Thursday, March 17, 2016

Pot 'o Gold Cupcakes {St. Patty's Day}

 Happy St. Patricks Day everyone! I had to get up super early this morning and make sure that I posted these cupcakes for you guys today! Why? Because hello they were just too cute not to! These cupcakes have Rolo candies in the center, so when they are double pot-o-gold treats! One on top, one in the middle, sounds like a win-win to me, don't you think?

Here's the thing I love about St. Patricks Day, although I am not Irish by blood I feel as though I have learned some valuable traits from this wonderful Irish family bestowed in me. This family is the DeVere White family of Sacramento, California! They have a wonderful Irish put in Sacramento and Davis. I had the pleasure to be a part of this pub family for some time during college. Although they helped me pay my bills and fed right into my Irish coffee addiction, what they taught me was this idea that family is so important. The DeVere White family is a huge one, but they were always willing to add more and bring people into this great big family. I've never had supervisors/bosses who listen, are professional, treat their employees with the utmost respect, and are always willing to share their knowledge and culture with others. Thank you DeVere White Family for everything you've taught me-- and anyone in the Sacramento area... you have to go and check this pub out especially TODAY!: 
Ever since I became a part of their family (and even when I moved away) I still have an attachment to Ireland, the Irish culture, and of course... Irish coffees! Wish I was there to celebrate with my pub family, but in spirit I bring you these cupcakes and hopefully they bestow some luck onto you today!
24 Rolo candies, unwrapped, frozen
1 1/2 c. AP flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
1/4 tsp. Sea salt
3 lg. Egg whites
2/3 c. coconut sugar, white
1 1/2 stick Butter, unsalted, melted
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 c. Almond milk
6 drops Green Frosting

3 c. Powdered sugar
1/3 c. Butter, unsalted, soft
2 tbs. Almond milk
4 drops Green Frosting

Gold coins!
Gold sprinkles

Yields ~24 cupcakes 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line one regular-size muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. Unwrap all the Rolos and freeze them for ~ 20 minutes before using. Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt). Cream together egg whites, butter, and vanilla (can use electric mixer or whisk). Slowly add dry ingredients to your creamed eggs. Add in milk and food coloring and combine well (takes only ~ 2 minutes, don't overmix or they will be very dry).  Fill liners 1/2 way and add in frozen Rolo to the center. Make sure the batter covers the top of the center candy. Bake for 18 minutes or until testing toothpick comes out clean (but be careful not to put it in the center or you'll get chocolate all over your toothpick). 

While your cupcakes are baking, whisk together powdered sugar and butter for frosting. As they are mixing together add in milk slowly until desired consistency. Add in food coloring and get it as green as you want! Mine took only 4 drops! 

Frost cooled cupcakes, place a gold coin on top and sprinkle with gold sprinkles! Share with your friends because that's what the Irish are all about-- sharing is caring! Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! 

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