Hi! My name is Maggie and I am named after my great-great grandma, Maggie Ryan. It doesn’t get more Irish than that! That may be why I love St. Patrick’s day SO much. I am also an Irish dancer which makes this holiday extra exciting for me! This St. Patrick’s day I wanted to do something fun and all by myself, so I did. I made these lovely rainbow cupcakes and hoped to share them with you so that you can make St. Patrick’s day lots of fun too.
Here is what you will need to make these awesome cupcakes.
- 1 box of yellow or white cake mix
- 1 can of vanilla frosting
- Blue food coloring
- 2 boxes of Sour Airhead rainbow candy strips
- Mini marshmallows
- Bake cupcakes according to the package directions. Let fully cool.
- Mix the blue food coloring into the can of frosting and stir completely. Frost the cupcake.
- Bend the candy strip into an arch and push into the frosted cupcake, forming a rainbow. [You may want to cut about an inch and a half off the strip for a slightly smaller rainbow.]
- Put about four marshmallows on each side of the candy strip to create cute clouds that support the rainbow.
- Do the same thing on each of the other cupcakes.
- Enjoy your lucky rainbow cupcakes! I hope they are as delicious as they are cute!
St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite holidays around here. I usually buy Irish soda bread from a great local bakery, but this year I decided to try making it. This recipe is super easy and uses Greek yogurt in place of some of the buttermilk. Greek yogurt and Irish soda bread….who would have guessed that particular culture combo could be so yummy!
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 Tbs. cold butter, diced
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup raisins tossed in a pinch or two of flour
1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone liner.
2. In the bowl of a large mixer, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt until combined. Add diced butter and mix until small crumbs form.
3. In a separate bowl, mix egg, yogurt and buttermilk. Add to dry ingredients in mixer. Do not over mix. Toss raisins with a pinch or two of flour and add to dough, mixing until raisins are distributed.
4. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface and gently kneed a couple times, and form into a rounded mound. Transfer to the baking sheet and slit the top of the loaf with a knife. Bake 50 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Extra yummy with butter and honey … then again, what’s not?
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Pot Of Gold Cupcakes
You will need:
Striped sour candy strips
gold chocolate coins
1. Whip up a batch of your favorite cupcakes.
2. Cover with green frosting. If you are feeling extra crafty you can use the decorative piping tip that gives you the look of grass. I was out of time so we just piped on a large amount of frosting. You can never really have enough frosting.
3. Make the rainbow by forming striped sour candy strips into an arch and sticking the ends into the cupcake. You may need to trim down the candy strip a bit to a piece that is about 6″ long or whatever length works for you. The shorter they are, the better they will stand up.
4. Insert the gold chocolate coin into the cupcake on one end of the rainbow.
Make a bunch and share. A wise leprechaun once told me that sharing will bring you the luck of the Irish. Or a pot of gold. Or maybe these little babies will just taste better if you share ’em. Like so many things in life, they are better when shared with those you love. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!