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Lucky Charms Cupcakes


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A lot of people don’t want to share their lucky charms. Especially with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner. These Lucky Charms Cupcakes are really no different. They are so delicious you probably won’t want to share.

vanilla cupcakes with multi-colored frosting topped with lucky charms marshmallows next to green shamrock beads on a tan linen with stacked vanilla cupcakes in the background

These cupcakes are perfect for any occasion but naturally are a fantastic treat to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. They can be made for class parties, family get togethers or even for a fun birthday party.

They are great for any reason, any season and any occasion. Heck, they can even be considered breakfast, right?

This recipe is generally easy to make and can be finished in what seems like no time. It is also pretty versatile as you can choose to use a boxed cake mix, like we have, or opt to use your favorite homemade cupcake recipe, the choice is totally yours.

vanilla cupcakes with multi-colored frosting topped with lucky charms marshmallows next to green shamrock beads on a tan linen with stacked vanilla cupcakes in the background

One of the best parts of this recipe is that it is easy to make and can be done in what seems like an instant. Which is perfect for when you are having last minute company. Everyone that

Fun and exciting to eat!

Now is a good a time as any to get started making these Lucky Charms Cupcakes.

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They’re only slightly more effort than these Easy Shamrock Cupcakes, due to the rainbow-colored frosting. So, if you want to simplify the recipe even further, just pick your favorite color and don’t bother mixing up four different colors.

What You Need to Make These Lucky Charms Cupcakes

While these cupcakes are generally simple to create, you will want to ensure that you pay attention to the directions. Especially when it comes to cooling the cupcakes and the decorating process.

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix – You want to ensure that you also have the ingredients to make the cake mix from the box as well.
  • 4 sticks of unsalted butter – Make sure to soften the butter before you get started.
  • 8 cups of powdered sugar – Sift the sugar to ensure that it isn’t clumpy.
  • 4-6 tablespoons of milk – 2% milk works just fine; you don’t need to get too fancy.
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Blue gel food coloring
  • Yellow gel food coloring
  • Red gel food coloring
  • 1 cup of lucky charms cereal
stick of butter and green, blue, yellow red gel food coloring on a white plate, vanilla cake mix in a metal bowl, lucky charms in a white bowl, powdered sugar in a measuring cup, all on a tan linen on a white table

How to Make Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Step 1

Prepare your boxed cake mix to make cupcakes as per the directions listed on the box.

stick of butter and red gel food coloring on a white plate, vanilla cake mix batter in muffin liners in a muffin tinl, lucky charms in a white bowl, powdered sugar in a measuring cup, all on a tan linen on a white table

Allow your cupcakes to cool completely before you begin decorating them. This will make sure the decorations don’t melt off.

Step 2

Add your softened butter, powdered sugar and four tablespoons of milk into a large bowl.

softened butter, powdered sugar and four tablespoons of milk in a large bowl, next to yellow, green, red and blue food coloring on a white table

Use your electric mixer to beat together all the ingredients well. Start on low and increase the speed to high as you mix. If the frosting is too thick add a little more milk.

Step 3

Beat your ingredients are smooth but also have semi-stiff peaks beginning to form.

Step 4

Divide up your buttercream into 4 different bowls. Add one of each color of your gel food coloring to each bowl.

If you want to achieve a rich color add about 4 to 6 small drops of each color to the bowl. This will be a bit less than half of a teaspoon of food color.

Step 5

Mix each bowl of your buttercream until your color is vibrant and well mixed.

white bowls of lucky charms, frosting colored yellow, blue, green and red on a tan linen on a white table

Step 6

 Attach Wilton icing tip #21 to a piping bag and scoop your buttercream inside. Alternate colors as you scoop.

four white bowls with frosting colored yellow, blue, green and red, a pastry bag filled with all of the different colored icing, a vanilla cupcake on a wire rack, all on a tan linen on a white table

Step 7

 Frost each cupcake with the colored icing.

lucky charms in a white bowl, plain vanilla cupcakes and some decorated with multi-colored frosting on a tan linen on a white table

Step 8

Decorate each cupcake with the Lucky Charms, using primarily the marshmallow shapes.

lucky charms in a white bowl, plain vanilla cupcakes and some decorated with multi-colored frosting on a wire rack,  on a tan linen on a white table

Step 9

Serve and enjoy!

vanilla cupcakes with multi-colored frosting topped with lucky charms marshmallows next to green shamrock beads on a tan linen with stacked vanilla cupcakes in the background

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24
Calories 375 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Prepare cupcakes according to box’s directions. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.
  • Add butter, powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons milk to a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat together all ingredients, starting on low and gradually increasing to high. Add more milk if frosting is too thick.
  • Beat ingredients until smooth, creating semi-stiff peaks.
  • Divide buttercream into 4 separate bowls. Add one color of gel food coloring to each bowl. To achieve a rich color, add about 4-6 small drops (a bit less than 1/2 a teaspoon).
  • Mix each bowl of buttercream until completely tinted.
  • Attach Wilton icing tip #21 to a piping bag. Scoop colored buttercream into piping bag, alternating colors.
  • Frost each cupcake.
  • Decorate each cupcake with cereal (making sure to use plenty of the marshmallow shapes).

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 162mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 519IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
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