Amazon while searching for ingredients to make this recipe!
- Betty Crocker Lucky Charms Complete Marshmallow Pancake Mix, 14.5 oz Box
- Lucky Charms Marshmallow Clusters Breakfast Cereal, 17.6oz
- Lucky Charms Smores Breakfast Cereal with Marshmallows, Family Size, 18 OZ
- Lucky Charms Limited Edition Just Magical Marshmallows
- Lucky Charms Breakfast Bars, 16 Bars (Pack of 4)
A little history about how Lucky Charms cereal came to be:
Can you believe that Lucky Charms cereal has been around for over 50 years?! I was born in 1978, and I can't remember a time when I wasn't lusting after this delicious sugary breakfast treat! I went to the General Mills website to find out more about the history of Lucky Charms.
Lucky Charms cereal debuted in 1964 with oat pieces in shapes of bells, fish, arrowheads, clovers and X’s and green clovers, pink hearts, orange stars and yellow moons marshmallows.
The cereal was created by product developer John Holahan. He developed the original prototype based on Cheerios cereal pieces and chopped up pieces of his favorite candy – Circus Peanuts.
Lucky the Leprechaun debuted in 1964 with one of the most expensive advertising roll-outs to that date featuring full color ads in Sunday comics and comic books plus animated ads featuring the charmin’ leprechaun.
In 1967, a kiss of sugar frosting was added to the oat pieces.
In 1983, purple horseshoes were added.
How to Make a White Cake From Scratch
If you are looking for a recipe to make the white cake and frsoting from scratch instead of using a box mix and prepared frosting, no worries! I know that a lot of people prefer to stay away from prepared foods and like the taste of homemade baked goods better.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup milk
Instead of baking the white cake mix according to the package directions, use these easy ingredients and following the recipe as normal after that part.
How to make Vanilla frosting from Scratch
- 1 cup powdered sugar (do not sift before measuring)
- 2 Tablespoons softened butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- about 3 teaspoons milk
Place the powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla into a large bowl. With your electric mixer on low speed, combine these ingredients together for a few seconds. Slowly beat in the milk, a little at a time, until it has reached a nice, fluffy frosting consistency. Then beat it on high speed for about 15 seconds.
I love celebrating Saint Patrick's Day!
I have always loved celebrating the Saint Patrick's Day holiday, and we used to celebrate it with going out to eat at Bennigan's, back when they were still open in Miami! Now that they have closed down - as have almost all of our other Irish Pubs - literally EVERY SINGLE IRISH PUB IS NOW CLOSED!?!?! - we have to celebrate at home. I miss the days of the Saint Patrick's Day block party in South Miami. Good times, man, good times!
Have you ever been to Ireland?
If you're interested in reading about the week I spent in Ireland in 2017, check these articles out! I spent one day in Dublin, then headed off to a Ring of Kerry small group tour with Rabbies Tours - and it was amazing! My favorite part of the tour was the two days I spent in Killarney. Then I went back to Dublin, where I caught my flight home to Miami...and suffice it say, I left a little bit of my heart in Ireland and I can't wait to go back for a second, third, fourth...well, you get it! I want to go back as often as possible! As lovely as my tour through the Ring of Kerry was, I can't wait to see the rest of the country!