March 4, 2012

lying leprechauns

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So where's my pot of gold?



I'm so excited about these cupcakes, folks. Don't get me wrong--I'm always excited and a little bit surprised when anything I make turns out well, but these are in a league of their own. If you haven't planned your St. Patty's Day goodies yet, I would definitely recommend these pretty little cupcakes. They don't take that much time and effort to make, and look how lovely they turn out to be!


I just used a regular yellow buttermilk cake recipe, divided the resulting batter into six bowls, and dyed each batch of batter with a different color of gel. Then, I scraped a little bit of each hue into my cookie scoop and then, when it got full, I deposited the rainbow batter into one of the molds in the cupcake tin. Easy peasy!


Notes:
*The cake recipe I linked makes 36 cupcakes, so be forewarned!
*After about six scoopings, I cleaned out my scoop so the layers would continue to be defined and not just a hot brown mess.
*Start with a different color and use a different order every time to make each cupcake super unique!
*I went with a regular vanilla buttercream frosting, but lemon would be tasty and bright, as well. Heck, anything would work!
*Be prepared to get messy. I'm as diligent about cooking as neatly as possible as they come, but I still ended up with stained fingers and splotches here and there on my countertop. It's okay--it'll clean off eventually!


Just don't expect any pots of gold to appear after you make or eat these beauts. I can attest--it doesn't happen. Fortunately, even though gold is a hot commodity these days, a tasty cupcake (or 3) is enough of a reward for this gal.

43 comments:

Sue/the view from great island said...

Grace you are so creative, I always leave your site with a smile on my face. I wish I had known you when my kids were little, this would have rocked their world.
I love love love the last shot of the cupcake wrapper!

Becki's Whole Life said...

Wow, these are so adorable and perfect for St. Patty's Day. I like the idea of the lemon buttercream - I don't know why but the rainbow of flavors just screams lemon to me:-). So does one cookie scoop fill up your mold or do you more than one scoop per cupcake? I'm just trying to think if my larger scoop will make a whole cupcake...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, so cute! I love the colors. Really flamboyant.

Cheers,

Rosa

Faith said...

These are absolutely adorable, Grace, and I love how each is unique! Heck, the wrappers are even gorgeous!

Leslie said...

ADORABLE! I have been looking for my pot of gold too. Cant seem to find it!

~~louise~~ said...

Can a cupcake be charming? I sure am "charmed" by your innovative creativity, Grace.

They look utterly delicious too!

Thank you so much for sharing...

bellini said...

THese not only look fin to make but fun to eat as well

Kerstin said...

So festive - they just make me smile :) I could easily handle 3!

Corriendo said...

what a great idea!! they're so pretty!

Elizabeth said...

I absolutely LOVE the way these cupcakes look! Better yet, they sound delicious and so moist!

Von said...

At first, I thought you used colourful cake liners...but then I realised the colour was from the cake!! These are so colourful (in a pretty way of course!)!!

haha...you're probably the only one who can be bothered making each cupcake unique! :D

Barbara said...

Wish I'd seen this last week when my grandkids were here! What fun that would have been.
Very colorful, Grace!

Beth said...

What beautiful cupcakes! Forget looking for a pot of gold, I think they ARE the pot of gold. A fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's day!

Angie's Recipes said...

What original cupcakes! You should write your own cupcake bakebook!

Abby said...

Love, love, love! (But I'd still want the pot o' gold, too, my friend.)

Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits said...

Grace,
Don't give up hope for the pot o' gold. I think the leprechauns are just tad bit intimidated by the beauticheouness of these cupcakes. I couldn't find a word to describe them so I had to make one up! :)

Julie M said...

Alex, my six year old, would be all over these. Rainbows are kind of his thing. :) Nice job with these Grace, they're perfect!

MaryBeth said...

OMG...I love all of the bright colors, they are so adorable Grace.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

These are absolutely delightful Grace! :D Big love for these and 36 you say? I don't think there will be a problem demolishing these :P

The Blonde Duck said...

They're so PRETTY!

Joanne said...

No pot of gold necessary after these...they'd be the reward in and of themselves!

Erica said...

I love reading your posts! Cute cupcakes! Love the colors!

Helene said...

They look fabulous!

Vianney Rodriguez said...

these are so sweet! my girls would love them!!

Hornsfan said...

Love it! These are too cute and look so good, now if only I had some patience to actually make something so pretty ;)

Natasha Price said...

Such wonderful bright rainbow colors! Scrumptious!

Lynda said...

Wow, you are so creative Grace...these pretty cupcakes are amazing to look at and the recipe looks tasty too. It's a perfect recipe as there is plenty to share!

Juliana said...

Oh Grace, these are the most colorful and vivid cupcakes that I've seen...love the colors...they sure bring smiles!
Hope you are having a fabulous week :)

Hungry Dog said...

How fun! In lieu of a pot of gold, a few fantastic cupcakes will do. Nice job as always!

Deborah said...

These are so fun - what a great St. Patrick's day treat!!

Carolyn Jung said...

No pot of gold? Wahhh! ;)
But heck, these look too good not to indulge even without the gold coins.

lisa is cooking said...

These look so fun! Great idea for St. Patrick's Day. I want the gold, though.

Robin Sue said...

Rainbow cupcakes make me smile! Love the last photo of the empty wrapper- have no idea where that cupcake could have gone?

Pam said...

I love those!

foodhoe said...

What vivid colors! That surely doesn't come from the grocery store variety of food coloring... They are so festive!

Rosita Vargas said...

Pastelitos fantásticos y deliciosos,una maravilla los colores,abrazos hugs,hugs.

I Wilkerson said...

These really are cute--and simple enough to be truly practical. I think that they would be darling for Easter too.

Pam said...

My daughter would so dig those babies! They look great!

shaz said...

They are SO cute Grace! I recently made a rainbow layer cake it was a great hit with the kiddies. (I have to post it soon.) I think I'll make these rainbow cupcakes next time, sounds much easier.

Marjie said...

Holy Cow! Those are exciting! Just think how much fun it would have been to have those cupcakes at your birthday party when you were a kid!

oneordinaryday said...

Oh, we just love doing this for cupcakes and cakes. Pity it doesn't come with the pot of gold though.

Grandma Kat @ Easy Recipes Land said...

I'm going to enjoy making these, that's for sure!

Thank you,

Grandma Kat
XOXOXOXOXO

gobakeyourself said...

The leprechauns did not lie! The pot of gold is delivered when this rainbow is bitten into and tasted - omg these are heavenly!

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