Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes

YES … THEY REALLY ARE CUPCAKES!!!  They are incognito … hidden inside mini ice cream cones and turned upside-down … let me show you!

This is what you will need …

  • Cake mix
  • Buttermilk
  • Canola oil
  • Eggs
  • Mini ice cream cones (I found at Walmart)
  • Chocolate Wafers (Nabisco/Famous)
  • American Gold Disco Dust  & Yellow Candy Melts (chocolate) OR yellow candies
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Green Candy Melts (chocolate)
  • Green Sugar (oops, not in photo)

For the first time, I tried using a cake mix recipe as suggested by Hoosier Homemade and the book “cupcakes, cookies & pie, oh, my!”.  I was very happy with the results.

The cake mix recipe:

  • 1 box (18.25 ounces) cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk (in place of the water called for on the box)
  • 4 large eggs (in place of the number called for on the box)
  • Canola (vegetable) oil (the amount called for on the box)
  • Follow the directions on the box using the substituted ingredients

Place the mini ice cream cones in a mini muffin pan and fill about 2/3 (about 2 tablespoons) with cake batter and tap the cone to ensure that batter is in the bottom.  Bake for 15-20 minutes …

One recipe gave me 18 standard cupcakes and 18 mini ice cream cone cupcakes!

I had a little bit of a problem with overflow in the cones, but I just trimmed them up.

While the cupcakes are cooling you can make the buckles for the hats.  Use melted yellow chocolate to draw squares on wax paper and sprinkle with Gold Disco Dust.  You could skip this step and use yellow candies (such as M&Ms) …

You can also make the hat brims.  Use a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Trim the chocolate cookies if necessary …

Using melted green chocolate in a squeeze bottle, draw a ring around the outer edge of the cookie and sprinkle with green sugar …


After the chocolate hardens up, tap off the excess sugar … and save the extra sugar …

Now that the cupcakes are cooled … dip the bottom (flat part) 2/3 of the cone in green chocolate, tap off all excess chocolate …

Sprinkle with green sugar and stand aside to let the chocolate harden up …

Now dip the top (rounded) side of the cupcake in the melted dark chocolate …

Place the cone on the hat brim …

Add the buckles to the hats using a dot of melted chocolate …

Well … 6 cupcakes done and 12 to go!  Yes, they are a little lumpy and bumpy … just like the stuff they are made with 😉

Look what I made with one of the regular cupcakes …

One year ago today this blog was born … so this is Sweet Simple Stuff’s birthday … or anniversary … oh, I don’t know what to call it.  All I know is that I have been doing this for one wonderful year.  When I started, I didn’t really know what to expect … or how to do it … or where it would take me.  I still don’t know much … but I do know that I appreciate each and every one of you … and I am having fun!  Thank you for everything 🙂

I ♥ comments …

I'm Lovin' It at TidyMom Skip To My Lou

  • KitchenFun


38 thoughts on “Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY! and a big thank you for sharing such lovely ideas with us. Dont stop!


  2. HI there – you are one of the most talented people I know! Please keep sending all of these darling ideas and recipes!!! LOVE THEM!!!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


  3. Thanks for sharing!!! You are so creative!!! I never thought to turn the ice cream cone cupcake upside down!!! Walmart sells mini cones(they are hard to find, I had to go to 3 stores to find them) that are the perfect size and shape(about 3″ tall) for lots of cute things!!!

    I saw a blog last summer that used these tiny cones for rice krispie treats for a bake sale. The cone was weighted down with candy(M&M’s) and the ice cream was made from a scoop of rice krispie treat mixture. The “ice cream” was “glued” on the cone with melted chocolate, dipped in chocolate and covered with colored sprinkles. They were really cute!!


  4. Those would be really cute for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!!! The Cat in the Hat!
    Also, peep ears coming out of the top of the hat would look like a rabbit being pulled out of the hat! So many ideas to try-

    Thanks so much!!!


  5. Thank you, have enjoyed this link so much! Thanks for sharing with us. You are so creative! Happy St. Patrick Day and Happy one year Anniversay!!!


  6. Pingback: Ice Cream Cone Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes « The Cupcake Blog

  7. Pingback: The Weekly Round-up Top 5 | It's a Blog Party

  8. Pingback: St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration « Lilies, Lattes & Lace

  9. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:


    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!


  10. Thank you for the detailed recipe with photos. Great instruction! I so appreciate everything you’ve shared! I am excited to make these adorable hats! So creative!


  11. Pingback: 51 Tutorials for St. Patrick's Day Sweets

  12. Pingback: St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes & Cakes - Moms & Munchkins

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s