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Bake some Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise for St Patrick's Day
With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to create a fun and playful cupcake recipe that was simple to follow and a perfect addition to the celebrations. The recipe creates a fluffy vanilla cupcake with a vanilla buttercream topping, sprinkles and a hidden golden surprise!

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  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees (fan).

    Cream the butter and sugar.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 2
    Step 2

    Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sift the flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using a small amount of green gel food colouring, mix thoroughly into the cake mixture.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 5
    Step 5

    Fill 12 cupcake cases to 3/4 full of the green cake mixture.

    Bake for 14 to 17 minutes then allow to cool.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut a small shallow hole from the top of each cupcake. You can also cut of any excess on the top if they are slightly uneven.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fill each hole with golden crunch sprinkles.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 8
    Step 8

    To make the buttercream, whisk all the butter for at least 5 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and whisk for a further minute.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 9
    Step 9

    Slowly add the icing sugar through a sift and whisk after each addition.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 10
    Step 10

    Add the milk and whisk thoroughly.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 11
    Step 11

    Put an open star piping nozzle into a piping bag (I used Wilton 1M) and fill with buttercream

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 12
    Step 12

    Pipe a classic swirl onto each cupcake.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 13
    Step 13

    Add colourful sprinkles to the top of each cupcake.

  • How to bake a cupcake. Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise - Step 14
    Step 14

    Finished!

    Your cupcakes are now ready to enjoy!

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