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March 11, 2014

Rainbow Cupcakes Topped with a Pot of Gold at the End of a Candy Rainbow

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My girls love St. Patrick's Day because they love rainbows, so there's no way I could pass up on making these rainbow cupcakes topped with a pot of gold at the end of a candy rainbow.

It's a rainbow on top of the cupcake plus the cupcake itself is rainbow-colored. I don't know how much more rainbow I could have packed into this little treat.

Pot of Gold and Rainbow Cupcakes | The Crafting Foodie

The pot of gold and the gold coins are made out of candy clay, which is just like modeling chocolate, but it's made out of Candy Melts rather than chocolate. It was my first time making and using candy clay, and I learned a lot from my first experience. Basically, I wish I'd seen this post before making it. Regardless of my cluelessness, I think it still turned out okay for a fist time. I'll definitely use it again for decorations, and hopefully it'll be a little closer to perfect next time!

Pot of Gold Rainbow Cupcakes | The Crafting Foodie

These cupcakes are an excellent project to do with a little one interested in baking or helping in the kitchen. I made the cupcake batter and divided it into 6 equal parts. My five year-old daughter colored each bowl of batter with each of the colors of the rainbow. Then she took a tablespoon of each color and placed it in each cupcake liner.

Rainbow and Pot of Gold Cupcakes | The Crafting Foodie

For the decorating, she helped tint the vanilla frosting light blue. She also helped roll out the dozens of gold coins out of yellow candy clay. She ended up doing quite a bit of addition, skip counting, and subtraction to determine the exact number of coins we needed to make. (It turned out that we needed 72 gold coins). She thinks the cupcakes ended up looking pretty fantastic, and I'd have to agree!

Rainbow Pot of Gold Cupcakes | The Crafting Foodie

Rainbow Cupcakes Topped with a Pot of Gold at the End of a Candy Rainbow


For the Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcake batter - I used this recipe or you could use a boxed vanilla mix

Food color in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple (I used AmeriColor gel food color)

Vanilla frosting - I used this recipe, or you could used a store-bought vanilla frosting

Airheads Xtremes Rainbow Berry Candy


Instructions for the cupcakes

Prepare the cupcake batter according to your recipe.

Divide the cupcake batter equally into six different bowls. To ensure each bowl had an equal amount of batter, I weighed the batter and divided it equally between the bowls. Dye each bowl one color of the rainbow.

Using a tablespoon, place one tablespoon of each color into each cupcake liner. Fill the liners 2/3 full and bake according to your recipes instructions. Cool the cupcakes completely before decorating.


Ingredients for the Candy Clay

1 12 oz. package of Candy Melts in black and in yellow

1/4 cup light corn syrup


Candy Clay Instructions

Melt the Candy Melts according to the package directions. Once the Candy Melts are completely melted, slowly and carefully fold the corn syrup into the Candy Melts. Make sure not to mix too quickly or the oil will separate from the candy, making it extremely oily. Mix thoroughly until the syrup is completely incorporated.

Place the mixture on a piece of parchment, and allow it to cool for 3 to 4 hours at room temperature. Once firm, place in a zip-top plastic bag, and store until ready to use.


Cupcake Decorating Instructions

Knead the black candy clay until it's smooth and pliable. Form into a walnut-sized ball. Flatten the tops of each ball. Set aside to harden. 

Knead the yellow candy clay until smooth and pliable. Form tiny balls and flatten to a disk. These will form the gold coins. Make as many as you think necessary, and set aside to harden.

Tint some of the vanilla frosting light blue. Spread frosting on the top of each cupcake.

To assemble the pots of gold, cut a strip of the Airheads Xtremes Rainbow Berry in half. Spread a bit of vanilla frosting on top of the black pot. Place a piece of the rainbow candy in the frosting on top of the black pot. Place gold coins around the rainbow candy using some vanilla frosting as glue.

Place the pot of gold (with the rainbow candy now attached) on the frosted cupcake. Place the unattached end of the rainbow candy on to the cupcake, creating an arched rainbow.

Place a bit of vanilla frosting in a plastic bag. Snip the end off of the bag, and pipe clouds around the rainbow candy.

Yields 12 cupcakes


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oh goodness! now THIS is what i call a st. patty's day cupcake!it's got everything you need for an awesome rainbow holiday :) and I'm impressed by your 5-yr-old's baking and math skills!

These are about a cute as can be and so much fun to make. The picture of your little girl is darling.... hope you and your family have a great time on St. Patrick's Day - thanks for sharing these on your #simplybebetsy gallery.

Sharon and Denise

Thanks so much Lisa! My daughter loves math, so she's always excited to help me out in any way. She's really the best!
Thanks for stopping by The Crafting Foodie.

Thanks so much BeBetsy! It's my pleasure to share my work on your awesome site.

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