Alex & Arwen’s Leprechaun Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day E-ZineHave some fun on St. Patrick’s Day this Friday with these easy-to-make, fun-to-decorate and delicious-to-eat leprechaun buns! Why not give them a go and sign up for your very own Great Irish Bake event on 7th April!





(Makes 15 – 18)

Cupcake Mix

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 200g butter – room temperature
  • 200 caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Buttercream Icing

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Splash of milk (if needed)
  • Green and orange food colouring


  • Chocolate chips
  • Green and orange cupcake cases
  • Light pink roll-out icing



  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix
  • Sieve flour and baking powder into a bowl and gradually add to wet ingredients
  • Add milk if your batter is too thick
  • Put cupcake cases in a bun tray and fill each case 1/3 full with the batter
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees fan for 20 min or until a skewer comes out clean
  • Allow cakes to cool completely on a wire rack
  • Buttercream Icing
  • Beat the butter until soft and fluffy and add the icing sugar and vanilla extract

To complete:

  • Roll out the light pink icing and cut into circles to top each bun
  • Roll a little ball for your leprechaun’s nose and attach in the middle of the bun with a dab of water on the bottom
  • Push in two chocolate chips above for his eyes
  • Sparingly add green colouring to half your butter icing and pipe a green rectangle with a wider brim for your leprechaun’s hat to the top third of each cupcake
  • Add orange food colouring to the other half your butter icing and pipe your leprechaun’s hair and beard in a ring around the edge of the cupcakes up as far as his hat brim on both sides
  • Finish with a thin line of orange icing above each chocolate chip for bushy eyebrows!