Here is a fun and easy idea for a quick St. Patrick’s Day dessert!
As you may already know, my family is fairly big on St. Patrick’s Day. I always try to put together something fun for them that doesn’t take a lot of work. This year, in addition to our authentic meal of corned beef and cabbage, I also will be serving this fun little dessert that I like to call rainbow-in-a-pot-with-gold.
I’ve made a version of rainbow icing in the past, but was on the lookout for something a little easier, when I came across this fantastic tutorial on tie dye icing at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She even has a video explaining how to frost cupcakes.. genius!
Her method was so much easier than my original process of coloring the frosting, then piping it in individual stripes into a single piping bag.. talk about complicated! This method was SO easy and exactly what I was looking for.
I started with store bought brownie bites, a tub of white frosting – I wasn’t going fancy on this – and Wilton gel colors. You don’t have to use Wilton, but do use a gel food coloring – you can’t beat the vibrancy. I used red, blue, yellow, orange, green, and violet and created two lines of each color.
Using a small paintbrush, I painted the lines on to a piece of cling wrap. I spread over the lines with the frosting, being careful not to smear the dye, rolled up the cling wrap in to a tub and twisted the ends. Following Mel’s method, I inserted the cling wrap tube into a frosting bag and pulled one twisted end through the tip. I think I had a bit too much frosting in my tube, which made it difficult to pull the cling wrap tube through the piping bag hold. Next time I would divide the frosting in half – it would be a bit easier to work with.
Then, I piped it on to the brownie bites.
For the finishing touch, I added a gold chocolate coin. All in all, a very quick, yet festive, project. May the luck of the Irish be with you!