Hidden Clover Cupcakes

These chocolate cupcakes are hiding a festive surprise. Green clovers are tucked inside to create an adorable St. Patrick's Day dessert recipe that wows!

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Hidden Clover Cupcakes

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Bake: 35 mins to 40 mins 350°F

Hidden Clover Cupcakes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare white cake mix according to package directions. Tint prepared white cake batter with green gel food coloring until desired color. Line a 15x10x1-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly coat paper with cooking spray. Spread green cake batter evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Use a 1- to 1 1/2-inch clover-shape cookie cutter to cut 24 clovers from the cake.
  2. Prepare chocolate cake mix according to package directions. Line twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. Place 1 tablespoon batter in each cup. Carefully stand a clover in each cup. (Face them all the same direction in the pan so you can remember which way they face after they're baked). Top with 1 to 2 more tablespoons of batter, covering the clover completely. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. In a piping bag fitted with desired tip, alternate filling the bag with white and green frosting to create a marbled effect.
  4. Frost and decorate cupcakes as desired.
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10 Ratings
248 Days Ago
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A very cute idea!! Plan to use it for other holiday symbols as well! BUT!!!! Since this is for St. Patrick's Day (& being very proud of my Irish heritage) they should correctly be named "Hidden Shamrock Cupcakes"!

"While all shamrocks are clover, not all clovers are shamrocks."

The Folklore...

"While botanists are not entirely sure which plants are shamrocks and which are clovers, many Irish are. Irish legend claims that St. Patrick used small clover with three leaves called shamrocks to illustrate Christianity¿s holy trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Four-leaf clovers are the result of rare genetic mutations that occur in three-leaved clovers. While clovers with four leaves are considered lucky, they are not considered to be shamrocks by those familiar with and passionate about Irish tradition." http://homeguides.sfgate.com/botany-difference-between-clover-shamrock-plants-81823.html :-)

Irish blessings for posting this recipe! :-)

P.S. I would also suggest adding mint flavoring to at least the icing, if not both it, & the shamrock inserts.

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