For our second installment of St. Patrick’s Day cupcake deliciousness, we’re showing you how to make your very own fruit-covered cupcake rainbow, complete with a chocolatey pot of gold at the end!


– 36 mini cupcakes

– White Frosting

– Strawberries

– Cantaloupe (or Oranges)

– Pineapple

– Kiwi (or Honeydew)

– Blueberries

– Purple grapes

– Mini marshmallows

– Gold wrapped candy

– Large serving plate

For the cupcakes, we used the same batter as we made for the Boozy Irish Cupcakes, but without the Bailey’s pudding in the middle. For white frosting, we had a little leftover Whiskey Buttercream frosting, so we used that. For both recipes, click here.

Now, it’s time to turn your colorful fruit into the colors of the rainbow. Chop the strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, and kiwi into small chunks. Cut the grapes in half and leave the blueberries whole.

To assemble the cupcakes, start with the strawberries. Put chunks of strawberries on half of the cupcake and cantaloupe on the other half. Repeat 6 times, with 7 cupcakes in total of the strawberry/cantaloupe cupcakes. Repeat this process for the pineapple/kiwi cupcakes. Repeat again for the blueberry/grape cupcakes but you only need 6 of these in total. Feel free to make more cupcakes if you want a larger rainbow. For the cloud cupcakes, press about 5-6 mini marshmallows on top of the cupcake.

Assemble the fruit cupcakes in a rainbow shape on a large serving platter. Arrange the marshmallow cupcakes on the end of your rainbow. As the legend goes, get help from fairies to spread your gold candies below the cloud and make your pot of gold.

And now, you officially have your very own rainbow with a pot of gold at the end! These are a great activity with kids (without using the Guinness or Whiskey, of course).

For a healthier alternative, we recommend substituting eggs and oil with plain yogurt, using water instead of beer, and a little vanilla yogurt for frosting (though you’ll have to keep them refrigerated until serving). And stay tuned for a whole bunch of healthy cupcake recipes in an upcoming episode!

Which of our festive Irish cupcake recipes is your favorite? Tapping into your pub persona with the Boozy Irish Cupcakes or today’s Fruity Rainbow? Leave us a note in the comments below or say hi on Twitter.

Caitlin Dunn has been craving sweets since the day she was born. She quickly learned to bake but realized that her true passion is all in the decoration. If not in the kitchen, you will find her crafting her latest project of the week. Living in San Francisco has turned her a little ‘green’ which has changed her creative focus to making one person’s trash another person’s treasure. She documents the intersection of baking, crafts, tea, and everyday life on her blog teaspoon.