St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes with Sour Power Rainbows

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Even if you don’t have any fancy cake decorating bags or frosting tips… you can make these!  You can!  Just keep reading to find out how!

I honestly can’t remember how or when I came across the rainbow cupcakes that inspired me to make these, but I haven’t been able to forget about them.  And since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and there are rainbow inspired things everywhere, it seemed the perfect time for me to make them.

You may wonder why I couldn’t get these cupcakes out of my mind and the truth is, I love rainbows.  I’ve made several rainbow cakes… here and here and here and here (how to bake rainbow on the inside), and here and here and here…   I just love them (and I had more of them in my archives than I thought)!

Lots of color.  Promise from God.  One of my boys is named Noah.  They’re special!  What’s not to love about a rainbow?

Anyway.  Last summer I taught a cupcake workshop at our local 4-H Club with about 16 kids.  One of the cupcakes we made that day were “Bears on the Beach” cucpakes.  We used little cheap drink umbrellas for our beach umbrellas, Teddy Grahams, Lifesavers for the floaties, Graham Crackers for the sand… and Sour Power for the beach towels.

Here’s the only picture I had of one of those cupcakes up close… see how cute?

Just as the Sour Power candy made perfect beach towels…  I knew the Sour Power candy would also be perfect for these cupcakes…

Have you had Sour Power before?This is the Sour Power Quattro.  They are like a super sour fruit-roll up candy covered in sugar.  I buy them at Dollar General and they’re 8 for $1!

For these cupcakes, I baked red velvet cupcakes (I had some leftover batter) and piped green vanilla buttercream with the grass tip.

Then I piped on some white vanilla buttercream for the clouds.  By the way – my husband saw this above picture first (the kids had already eaten the cupcakes when he got home) and you know what he said?  “Those are cute Easter basket cupcakes.”  I wanted to smack him.

They don’t look like Easter baskets do they?  Say no please.  They’re rainbows… on clouds… over plush green fields.  With red dirt.  Whatever.  They do not look like Easter baskets.

Even if you don’t have any of the stuff I just mentioned… you can make these.  Here’s how…

Bake up your favorite cupcake flavor (any box mix will do!), and whip up some buttercream (it’s super easy!).  Color some of it green and smear it on a cupcake with a butter knife.  You don’t need a fancy tip for it to be cute!  Want sky instead of grass?  Make it blue!

Next add some white to a plastic zipper bag and cut a bottom corner off.  You can “pipe” on clouds with that!  Then cut you a 3-4″ strip of Sour Power and stick the ends in the clouds.  You’re good to go!  Easy-peasy!!

Did I miss anything?   Any questions about these cupcakes?   Please leave them in the comments and I’m happy to answer & help!


  1. Miz Helen says

    Hi Rose,
    These are just precious St Patrick’s Day Cupcakes! I really love the Rainbow Strips, that makes them so special, you saved me one right? Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Miz Helen says

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day week end and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Cristina says

    Loved the idea so much I made them for the family, however I did encounter one small difficulty which I was wondering if you did also, my rainbows kept falling down and at one point looked more like a beach towels than they were flying in the sky – any ideas why and how to prevent this from happening again?

    • Rose says

      Haha!! Flat rainbows! Sorry… I’m easily entertained this morning. Maybe stick the ends deeper into the frosting/cucpakes so they’re well planted? Or cut them shorter so they’re not as heavy…. but that may make them harder to bend.

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