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 such an easy and fun way to dress up a cupcake, I love it! I featured this cute recipe in my blog post today “20 Amazing Desserts for St. Patrick’s Day!”
    Here is the link:

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


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