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Chocolate-Mint Shamrock Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate-Mint Shamrock Cupcakes Recipe

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these adorable St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes. The best part of the recipe is how impressive they look, but how easy they are to make! The festive decorations are the magic of melted candy and gold dust. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2 hours Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • Pencil, paper, scissors and waxed paper
  • 1 cup light green candy coating disks
  • 24 chocolate wafers
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup, warmed
  • Gold pearl dust
  • 2 packages (4.67 ounces each) mint Andes candies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • 1. Prepare and bake cake batter according to package directions for cupcakes; cool completely.
  • 2. Meanwhile, with a pencil and paper, draw shamrock design. Cut out pattern. Melt candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl; stir until smooth. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in corner of bag. Place waxed paper over the pattern; pipe a shamrock design. Repeat 23 times. Refrigerate until set.
  • 3. Lightly brush wafers with corn syrup; brush with pearl dust. Gently lift candy shamrocks from waxed paper. Lightly brush bottoms with corn syrup; attach to wafers. Set aside.
  • 4. Place Andes candies in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over candies; whisk until smooth. Cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Dip cupcakes into melted mints; let stand until set. Press a shamrock-topped wafer onto each cupcake. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: Pearl dust is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit

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Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"I like using the gold disks under the shamrock on top. That gives us the leprechaun's gold coins!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"I think I will just pipe the decoration on the cupcake!!! This sounds like too much trouble!!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

"Thank you!  I am going to try to gather all the ingredients tomorrow and take the cupcakes to the Wednesday night supper at church for the kids!  I am going to try Michael's for the gold dust and am hoping they have it.  Not sure where else to find Wilton supplies at short notice.  I am with the the other gal who posted saying it would be great to get this kind of recipe a week or so before so you have time to gather everything.   Do love the recipes though!  "

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

"wouldnt it be better to send a holoday reco[e a weel or so before the holiday and not the day before---if i was looking for a recipe like this i would not want to be getting stuff together the day or nite before---thaks---i love getting your emails"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

" They are probably "Nabisco Famous chocolate Wafers" which are in a yellow box. I have not looked for them recently, but I have found them at my local grocery store with other Nabisco products in the past. "

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2009

"The recipe calls for chocolate wafers - is this a cookie? If someone can give me a brand and where they purchased them from I would appreciate it. Thanks!"

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2009

"Your thing looks good and it has a beautiful taste!Keep up the good work!aaaaaand plus i love this cupcake"

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