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CHARLES TOWN – Why buy a special pan to make shamrock-shaped cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day? If you have marbles on hand or take time to create marble-sized balls of aluminum foil, you can bake up some holiday cupcakes perfect for a class party or to share with the favorite leprechaun in your life.
All you need is a cake mix (whatever flavor you like), a pan for standard large cupcakes, cupcake liners (either foil ones, green ones or ones with a St. Patrick’s theme), marbles or aluminum foil rolled into balls the size of marbles (you’ll need three per cupcake) and to decorate, white frosting, green food coloring, black licorice sticks (or get green ones from a pack of Twizzlers Rainbow Twists sold alongside other colors) and green sugar sprinkles.
First, prepare the cake mix as directed on the box. Place the cupcake liners inside the cupcake pans. Next, fill the liners halfway with batter.
To make your cupcakes bake into the proper shape, place three marbles or foil balls alongside the cupcake liners to squeeze the cupcakes into a shamrock.
You’ll want to bake your cupcakes a few minutes less than directed on the box because there each cup contains slightly less batter.
When done, remove cupcakes from oven and let cool completely.
Now to complete the St. Patrick’s look, you’ll create green frosting by mixing in a few drops of food coloring to tint it green.
Frost your cupcakes and add a small piece of licorice to make a stem for your shamrock and finish each with some festive sugar sprinkles.
Best of all, you won’t need the luck of the Irish (or any luck at all for that matter) to make these cupcakes disappear in a no time.