Pot o’ Gold Cupcakes

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Wouldn’t it be cool if there really was a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? And you could hunt it down, like with geotracking or whatever it’s called?

A pot of gold. I wonder how much it would be worth? I mean, gold must be worth tons these days. Otherwise why would all those people be having those parties where you rifle through your jewlery box and come away with money, like pirates or something?

If I had a pot of gold, I’d buy a new car. Or pay off my house. Or buy a unicorn.

Because a unicorn is way more stylish than a Jetta Sportwagon. In silver. Preferably with a sunroof. It’s definitely way more stylish than a Toyota Hylander.


I never used to think leprechauns were real. I always just figured they were made up, the stuff of stories and legends. Then I started reading books like Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse. And I learned that not only do vampires exist (although there is some debate over whether they explode in the sunlight or that’s just the glare from their sparkle) but so do werewolves. And dragons. And fairies.

And leprechauns.

So if leprechauns exist, then so must pots o’ gold, right? I really need to find me a leprechaun who can give me his gold. But that would probably necessitate me to go out in nature. Hmmm…

Maybe I’ll just buy a lotto ticket instead? Probably better odds.

I know pot o’ gold cupcakes aren’t new. They’ve been all over the place, and they are so super cute. But the other day I had some cupcakes. And I had some leftover green buttercream. So what’s a girl to do?

I dipped the cupcakes in chocolate, tops and bottoms. You have to let them dry on one side before doing the other.

Then I made gold. My own gold. But it won’t buy me a unicorn.

It will, however, buy me more time at the gym. I used gold color mist and Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Creme drops. You can use any sort of candy, like Trish did. And yes, it smells like spray paint. But it’s edible!

Then I flipped the cupcake upside down, frosted it, and topped it with gold.

Way easier than winning the lotto. Or catching a leprechaun.


Pot o’ Gold Cupcakes


  • Cupcakes , baked and cooled with the liners removed
  • Chocolate candy melts or almond bark
  • Hershey's Cookies 'n Creme Drops or other similar sized white round candy
  • Wilton Color Mist in Gold , or other comparable spray
  • Buttercream frosting , your favorite recipe or from a can (I tinted mine a light green)


  1. Melt chocolate according to package directions. I used about 1/2 cup for the two cupcakes. I also added some vegetable oil to thin the chocolate a bit.
  2. Dip the bottom half of the unwrapped cupcake in the chocolate, using a spoon to bring it all the way up the sides of the cupcake. Tap off excess chocolate and place cupcake on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Let harden (chilling helps speed this step).
  3. Dip the top of the cupcake in the melted chocolate, again using the spoon to make sure it is completely covered, no cake showing. Place back on the cookie sheet and let harden.
  4. Place as many of the Hershey's Drops on a paper plate as you need. Spray with the gold spray and chill until set. Turn over and repeat, so the entire candy is covered.
  5. Turn the cupcake upside down, so the thinner part is on top. Frost with the buttercream (I used a 1M tip). Top with the gold coins.
  6. Fool your kids into thinking you really found gold!
What would you do with a pot o’ gold?

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  1. I’d totally buy a unicorn! 🙂

  2. That idea for the gold coins is SO clever! I love that. And I would totally just pay off my bills and go the Williams-Sonoma and buy to my heart’s content!

  3. Oh my goodness, these are totally cute! I love the idea for the gold coins! Man, if I had a pot o’ gold, I’d quit work and spend my days at Sur La Table and Crate and Barrel.

  4. Very creative! I love the idea for the gold coins!
    Have a nice day..

  5. oh so cute, i saw some gold sprinkles on another blog and I was all over them, but did not want to pay for something like that. You are genius and now I will go to the craft store and buy spray colour, because i want to buy a unicorn with gold chocolate too;p

  6. SO cute!

    And, of course, I’m planning on posting Pot o’ Gold cupcakes tomorrow.

    But, is that really surprising?

  7. Those are such a great idea. I love the chocolate dipped cupcakes and the little gold “coins” 🙂

  8. They make unicorns with sunroofs?! Sweet!

    I totally am going to keep my eye out for that gold spray paint stuff you can eat. Super awesome.

    And chocolate covered cupcakes…ngaaaa. I want one for breakfast!

  9. You inverted a cupcake and dipped it in chocolate. Seriously?!?! If I had a freaking pot of gold, I’d use it to buy some of that creativity off of you cause WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?! So adorable. Love the coated candies!!

  10. Great idea. The cupcake I mean. Hunting down a leprechaun is a little difficult, I’ve tried, I’m a geocacher!

  11. I haven’t seen this cupcake before so you totally scooped me. LOVE IT! SO FUN! 🙂

  12. what a lovely idea! I can’t wait to dip my cupcakes in chocolate, sounds fun and delicios

  13. I had no idea they made this spray in gold! Brilliant!! Love your pots of gold. I pretty much need to find me one of those!

  14. So Cute! I love how you did the coins- great idea.

  15. Way too cute!

  16. Last week, we wrote stories about leprechauns in school. I told the kids, “I’m going to tell you how to spell leprechaun because I know you’ll ask, so write it down at the top of your paper. L-e-p-r-e-c-h-a-u-n.” When I read their stories?? Every kid had leprechaun spelled correctly at the top of the page…and 90% of them spelled it wrong in the story below. *sigh*

    Spray painting candy?? What will you think of next? 🙂

  17. So cute and they look delicious!

  18. Adorable! You did such a great job on these cupcakes…so clever and cute! My daughter’s kindergarten class baited a Leprechaun trap with “gold” coins just before Spring Break. It will be very interesting to see what they caught! Super, super cute St. Patrick’s Day treats!

  19. YOU ROCK!!!!! I dream of winning a real pot of gold someday and quitting my day job but these would settle for a decent runner up! Fun (and thanks for the link, how nice of you…) Take care.

  20. i love the edible spray paint! and good luck finding the gold! 🙂

  21. Such a cute idea!!

  22. What a nice twist on a regular cupcake! Thanks for sharing at Things I’ve Done Thursday. http://www.bearrabbitbear.com

  23. What the…? Ok these are totally new to me. Where have these cute little buggers behinding that I’m just now learning how to make posts of gold. You are just oo clever, girl! That is one golden idea. (I couldn’t resist the pun.)

    My Friday Food Fight link is up. Come on over and link up a wee bit of your gold.

  24. You are full of great ideas, these are exceptionally cute!
    I hope your St. Pat’s weekend is great!

  25. These are cute! And can I ride your unicorn?!

  26. I need to get some of that spray paint and make my own gold! Perfect St. Paddy’s Day treat!

  27. Yeah, you guessed it. Pinned! Thanks for sharing!

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