Shamrock Cut-Out Cupcakes

Earlier this year I made some cute Heart Cut-Out Cupcakes.  I’ve been waiting for another opportunity to try this simple, yet fun technique and I thought St. Patrick’s Day would be perfect!  This concept could be used with any cupcake and frosting combo.  I used my favorite Chocolate Cupcake Recipe and American Buttercream Recipe.

How to make Shamrock Cut-out Cupcakes

1.  Bake a batch of cupcakes.  I used my Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.

(Note- You’ll want the cupcakes to have a bit of a dome above the top edge of the cupcakes liners, so fill the liners about 2/3 -3/4 full.  I’ve found that I can not plan to use the whole batch of cupcakes, because due slight inconsistencies, some may rise quite enough to use for this technique.  Plan accordingly.)

2.  Prepare a batch of frosting (canned will work for these).  I used my American Buttercream Recipe.  I think adding 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract would be appropriate for these as well.  Color the frosting light green.

3.  When the cupcakes have cooled, used a small serrated knife to cut off the tops of the cupcakes, using the cupcake liner as a guide.  Keep tops matched with their cupcakes.

4.  Use a small shamrock cookie cutter (available HERE and HERE) to cut out the shamrock shape from the cupcake tops.

5.  Mound a bit of green frosting onto the center of the (now topless) cupcakes.  You’ll want the frosting domed a bit so that when you press on the cupcake top, the frosting will come up into the cutout shape a bit.

6.  Place the cutout cupcake top, and press down a bit.  *If desired, before adding cupcake top, sprinkle cutout top with powdered sugar.

Serve and enjoy!

Cupcakes will keep, covered loosely at room temperature 1-2 days.

A little leprechaun told me… sharing these cupcakes with family and friends is sure to bring you good luck!


  1. This is so cute! I'm going to try this

  2. Ahh you've done it again! I just love this idea!

  3. Cute! Best St. Patrick's Day treat I've seen so far!

  4. Cute! We made Cut Out Clover Cupcakes a few weeks ago… They were fun and very easy to make. Yours look great!

  5. absolutely cute and beauty Love them!

  6. I think they are so cute, and pack a great punch for looks:)

  7. These are so pretty! Awesome job!

  8. Looks beautiful and tempting.

  9. good idea,thank's

  10. You are the Cupcake QUEEN! The shamrocks just pop!

  11. Absolutamente bello te felicito,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  12. Love them. St Patrick's Day is my favorite simple holiday. =)

  13. Super clever! Less messy too, with the little frosting "cap."

  14. unique & creative. like it!

  15. I just made a similar version of these but using a Guiness/Baileys cupcake! Yours are adorable and look absolutely delicious!

  16. I love this cut-out idea! Beautiful. 🙂

  17. OH…so lovely…after you heart cupcakes I imagine you will introduce us with something different but using same technich.

  18. I love this idea!! A friend gave me a tin of tiny, shaped cutters and I NEVER even thought of this!! Thank you!!

  19. SO smart!! And pretty. I would love to eat one!

  20. I may like these even more than the hearts. And I have grass envy for sure. It was summer here yesterday. Today is is snowing. I am not kidding. Boo.

  21. I love this so much. I would love to see a Easter version of this as well!!

  22. These are too cute! Very innovative.

    I'm going to have to find little shamrock cookie cutters so I can make this before the holiday hits.

    Btw, I have the same green cake stand as you 🙂

  23. These are completely adorable!

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  36. This looks so good, I have to try it!


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