7 Irish-Inspired Desserts to Make for St. Patrick’s Day

Incorporate Irish tradition and folklore into your St. Patrick’s Day diet with Food Network recipes inspired by shamrocks, leprechauns and a pint of Guinness.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about green beer and corned beef. You can incorporate Irish tradition and folklore into your St. Patrick’s Day diet with recipes inspired by shamrocks, leprechauns and a pint of Guinness. Make one of these festive desserts for your holiday celebration.

Green Velvet Cupcakes (pictured above)

When it comes to these cupcakes, presentation is everything. You’ll cut three cupcakes in half for the shamrock stems, which is ideal for anyone who always asks to split one.

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Photo by: Con Poulos

Con Poulos

Make this piñata cake as a way to surprise your friends. They’ll never guess that a whole cup of gold candies will come pouring out!

Chocolate and dark beer are a match made in heaven. Marcela Valladolid’s bundt cake blends Irish and Mexican cultures calling for Guinness and Mexican crema.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

A 9-by-13 inch poke cake is the ultimate celebratory sheet cake. Vanilla cake serves as the base for layers of lime gelatin and whipped cream. Don’t forget the sprinkling of green sanding sugar to finish!

A Year In Cupcakes

A Year In Cupcakes

Photo by: Ryan Dausch

Ryan Dausch

Legend has it that leprechauns find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. These cupcakes are so satisfying (and Instagram-worthy!), they’ll make anyone feel like they've struck gold.

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Photo by: Ryan Dausch

Ryan Dausch

These bright green rounds are a sweet way to get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Key lime zest and juice give these cookies a bold flavor.

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Photo by: Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

The biscotti in this affogato-like dessert is inspired by Irish soda bread. Flavored with caraway seeds and raisins, it’s ideal for dunking in a mug of coffee, Irish whiskey and ice cream.

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