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Shamrock Money Cakes

Have you ever had a money cake? My grandma used to make them for us when we were kids – she’d wrap coins in wax paper and hide them in the icing layer of our birthday cakes. When you ate your slice, you would always hope for lots of coins! This Saint Patrick’s Day, I thought it would be fun to use chocolate coins instead and hide them under shamrock toppers on these miniature cakes. So simple, but what a fun surprise!

Shamrock Money Cakes | Oh Happy Day!Shamrock Money Cakes | Oh Happy Day!Shamrock Money Cakes | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Green card stock, green marker, green floral wire, wire cutter, scissors, chocolate gold coins, tape, cupcakes and icing (not pictured).

Step 1: To make your shamrock template, cut a rough square out of the green card stock and fold it in half twice. Cut out a shamrock shape and unfold.
Step 2: Trace the template onto green card stock and cut out as many as needed. Use your green marker to draw leaf details onto the paper.
Step 3: Cut pieces of wire 4″ long. Bend about 1/2″ down on the top and tape to the back of the shamrocks.
Step 4: Cut your cupcake in half horizontally. Ice the top of the first layer and place a chocolate coin on top.
Step 5: Add a little more icing on top of the coin and put the top cupcake layer on top. Finish icing the cupcake and gently stick the shamrock topper into the cupcake.

Shamrock Money Cakes | Oh Happy Day!Shamrock Money Cakes | Oh Happy Day!

  1. STEL Style

    March 7, 2014

    nice idea for St. Patrick day!! πŸ™‚


  2. Bird

    March 7, 2014

    I never had a money cake.. but I do actually go for it…Today is the birthday of my very best friend and I would love to have something that amazing for her.. maybe next time!

    Love from Germany and the -fatcatconnection-


  3. rhiannon

    March 7, 2014

    so cute! i love this idea. so much fun!

  4. danielle @ this picture book life

    March 7, 2014

    This is too much good fun!!

  5. RenΓ©e Yoxon

    March 7, 2014

    Haha, your coins are Canadian loonies! How cute πŸ™‚

  6. Tiffany

    March 7, 2014

    This is simply amazing! My birthday is St. Pattys…maybe someone will make this for me!
    Xx, Tiffany { }

  7. mom in mendon

    March 7, 2014

    So cute!

  8. What a fun idea! I love when there’s an element of surprise in cakes.

  9. Darla Harker

    March 7, 2014

    I totally do money cakes still. It’s sooo fun for the kids and I usually do one loonie in the cake and other smaller coins. This shows how old I am I guess, although I’m not a grandma yet. super cute cakes!

  10. Sheila

    March 8, 2014

    Cute cakes, but those aren’t shamrocks. 4-leaf clovers are a symbol of good luck, but with no Irish connection. The shamrock has 3 leaves, which St. Patrick used to explain the trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to the people of Ireland. I still think I’ll make these, with shamrocks, for my boys. Happy St. Pat’s to you all!

    • Interesting! Thanks for the correction Sheila, I had no idea. Happy St Patrick’s day! πŸ™‚

  11. Sarah

    March 8, 2014

    Wow, what a fantastic idea! They look delicious πŸ™‚

  12. Iquo

    March 10, 2014

    These are so cute! Perfect for St. Patty’s Day! This would be great to make for your kids to take to school! So adorable!


  13. Adeline

    March 10, 2014

    CAn you tell us what do you use for icing? It’s always with a lot of butter and I want try somethnig new.
    This look “light”?!

    Thank you!


    • Hi Adeline – when I’m in a hurry, I use Cool Whip to ice cakes (that’s what’s on these mini cakes) but if you wanted something a bit more special, maybe try seven minute frosting!

  14. meg

    March 10, 2014

    I love the money on the inside. What a cute idea!

  15. Maria G.

    March 10, 2014

    A cake that has a surprise inside? That is something new! I think that kids like this idea very much! I just wonder whether it is safe or not. Because the one that doesn`t know about the coin inside can choke.

  16. From Canada

    March 11, 2014

    My mom would hide wax paper covered coins in our birthday cakes as well…I’d forgotten about that. It was always so much fun to eat each bite with anticipation of hitting something hard πŸ™‚
    Maria G – you would only serve such a specially loaded cake to children old enough to be aware and expect to bite into a coin.
    PS: I see you used a foil covered Canadian loonie in your shamrock cake πŸ™‚ makes me smile.
    Thanks for the nostalgic post.

  17. Karen

    March 12, 2014

    How did you get the specks of green inside the cakes? My sons birthday is on St. Patricks Day so I’m going to make these. So fun!!

    • Once you have the cake batter all ready, just stir in some green sprinkles – kind of like a funfetti cake!

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    March 14, 2014

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