Irish Surprise Cupcakes

Irish Surprise Cupcakes. White cake on the outside, green on the inside! Recipe posted @

A little secret about me – My baking skill could use improvement. Everyone assumes food bloggers can do it all. Well guess what, I can’t. I have fails in the kitchen just like everyone else. A majority of my fails occur when I’m baking. I’ve learned when I’m trying a “from scratch” recipe for the first time, I’ll buy double the ingredients just in case my first attempt flops.  This trick has come in handy multiple times.

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I’ve been feeling a little under the weather the past few days, so I didn’t want to mess around in the kitchen. I tossed out the idea of making white cupcakes from scratch and bought a cake mix from Pillsbury. There is a reason why people buy cake mixes — Pillsbury’s are the best! It’s impossible to screw up since all you need to do is add 3 ingredients and stir. It’s guaranteed to be moist since there is pudding in the dry mix. The best part – it ALWAYS tastes good.


I got the idea for Irish Surprise Cupcakes from Pinterest. It seems that Poke cakes are all the rage right now. I thought I’d try my version of a Poke cake but use lime jello instead of evaporated milk. I poked several holes in each cupcake, poured lime jello over the cupcakes and let them sit in the fridge for a few hours. I prayed it would work…. I cut into the little cake and all I saw was green!

Irish Surprise Cupcakes - Take a bite and it's green! Perfect for #stpatricksday! Get recipe @

And the frosting is whipped perfection. It’s just three ingredients – milk, instant vanilla pudding mix and cool whip. I could’ve eaten just the frosting and been happy.

Perfect St. Patricks Day Recipe! Irish Surprise Cupcakes. Get the recipe @

I thought these would be the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day this weekend!! I love the green color and the jello sucked right into the density of the cupcake. The color of jello could be switched for any occasion or holiday.

Irish Surprise Cupcakes. #stpatricksday #recipe Recipe is posted at

Do you have plans for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend??

Irish Surprise Cupcakes


    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1 Package of Pillsbury White Cake Mix
  • 2 Packages (3 oz each) Lime JELL-O
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 cup Cold Water
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 Package (3.4 oz) JELL-O Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 cup Cold Milk
  • 1 (8 oz) Carton Frozen Whipped Topping, thawed (like Cool Whip)
  • For Decoration:
  • Green Sprinkles


  1. Prepare and bake cupcakes according to package directions. Let cupcakes cool for 30-60 minutes.
  2. When the cupcakes are cool to the touch, make jello. In a bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water. Using a straw, make multiple holes in each cupcake. With a baster, insert liquid jello into the cupcake holes. When you're done, place cupcakes in the fridge. Let them sit for 60 minutes.
  3. To make frosting - combine pudding mix and milk. Blend for 2 minutes with a handheld mixer. (You'll have a thick consistency.) Fold in whipped topping. Spread over each cupcake and decorate with green sprinkles. Store cupcakes in the fridge.
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  3. Rachel @ {I Love} My Disorganized Life says

    I love this! And now I really want some!

  4. Elizabeth says

    In high school, I only baked. But over the last couple years, I’ve gotten so into cooking! The flexibility of ingredients, constant adjustment… and the fact that MOST things can be salvaged. Now when I bake, I feel like I’m always messing up or just plain making a mess. I forgot to put butter in my brownies last week. The next day I burnt a cake. Definitely blew through a lot of ingredients with those mishaps!

    • admin says

      I almost ALWAYS miss an ingredient. I hate following directions! :)

  5. aimee @ shugarysweets says

    Cute!!! I love lime :)

    • admin says

      Thanks, Aimee!

  6. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    These are so pretty Meghan! I love cake mixes because they are absolutely no fail!

    • admin says

      I totally agree!! I see less “from scratch” cakes in my future :)

  7. Bill Early says

    I am so glad you are IRISH! I loved this one. Wish I had time to try all your posting.

    • admin says

      Thanks, Dad!

  8. Julie says

    What a cute idea, Meghan! They look awesome. I bet they taste awesome as well!

    • admin says

      They’re so good! I can’t stop eating them!

  9. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    These are so cute!! I was expecting the surprise to be liquor– you can see where my head is at. Ha! We are going out on Saturday to a huge pub crawl in Charlotte, NC. Starts at noon, goes all day. It’s the largest pub crawl in the world. So excited.

    • admin says

      That’s awesome, Heather!! Sounds like a lot of fun!!!


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