It’s coming! Any child knows what I’m talking about — that other holiday kids look forward to in springtime. Take a trip to any local dime store (because apparently in my fabled world there are still stores where one can purchase something for only 10 cents) and you will see entire displays of glittery, joyful items — all of which are absolutely necessary to celebrate this one special day.
Of course, I’m talking about St. Patrick’s Day.
We all know the tale of how this day became to be of such grand importance in America, so important that — like all our major holidays — we purchase specially-crafted plastic items made and shipped from a factory in China.
But in case you’re unaware of the tale, let me share the true meaning of St. Patrick’s Day: it’s about beer. Green beer, specifically. And leprechauns. See, apparently way back in ancient times in Ireland (like the early 1960s or something) there were a bunch of snakes; and after St. Patrick chased them out of Ireland (hence the name of the day), the snakes were all pretty bummed out, being homeless and all. So, the snakes decided to head to America. It was down by the docks that the snakes realized they had no money whatsoever for boat fare and thus could never get to the land of opportunity … whereupon they all set about weeping.
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This is what brought out the leprechauns. See, when snakes cry, they emit a greenish, intoxicating fluid from their eyes, a delicacy which no leprechaun can resist. Long story short, being the good, honest people that they are, the leprechauns paid fake-gold coins for the snakes’ green tears — gold which was then used for the snakes’ plane fare (which is another whole scary story) and that is how snakes were introduced to America and why we drink green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. FACT.
This year, instead of getting embarrassingly intoxicated, commemorate St. Patrick’s Day by making these adorable rainbow cupcakes. Giving credit where it’s due, I first saw a version of these treats done by my pal, Tanya Osegueda, a few years back. Since then, I’ve seen various iterations on Pinterest, BUT I’ve enhanced the cakes with a pot of gold base — to honor where the leprechauns hide their gold, of course. Feel free to enjoy these and remember who we honor most this St. Patrick’s Day: the snakes.
What you’ll need:
• 1 boxed cake mix
• 1can frosting
• blue food coloring
• rainbow sour ribbon candies, cut into 4-inch pieces
• miniature marshmallows
• 10 chocolate coin candies
• 8 ounce mason jar
• green ribbon
Bake the cupcakes following the box instructions. While those are cooling, in a small bowl, tint the frosting blue by adding several drops of blue food coloring and mixing until blended. When the cupcakes have cooled completely, frost the tops.
Using a 4-inch piece of ribbon candy, create an arch over the top of the cupcake, poking the ends of the arch into the cake to hold it in place. Place several miniature marshmallows around the base of each side of the arch (or, if you prefer, use white frosting) to create clouds.
Finally, fill a mason jar with gold chocolate coins, and place the cupcake on top. Adorn with green ribbon (so that the cupcake doesn’t get pinched).