St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

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St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes . . . these tasty cupcakes have been a tradition at my house since I was a little girl. Pistachio pudding gives them great flavor as well as a fun green color. 

Recipe for St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes


Seeing as how tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it was probably time that I shared one of my favorite St. Patty’s recipes with you. Luckily I have the photos saved from last year, because I won’t have any time to make them. Tonight I’m teaching another cooking class, and the next two days I am helping out at the school Book Fair.

These cupcakes have been a favorite since I was a little girl. I don’t usually like the frosting in the can, but I do with this recipe. I made homemade cream cheese frosting once and didn’t like them as much. I was actually quite stunned.

I think it is a nostalgic thing for me. This was the only time my mom used store bought frosting, and it’s just how I grew up with them. So now, it is the only recipe I use canned cream cheese frosting. You can use whatever you choose.

Recipe for St Patrick's Day Cupcakes with pistachio pudding

We always just made them round, but last year I tried shamrock shapes. They turned out really cute, so I’ll share the instructions at the end of the recipe. Either way you make them, they are moist and absolutely delicious!
If you want to use the Shamrock Cupcake Toppers, you can find them HERE.

If you want to make shamrock shapes, here’s what you do:
-Place three glass marbles into each muffin cup in between the cupcake liners and the metal. It will look like this:
How to make St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes shaped like shamrocks
Important disclaimer: My boys were at school and I couldn’t find my son’s marbles, so I used the flat backed marbles from my craft room stash. THEY DON’T WORK! Apparently they didn’t push the paper in far enough. So use actual round marbles, or roll up pieces of aluminum foil into balls.

After you have frosted your cooled cupcakes, you can cut a paper stem, or use green licorice. Just poke it into the side of the cupcake. Here is the finished product:St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes(I took this photo ages ago, before I knew how to use my camera out of auto mode. My photography still isn’t perfect, but I sure have improved over the last few years!)

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes
Pistachio pudding gives these St. Patrick's Day cupcakes great flavor as well as a fun green color. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes



  1. Stir together flour, pudding mix, chips, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture just till combined.
  3. Fill paper lined muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.
  4. Cool completely and frost. You can either use white frosting with sprinkles, or stir some food coloring into the frosting.


Make sure you use the mini chocolate chips. Regular ones tend to sink to the bottom.


Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day Recipes? Here’s a few more:

St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe for chocolate chip cookies that are perfect for St Patricks Day.
Shamrock Cookie Cups
Learn how to make these easy Shamrock Cookie Cups
St. Patrick’s Day S’more Snack Mix

To see all my St. Patrick’s Day ideas, click HERE.




  1. Tara Henderson says

    Can I make these into a cake?


    • No, it’s full of a whole bunch of ingredients that no one can pronounce. Which is why I always make homemade cream cheese frosting, except for when I make these cupcakes. Actually, my kids didn’t even know frosting came in cans. My mom always made homemade except for when she made these. I figure if we eat frosting out of a can 5 or 6 times in our lifetime we’ll probably be OK. If it takes me back to my childhood for a few minutes, it’s worth it to me. But you can absolutely stick with the homemade version if you prefer.

  3. These are so cute! Thanks for linking up Kara!

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