These cupcakes!! They have ginger beards and little green hats!Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio / YouTube

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here! While there are all sorts of Irish dishes you can whip up in celebration, from savory delicacies like colcannon and shepherd’s pie to sweet treats like shamrock shakes and Guinness donuts, none of them will spark as much delight as these leprechaun cupcakes.

For the cupcakes, you can use our all-time favorite recipe for Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s frosting (click here for recipe) and then to give them wee leprechaun faces, complete with beards and hats, follow the instructions in the video below, from Jennifer Johns of the excellent website Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio.

When making the Guinness and Bailey’s cupcakes, in this case we recommend doubling the measurements for the Bailey’s butter cream frosting, just to be sure you have enough divide into separate piping bags for each color (orange, green, black and yellow).

Happy baking!