Take a trip down memory lane. Comb through those cobwebs and remember a time when everything was carefree, uncomplicated and significantly shorter. What was the one thing you desperately wanted to catch when you were a kid: a cricket? A butterfly? A giant hairy spider to stuff inside your sister’s socks? Whatever it was, you probably remember the thrill of the chase, the excitement of the capture and the giant grin plastered across your face as you ran back into the house, muddy and grass-stained, holding up your conquest for everyone to see. I wanted to re-live that childlike euphoria in the capture of a little green leprechaun on St Patrick’s Day. I mean, think of all the things you could do with a pet leprechaun! You’d always have great shoes, a pot of gold and a personal tour guide to the end of any rainbow. Unfortunately, my attempts at luring leprechauns to my window using strategically placed cupcakes did not succeed. Perhaps their diets don’t extend to pistachios, chocolate or buttercream frosting … Who knew?
The recipe for the chocolate cupcakes can be found here and for the buttercream frosting I just softened a stick of butter, whipped it into submission, mixed with 2 cups of sifted icing sugar and dyed green. Each cupcake then received a light sprinkling of pistachio crumbs.