Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cupcakes: St Paddy's Edition

As my friends around me were cooking corned beef & hash to celebrate Irish heritage, I decided to take it a little less seriously (or more seriously, depending on who you ask) and incorporate Lucky Charms into St. Paddy's Day. Now, this idea isn't my own (shout out to Pinterest!), but I had a fun time making it. I used all boxed stuff to make it easier on myself, but feel free to use any homemade cake mix or frosting recipes that you have.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18-22 minutes (depending on your oven)

Ingredients
One (1) box of Funfetti cake mix -- this includes all of the ingredients needed to bake the cupcakes according to its directions
18 cupcake liners
One (1) jar of white whipped frosting
Six (6) drops of green food coloring
1 1/2 cups of Lucky Charms marshmallows

Directions
Separate Lucky Charms marshmallows from the cereal and set aside. -- This seriously took about five full minutes to do. You will end up with cereal dust all over your hands. It'll be worth it.
Mix cupcake batter and pour into cupcake liners.
Bake at directed temperature.
While your cupcakes bake, mix the food coloring with the frosting. Set aside.
Let cupcakes cool completely once they are done.
Frost and top with marshmallows.

Tip
The marshmallows don't last very long outside of the box, so try to share and/or eat all cupcakes as soon as you can. If you'd like to take your time with them, you can always top with marshmallows right before you eat.