Lucky Charms Cupcakes

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Ah…Lucky Charms.   Brings back so many good memories of being a kid and a sugar coated breakfast.  Good times.  Of course, the leprechaun also reminds us all of St. Patrick’s Day so this recipe from Just Call Me Maria is doubly fun.

Did you know the marshmallow shapes are meant to represent the various magic charms?  According to Wikipedia:

“The following are explanations to the permanent marshmallows:

  1. Hearts – power to bring things to life
  2. Shooting Stars – power to fly
  3. Horseshoes – power to speed things up
  4. Clovers – luck, but you will never know what kind of luck you’ll get
  5. Blue Moons – power of invisibility
  6. Rainbows – instantaneous travel from place to place
  7. Balloons – power to make things float
  8. Hourglass – power to control time”

So there you go.  Pick the marshmallow “charms” that best represent your secret “powers”.

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

1 box white cake mix
3 eggs
¾ cup sour cream
¾ cup milk
1/3 vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup finely crushed Lucky Charms (cereal pieces only, no marshmallows)

~25 drops green food coloring

Marshmallow Buttercream

4 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
1 (13 oz) container marshmallow fluff

Optional: Green sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with liners.

In a large bowl blend cake mix, eggs, sour cream, milk, oil, and vanilla extract.

Mix in drops of green food coloring until desired color is achieved.

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Mix in finely crushed Lucky Charms crumbs until combined.

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter and bake 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.

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Take cupcakes out and let cool completely.

In a medium bowl beat room temperature butter with an electric mixer.

Add two cups of the powdered sugar, the vanilla, and the marshmallow fluff and mix until smooth. Continue to add the powdered sugar, a half cup at a time, mixing between each addition.

Pipe onto each cooled cupcake. Top with green sprinkles and a Lucky Charms marshmallow (do not top with Lucky Charm marshmallow until ready to eat*).

Tip: Marshmallow buttercream may become difficult to mix. If it becomes too stiff, stop adding powdered sugar and finish mixing by hand. *The Lucky Charms will get mushy and loose their crispness if they remain on top of the frosting too long before eating.
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And as for your bonus, here are a few of the first Lucky Charms commercials! One from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.


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