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two cupcakes dipped in chocolate with green frosting and gold colored candy to look like pot o gold cupcakes with words on photo

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.

two cupcakes dipped in chocolate with green frosting and gold colored candy to look like pot o gold cupcakes

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.

two cupcakes dipped in chocolate with green frosting and gold colored candy to look like pot o gold cupcakes

Pot o’ Gold Cupcakes

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  • 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)


  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fool your kids into thinking you really found gold!
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

Last Updated on May 13, 2020

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  1. 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.

    1. Thanks Trish! I think you rock because all your stuff is so awesome! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  2. 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!

    1. Thank you! Kindergarten was such a fun leprechaun year. My daughter just built him a house to see if he’d show up tomorrow. We’ll see how tired “he” is tonight!

  3. 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? 🙂

  4. 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!

    1. It’s great stuff! I found it at Michaels and have seen it at Joann’s and Walmart too! 🙂