Expected Project Time: 2 to 3 hours (including baking and cooling time).
Make mini cakes. Prepare batter following recipe directions. Bake and cool mini cakes in shamrock mold.
Decorate cakes. Melt white candy melts candy according to package directions. Use white melted candy in cut parchment bag to outline and fill in shamrock shape. Gently tap cakes to smooth and remove bubbles. Chill to set, 10 to 15 minutes.
For nonpareil outline shamrock, use white melted candy in cut parchment bag to pipe shamrock outline. Immediately sprinkle with St. Patrick's Day nonpareils. Tap gently to remove excess.
The way your decorations curl and point and lie depends not only on the icing consistency but also on the way you hold the bag and the way you move it. Bag positions are described in terms of both angle and direction.