Making A Pot Of Gold Cupcake For St. Patrick’s Day | Kid Friendly Things To Do

This Pot of Gold Cupcake with candy cupcake toppers made to look like a rainbow and an adorable pot of gold is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Shortcuts like boxed cake and easy cupcake toppers make this a great last-minute quick dessert for your party or St. Patrick’s Day treat.


pot of gold cupcakes

Pot of Gold Cupcakes

If you are looking for St. Patrick’s Day treats, you might want to try some of my other fun and easy treats for the kids, like – Over the Rainbow Chocolate Covered Strawberries,  my Rainbow Jell-O Poke Cake, or a fun Shamrock Shake Recipe (McDonald’s Copy-Cat} 

How Do I Store Cupcakes?

Typically, cupcakes can sit overnight on the counter, but beyond that, they should be placed in an airtight container and left at room temperature

How Long Will Cupcakes Last?

Cupcakes stored in an airtight container at room temperature should be fresh for at least three days.

Pot of Gold Cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day

What I love about these cupcakes…

  • They are super easy to make – anyone can make and decorate these
  • shortcuts are key to these cupcakes – a Reese’s is turned into a pot of gold, a store-bought cake mix is perfectly fine, and the candy is even used for the rainbow piece
  • you don’t have to be great at piping frosting – you can use a grass tip (so fun!) or a star tip like I did to easily make grass
  • if you don’t care about making a grass effect, then just spread the frosting on. Nobody will care, because you have a pot of gold and a rainbow sitting on top – so cute!

Tips and Tricks for this cupcake

  • if anyone has a peanut allergy, substitute a Rolo for the miniature Reese’s cup
  • use a grass or star tip with your piping bag for a grass look
  • find premade green frosting – if you can. If not, just mix a little bit of green food coloring with white vanilla or cream cheese frosting – or homemade buttercream frosting
  • use cupcake liners for easy cleanup
  • another idea for grass is to color coconut flakes green by simply shaking them with green food coloring in a zip-tight bag until they are the color green
  • there are several rainbow candies to choose from – Airheads makes an extreme sour rainbow candy belt, they also make little rainbow bites (like the ones in the photo), Sweet Tarts makes rainbow ropes and there is even rainbow licorice – to name a few

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pot of gold cupcakes with a rainbow

Are you ready to make these sweet treats? Let’s make sure you have everything you’ll need…



  • boxed cake plus ingredients listed on the back of the box to make cupcakes
  • cupcake liners – I used green for St. Patrick’s Day and to go with the grass
  • frosting – hopefully you can find some green colored icing like Funfetti or color white frosting green with food coloring
  • mini Reese’s chocolate candy
  • chocolate frosting
  • Gold Sprinkles – you can buy candy gold coin sprinkles, cupcake gems, or gold non-perils
  • rainbow candy

Additional Equipment you might need:

  • piping bags with a star or grass tip
  • cupcake baking pans
  • mixing bowls
  • silicone mixing spoons or another mixer like a wooden spoon or whisk
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups

How do you make Pot of Gold Cupcakes?

(more specific details are in the printable recipe card below)

  • preheat your oven
  • mix the cake batter in a large bowl – using the directions on the box
  • place liners in the muffin cups
  • pour batter about 2/3 of the way up and bake
  • allow to cool completely – you can use a wire rack or just put cupcakes on a protected surface and let cool for about 10-15 minutes
  • decorate with green frosting
  • spread chocolate frosting onto Reese’s and sprinkle the gold on top
  • place your decorations on the cupcake by adding the pot of gold and rainbow

Making A Pot Of Gold Cupcake For St. Patrick’s Day | Kid Friendly Things To Do

Easy to make Pot of Gold cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen


  • premade and cooled cupcakes
  • green frosting
  • mini Reese’s cups – can substitute Rolos
  • chocolate frosting
  • gold sprinkles
  • rainbow candy

Additional Equipment:

  • piping bag with a star tip or grass tip


  • allow your cupcakes to completely cool
  • add green frosting to your bag that already has a star or grass tip in place

frosting a cupcake with grass frosting

  • frost the cupcakes by squeezing out the frosting going in an up and down pattern – squeeze onto the cake – pull bag straight up, squeeze down, pull straight up, etc…

making a Reese's pot of gold

  • spread some chocolate frosting on the top of a mini Reese’s
  • place the candy on the cupcake and shake gold sprinkles onto the chocolate frosting – some will spill over  and that’s great

Pot of Gold Cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day

  • add the rainbow at an angle so it looks like it is pointing toward the sky


store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.Com 

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