Marzipan Leprechaun Hats

marzipan leprechaun hats
Photo: Chris Simpson
Total Time:
1 hr

These bite-size bowlers are brimming with whimsy...yet no magic is needed to assemble them; in fact even store-bought elements will do the trick. Cap off the cupcake hats with black-tinted marzipan bands, bitty buckles of golden jimmies, and, if you're feeling lucky, shamrock sprinkles.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • cup confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus more for rolling

  • ½ teaspoon whole milk, plus more as needed

  • 1 log (7 ounces) marzipan, such as Odense

  • Black and green gel-paste food coloring and gold jimmies and shamrock sprinkles, for decorating

  • 15 Mini Chocolate Cupcakes, homemade or store-bought

  • 15 chocolate wafer cookies, such as Nabisco


  1. Beat butter on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium, then add confectioners' sugar and milk; mix until smooth, adding more milk as needed to create a silky buttercream.

  2. Pinch off about 1 tablespoon marzipan and knead in some black food coloring until well incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside. Knead green food coloring into remaining marzipan. Divide green marzipan into two pieces.

  3. Working with one piece at a time (and keeping remainder covered with plastic), transfer to a surface dusted lightly with confectioners' sugar. Roll into a very thin circle (a scant 1/8 inch). Use a 5-inch round cookie cutter to cut out circles. Transfer marzipan circles to a baking sheet dusted with confectioners' sugar; use a pastry brush to brush away any excess sugar.

  4. Cover with plastic while you roll out and cut remaining green marzipan. Roll out black marzipan in the same way. Using a sharp knife or pastry wheel, cut into approximately 5-by-1/2-inch strips; keep covered with plastic.

  5. Trim tops of cupcakes with a serrated knife if they're domed. Spread a small amount of buttercream onto surface of a wafer cookie. Flip a cupcake upside down and place in center of cookie. Spread top and sides of cupcake with a thin layer of buttercream, then drape a piece of green marzipan over top, pressing onto cupcake to adhere.

  6. Wrap a strip of black marzipan around brim of hat, pressing at seam to secure. Create a buckle by pressing 4 jimmies into a square on black marzipan band. Repeat with remaining cupcakes, wafer cookies, buttercream, marzipan, and jimmies. Decorate with shamrock sprinkles.

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