Lucky? Yeah, I feel fortunate on so many fronts. Ten years ago, on St. Patricks Day, my son Gavin was born. He is such a special cat and has brought ‘charm’ beyond belief into our lives. Gav, aka – Gavino, loves his cereal. His current fave is Lucky Charms, so in honor of his birthday, I hid some inside these Saint Patrick’s Day treats. I’m calling them the Surprise Inside Cupcakes. Happy Birthday Gav!
These cupcakes are moist and delicious. The egg whites give them a light fluffiness and the milk brings a delicate smoothness. Start with your dry ingredients, then add butter to get crumbs, then add the wet ingredients at the end.
I meant to mix my dries together on mixer speed “1”, but accidentally flipped the switch to 5. Everything whipped straight out of the bowl. OOPS! Ah well, you’ve just got to laugh it off, clean it up, and get going again!
While you’re baking these delights, (and btw your kitchen will smell amazing!), get your basic buttercream frosting and Lucky Charm preparation going!
Once the cupcakes are cool, scoop out some of the middle and drop in the cereal and marshmallows. Then, to make sure your Surprise Inside Cupcakes are really a surprise, top ’em off with a fat swirl of frosting to hide the cereal.
Crumble your favorite marshmallows and ‘charm’ the top of your cupcake with those sweet crumbles!
I made some fun toppers! Skip this if you’re short on time as it does take awhile to create.
You will need:
- Print-out of themed banners, cut and ready to go
- Skewers cut to about 3″ in. size
- Glue and scissors
Steps for Assembly:
- Cut and tie the string to the toothpick
- Glue banners
- Place in cupcake
“Pinch me,” I say, as life is good! We have our normal woes, but Gavino keeps us smiling with his quirky ties, rapping tunes, and most of all his lovely soul.
Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography
These are just so fun (and cute). Love the little surprise in there and it’s almost impossible not to smile when looking at these! Happy birthday to your son!! He is one lucky guy to have a mom that would make him these wonderful treats!
Thanks Dawn. Agree, even as an adult, I love surprises!
Oh my goodness, this is such good inspiration! I’m thinking of doing a “special surprise inside”, but instead of Lucky Charms, trying it with Trix and rainbow sprinkles. Obviously keeping the buttercream and cupcake recipe itself the same…those are must-haves for sure!
Thanks Ryan. Oh my son Liam is a huge Trix fan. Sounds delish!
I love how you bake for your boys! It makes it so fun to read about while still providing a yummy recipe! You’re the best!
Awww, thanks. I love baking for kids too. They are enthusiastic recipients.
Love these fun cupcakes and what perfect birthday treats! Happy birthday to your son 🙂
Thanks Jennifer – My son is turning 10 and has self-proclaimed that it is the end of the single digit era. Sigh. I want him to stay young forever and of course eating all my sweets.
My girl loves Lucky Charms! And I don’t usually let her eat them, so she will be extra-sup-duper surprised by this one. So cute!
How fun are these!! Your son must have loved them! Hope he had a nice birthday!
Thanks Stephanie. My boys love lucky charms, so this one was a hit!
Thanks so much!