Leprechaun’s Belt Cupcakes
Top of the mornin’ to ya. Yep, you guessed it. St. Paddy’s day is right around the corner and what better way to get you and the kiddos celebrating than with these incredible Leprechaun’s Belt Cupcakes. These wonderful little tidbits are easy to make and will wow your kids and other family members in a heartbeat. St. Paddy’s day is a huge celebration for not only the Irish, but for everyone and these adorable Leprechaun’s Belt Cupcakes are a great addition to anyone’s gathering.As an adult, I don’t really celebrate St. Paddy’s day myself. I do however, encourage my kids to celebrate among their friends at school and there is no better way for them to get into the festivities than with some of these Leprechaun’s Belt Cupcakes to share with their friends and teachers as well. My kids love leprechauns and the magical mystery that they are associated with so whipping up a batch or five of these cupcakes is not a chore, its a delight. You don’t have to be an artist to decorate, you don’t even have to be chocolatier to make the cutest belt buckle ever. Imagination and patience is all that’s needed for this crowd pleasing Leprechaun’s Belt Cupcake.
- 1 box cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup oil
- mini oreos
- 8 ounces yellow chocolate wafers
- gold rock sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 3 1/4 cups icing sugar
- green food colouring
- 2 1/2 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Wilton’s black icing
- piping bag and small star tip
Belting out the Cupcakes:
- preheat oven to specs on back of cake box.
- Line your muffin tray with liners and set aside.
- Make your cupcakes as per instructions on back of box.
- Bake your cupcakes and let cool completely on a wire rack.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add your butter, icing sugar and mix well.
- Add your vanilla and heavy cream 1 tbsp at a time until you get a nice firm consistency.
- While the icing is mixing on medium high speed, add about 20 drops of green food colouring and mix for about two mins.
- Fill your piping bag with the green frosting and decorate the top 1/3 of the cupcake then the bottom 1/3 leaving about 1/2 inch for the black icing.
- The Wilton’s icing comes with a built in tip so fill in the rest of the cupcake with the black making sure to fill any gaps.
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat 6 ounces of your chocolate at 30 second intervals until melted.
- Gently stir in the rest of the wafers and stir continuously until melted. If you have a candy thermometer, you need to get the temperature down to 79 then gently reheat to a temperature of 84.
- Dip a knife into your chocolate and let it settle for a few mins. It should harden nicely and snap off in clean pieces.
- Using a fork or a teaspoon, cover your mini oreos completely in the chocolate and set on a piece of parchment paper.
- Gently sprinkle with the rock sugar and once hardened, place on the center of the belt.
- Sprinkle some Rock sugar on top of the green icing and you are done.I don’t consider myself a very artsy type of person and to be honest with you, I did a little bit of a huge happy dance when all was said and done with this incredibly easy and crowd pleasing Leprechaun’s Belt Cupcake recipe. My kids made quick work at demolishing every last one of these fun and decorative cupcakes and they have all asked me repeatedly to make sure that they will be at their St. Paddy’s Day celebration at school this year. I think that’s a very good idea and I’ll be making up these cupcakes for all five of the kids to treat their friends with this year.