a lucky charm cupcake suprise using an easy vanilla cupcake recipe

Lucky Charm Cupcake Surprise

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!

Ingredients – Cake

  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Green gel food colouring

Ingredients – Buttercream and Decoration

  • 150g butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • Colourful sprinkles
  • Golden crunch sprinkles


Step 1

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

Cream the butter and sugar.


Step 2

Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract.


Step 3

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


Step 4

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


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.


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.


Step 7

Fill each hole with golden crunch sprinkles.


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.


Step 9

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


Step 10

Add the milk and whisk thoroughly.


Step 11

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


Step 12

Pipe a classic swirl onto each cupcake.


Step 13

Add colourful sprinkles to the top of each cupcake.



Your cupcakes are now ready to enjoy!