Luck of the Irish and Oregon Bubbles

I get to celebrate two of my favorite places in the world this week, Ireland and Oregon. St. Paddy’s day is always a fun day to enjoy and this year was no exception. Over the weekend I enjoyed Irish music and dancing at a local farmer’s market and ran my first 15k at the Portland Shamrock Run. Today I look forward to Guiness, corned beef and maybe a shot or two of Jameson at the local bar. Seeing as how my menu planned for the day does not include nearly enough sugar, today was definitely a good day for a goofy cupcake in honor of St. Paddy.

I went back and forth between a few fun options that could be worthy of the “Luck of the Irish” cupcake title; those not chosen shall remain in the vault for future years. I went with a Lucky Charm stuffed cupcake with green and gold glitter frosting.

SO much fun to make. I haven’t purchased Lucky Charms cereal in years. Whoever came up with the concept is a smartie pants. I picked out about 50 marshmellow charms and whipped them into my vanilla cupcake batter. I had no idea how they would bake but the cupcakes came out with technicolor rainbow bursts throughout. Seemed fitting enough. I went with a cream cheese-mallow glaze…which has a texture at mid point between buttercream frosting, glaze and Fluffernutter. A trip to Michael’s meant purchases of green glitter glaze and gold sparkle sprinkles (say that ten times fast) which were applied in a very Jackson Pollack fashion. Aesthetics weren’t really the object of this week…this was one to have fun with 🙂

Recipe (makes 12):

Cupcakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 handfuls of Lucky Charms marshmallows

Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 oz marshmellow spread
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 splash heavy whipping cream
  • Green glitter glaze and gold sparkle sprinkles for garnish

Combine all cupcake ingredients and beat until smooth. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Whisk frosting ingredients until desired texture is achieved. Apply to cooled cupcakes and decorate as you please. Enjoy!

irish 1

irish 2

irish 3

This week’s bubbles hail from my birthday trip to Oregon’s wine country. Our last stop was at Dobbes Family Estate in Dundee. It was the perfect way to culminate our trip. We chatted with Joe Dobbes and his wife about their different varietals and the marketing behind them. The wines were delicious but when they mentioned the “Joe-secco”, I was over the moon. I purchased the 2011 and figured that this would be a fun weekend to crack it. I was not disapointed. It has notes of kiwi and toast, a little bit tropical. Since this week’s cupcake focused on texture instead of bold flavors, the sparkling wine really stands out.

secco 1

Hope everyone has a wonderful week. If you’re celebrating, enjoy a safe and happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Cheers,
Jenna

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