St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’Gold Cupcakes

My St. Patrick’s Day, Pot O’Gold Cupcakes hack is a fun idea for St. Patrick’s Day with no major baking skill required!

My St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’Gold Cupcakes hack is so simple to make. It is  prefect little treat to send with the kiddos to school or just to celebrate at home with a pint.

History of St. Patricks Day, it is always on March 17  and celebrates Saint Patrick known as a  “Apostle of Ireland”. Patrick was known for his efforts against the druids to drive them out of Ireland, to return it to Pagan Irish, which were were eventually turned into folklore in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region. Tradition holds that he died on 17 March, which is now celebrated by green attire or shamrocks.

My husband’s ancestry links him back to Gaynortown Ireland, so he is a direct descendent of these lines which is pretty cool to research. I think we will probably do the DNA swap test to get the full panel which will be a lot of fun to see.  

The recipe starts off with just a basic store bought yellow butter cake mix. You will baked according to box directions. Once you have baked the cupcake approximately half way hack  is adding a few caramel Rolo’s to the center of the cupcakes and continue the baking. This will create a surprise gooey chocolate caramel center or a hidden pot of gold. You can also add plain caramel square as well, there are no rules, I just like the hint of chocolate.

Allow them to to cool and top the cupcakes with a store bought pre-made caramel icing. My tip is to purchase 2 containers of icing, per 1 cake mix. This provides enough icing to actually work with, and everyone loves the icing. Finally you can add festive green sprinkles, or go all out with some rainbow fruit strips and gold coins. You can make the tops a decorative of simple as you like. 

St. Patrick's Day Pot O'Gold Cupcake

Here is a super fun twist for an easy St. Patrick’s Day cupcake. This is a  recipe that anyone can do. No major baking skill required!

Course Cupcakes, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Golden Butter Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 24 Rolo's
  • 24 Cupcake Liners
  • 1 Jar Sprinkles-Green
  • 2 Caramel Icing


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees

  2. Linen Cupcake Pan with Liners

  3. Combine cake mix, eggs and milk. Beat for 2 mins

  4. Scoop mix into liners with a 2.25 oz Ice Cream Scoop, 1 scoop per liner. It should fill 3/4 of the liner.

  5. Bake for 10 mins at 350 degrees. Remove and press Rolo candy into the center.

  6. Continue baking for another 10-13 mins.

  7. Remove from oven and cool for 1 hour.

  8. Ice cupcakes and top with sprinkles.

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  1. Jan Limark

    These pot o gold cupcakes are amazing. I wish that you share to us the exact steps you did to create this delicious stuff.

  2. Mack

    This is amazing! I love your cupcakes!

  3. Yeah if i had actually made them from scratch I would have listed out more details. It’s really more of a cupcake hack, use a yellow butter box mix and add a rolo to the center halfway through baking. Not a lot to it, next time I will add a recipe for sure. Check out the Jack Daniels Vanilla Bean cupcake Recipe at

  4. My brother suggested I may like this web site. He was entirely right. This post truly made my day. You can not believe just how so much time I had spent looking for this. Thanks!

  5. Lenna

    Please teach the rest of these internet blogger how to write and research!

  6. How could I possibly miss this post, on a holiday just for me. Luck of the Irish back at your babe!!!

  7. Katy B

    Such a fun idea!!

  8. converse girl

    Carmel inside a cupcake, for a pot of gold, thanks for that info.

  9. Addison Wheeler

    I am pinning for next March! Thank you for the inspo!

  10. Patty Holloway

    After I initially found you I started to search your site and I am glad I did I got a link to here and I love St. Patty’s I will pin for next year. Thanks!

  11. Aubrey Andrews

    I feel some what privileged to have seen the web page and look forward to tons of more awesome minutes reading here. Thanks once again for all the Irish cupcake details.

  12. Cathy Clausan

    I love all things green and Irish, so this is a fun recipe. I consider you’re quite fashionable since you positively have the gift.

  13. Little Farmgirl

    Seems like a good idea, I mean who doesn’t like a gooey center to their cupcake, and caramel fits a pot of gold.

  14. golden goose

    Can I just say you have a great blog filled with pages of inspirational ides.

  15. Jewel Carter

    Thanks for each of your hard work on this web site. Time to get the next crop of holiday ideas pinned up, these cute pot of gold cupcake sound delicious.

  16. gigi58

    Great post of a pot of gold in those cupcakes and I like that you are just using a box mix, so that makes things easy. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as well

  17. Ashley Turner

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  18. April Helmsworth

    I love a easy recipe with great results. Pot of gold is brillant.

  19. the cheap jordan’s

    A lot of thanks for such a easy way to doctor up cupcake for St. Patty’s Day. I love a easy recipe like this.

  20. Georgia Gal

    This is such an easy way to make a themed holiday dessert. Perfect for this single parent mom.

  21. The Wooly Farmhouse

    I love a good recipe hack and this one is great. I love put a roll in the middle for a pot of gold, genius.

  22. Terry Haide

    What a great idea, did you just add the Rolo prior to baking or half way though?

  23. Addie Mae Says

    I love this idea and while it so simple I think just getting the idea out there is great. Sometimes it is the simplest ideas that make the biggest impact.

  24. I added mine prior to baking but your could probably do either. Just depend on if you want it to be chewy baked caramel or just slightly gooey.

  25. Shelton the Pig

    I like this idea for year round cupcakes, but I see where you could make them for St. Patricks Day too.

  26. Shelton the Pig

    I know it is a little late to be commenting on St. Patty’s Day but these sound great, for anytime of year!

  27. Gracie Malcolm

    Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

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