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Surprise-Inside St. Paddy's Day Cupcakes

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 24
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Sure to delight the little leprechauns in your life, these charming cupcakes are easy for even busy moms and dads to make.
By Heather Baird
Updated Sep 5, 2020
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  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Yellow Cake Mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 1/2 cups marshmallows from Lucky Charms™ cereal
  • Rainbow candy sprinkles, if desired
  • 1 tub (12 oz) Betty Crocker™ Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
  • Green food color


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2
    Make cake batter as directed on box. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, about two-thirds full. Bake about 20 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when touched in center. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Using serrated knife, cut a divot out of center of each cupcake, about 1 inch deep; reserve cutout cake pieces. Fill each cupcake with 1 tablespoon Lucky Charms™ marshmallows (about 10 pieces). Sprinkle in a few rainbow candy sprinkles. Trim reserved cake pieces flat, and cover holes in filled cupcakes.
  • 4
    Spoon frosting into medium bowl; stir in enough food color for desired green color. Transfer frosting to decorating bag fitted with large star tip, and pipe on tops of cupcakes. Or, frost cupcakes with an offset spatula. Garnish with rainbow candy sprinkles.
  • 5
    Store cupcakes at room temperature loosely covered with plastic wrap.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Fill and frost cupcakes just before serving if you want a crunchy marshmallow surprise. Or, fill them at least 2 hours ahead of time for a soft marshmallow center.
  • tip 2
    Gold foil or rainbow cupcake liners make festive St. Patrick's Day cupcakes.


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