St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Filled Cupcakes Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Filled Cupcakes

If you’re looking for easy, gluten free St Patrick's Day cupcake recipes with a twist, you’ll love these St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Filled Cupcakes. They come with a surprise inside!

If you’re the parent of a gluten free child, finding gluten free St Patrick's Day desserts recipes can be frustrating.

Most St Patrick’s Day parties are all about gluten filled green cookies and cupcakes. (And for the grownups, gluten laden beer and shepherd’s pie!)

It’s no fun to feel left out! That’s why I’ve created this  gluten free St Patrick's Day dessert recipe that’s not only fun to eat, but fun to make, too.

Overhead shot of cupcakes with green frosting with yellow cupcake paper cups on white cake stands.

Why gluten free filled cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day?

We all know the story about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, right? In Irish folklore, fairies put a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow with leprechauns guarding it.

That’s why you see so many rainbows and leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day.

I took inspiration from the pot of gold story, and came up with easy to make green gold filled cupcake for St. Patrick's Day.

So how can you make cupcakes “gold filled” but keep them somewhat healthy (or a bit guilt free), too?

By using my Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling recipe that’s low in sugar!

Note: You’ll only need half the filling recipe for these gluten free cupcakes.

Or you can make a full recipe and use the leftovers on breakfast oatmeal or yogurt – delish!)

Cupcakes with green frosting on green and yellow plates.

To make these St. Patrick's Day cupcakes even easier, I used Pillsbury Funfetti Gluten Free Premium Cake & Cupcake Mix and Pillsbury Funfetti Vibrant Green Vanilla Frosting.

(The frosting is marked gluten free on the can.)

For more information about Pillsbury’s gluten free products, go to their website.

Tips on how to fill the St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Filled Cupcakes

You don’t need a magic leprechaun to help you fill these St. Patrick's cupcakes with apple pie filling.

Instead, use this easy to do trick:

First, you bake the St. Patrick's Day cupcakes. After they cool, you fill them!

Making filled cupcakes.

Taking a small cookie cutter, core out the center of the cupcake. (I used the end of a large pastry frosting tip.) Remove the core from what you used to cut it, and compact it a bit. This will serve as the lid after you fill the center of the cupcake.

Making filled cupcakes.Press down the inside of the cupcake give you enough room to fill it with 1 tablespoon of apple pie filling.

Making filled cupcakes.

After filling, place the lid over the hole. Done!

You now have a filled St. Patrick cupcake ready for frosting.

No one will know it’s filled with yummy apple pie filling (the pot of gold!) until they bite into it.

Three filled cupcakes with green icing.

Frosting Tip: I find that Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting is a bit thin for piping compared to the frosting I make from scratch using powdered sugar and shortening.

If you’re used to a stiffer frosting for piping, place the can in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. This will help make it feel a bit thicker.

More ideas for filled holiday cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only holiday day you can use this gluten free pot of gold apple pie filled cupcake.

Use this same filled cupcake technique on:

Easter: Pillsbury Pillsbury Funfetti Gluten Free Premium Cake & Cupcake Mix and Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting in pink, light blue, yellow, and other fun pastel colors.

(I believe that all the Funfetti frostings are gluten free. However, please double check the label!)

Fourth of July/Memorial Day:  Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix and Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting in red, white, and blue

Fall and Halloween: Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake Mix and Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting in orange, red and yellow

Christmas:  Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix and Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting in red and green

Hanukkah: Pillsbury Funfetti Gluten Free Premium Cake & Cupcake Mix and Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting in blue

Valentine’s Day: Pillsbury Funfetti Gluten Free Premium Cake & Cupcake Mix and Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting in red

To celebrate sports championships games: Pillsbury Funfetti Gluten Free Premium Cake & Cupcake Mix and Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting in your team’s or country’s colors

You can also use this filled cupcake technique will your favorite muffin recipe!

St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Filled Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Filled Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box Pillsbury Funfetti Gluten Free Premium Cake & Cupcake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling recipe
  • 1 container Pillsbury Funfetti Vibrant Green Vanilla Frosting

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper baking cup liners to make 24 regular-size cupcakes.
  2. Make cupcake batter as directed on the box. Fill each muffin cup half full with 3 tablespoons batter.
  3. Bake 19-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pans 10 minutes. Then transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Taking a small round cookie or canape cutter, core out the center of the cupcake. Remove the core from the cutter, and compact it a bit. This will serve as the lid after you fill the center of the cupcake.
  5. Press down the inside of the cupcake give you enough room to spoon in 1 tablespoon of apple pie filling. After filling, place the lid over the hole.
  6. Transfer the frosting to frosting piping bag fitted with large star tip. Pipe the frosting in a circular pattern on tops of cupcakes. Or you can frost cupcakes with an offset spatula instead.
  7. Store cupcakes at room temperature or in the refrigerator before serving.
Prep Time: 1 Hour
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Servings: Makes 24 cupcakes
  • Serving size: 1 cupcake

Originally posted on March 3, 2016 and March 8, 2017. Updated with new information.

St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Filled Cupcakes Recipe

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