Sour Patch Kid Cupcakes

Sour Patch Kid Cupcakes Sound Crazy But They’re Delish!

Sour Patch Kid Cupcakes sound crazy, but they are a fun spin on that sweet and sour flavor everyone loves in Sour Patch Kid Candy!

Sour Patch Kid Cupcakes on a napkin with Sour Patch Kid candies sprinkled around

They’re a soft vanilla cupcake, filled with a fruit jam, topped with creamy frosting and a sweet and sour dusting. It might sound crazy, but they’re really REALLY good!

How To Make the Sour Sugar Coating of Sour Patch Kids

First make your sour sugar.  It’s the most important part of Sour Patch Kids Candy, so essentially it’s the most important part of these cupcakes.

What I did was mix equal parts citric acid and sugar.

Don’t be SCARED!  Citric acid isn’t gonna make your face’s a powder that is used in lots of candies!  You can get it HERE.

If you don’t want to order it online, you can get this type of thing at the supermarket…

This is “crystallized lemon” and all it is, is flavored citric acid.  It would work perfect for these cupcakes.  You can get this at the supermarket.

If you  can’t find either of these items, you could just use powdered lemonade mix…it won’t be AS sour, but I imagine that it will do the trick 🙂

Ok, so what I did was mix 1/4 cup citric acid with 1/4 cup sugar.  That’s it.

Set that aside.

Now bake some cupcakes.  You can just use a boxed mix. It’s fine! OR you can use my recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes…they are awesome!

Then, when they cool, use a paring knife cut a small hole in the top.

I filled a ziplock bag with some Strawberry jelly…

Cut the corner off and squeeze some jelly into the cupcakes.

Then make some frosting.  Use THIS recipe.

I colored my frosting different colors to make it pretty.

Then pipe your frosting on and sprinkle them evenly with the sour sugar you made.

Top them off with a Sour Patch Kid Candy!

And dig in…

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Aug 25, 2016 11:34 pm

Do you think I could put a couple of the sour patch kids inside before baking?

Julia Loredo
Jul 14, 2015 7:24 pm

What cake flavor do I use for sour patch strawberry jelly filling cupcakes

Jan 19, 2014 8:03 pm

I’ve never seen flavored citric acid before! Does it have to be flavored or can you use regular citric acid—maybe throw in a little bit of lemon extract or something?

Jul 15, 2013 9:09 pm

We tried our hand at these beauties yesterday. Our BFF was in a “sour patch kids” mood and we wanted to brighten her day. IT WORKED! Thanks for the inspiration. BTW, we mentioned your greatness on our blog, hope you get a sec to check it out!

Jan 18, 2013 1:28 am

I thought I was the only adult that liked “Sour Patch Kids.” It’s great to see I’m not alone! My youngest son is the one who had me try them for the first time while on a mission trip to Costa Rica. We worked until 6pm and by the time we made it back to our lodge, the kitchen was closed. Needless to say, we dug through our “stuff” to see what we had on hand. I pulled out “Tang” drink mix, and he pulled out his stash of “Sour Patch Kids.” We tried to find an equivalent days later,… Read more »

Dec 29, 2012 6:59 am

These cupcake look so cute and fun. I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

Aug 22, 2012 7:02 pm

These sound AMAZING! I love Sour Patch Kids! I need to give these a try.

Aug 22, 2012 2:43 pm

I can never go to a movie without getting sour patch kids 🙂

Jessica C
Jun 18, 2012 12:23 pm

I am making these for my brother’s birthday this week, but need to make them a day ahead because the party’s right after work. Do you think the sour sugar would get absorbed into the frosting if I sprinkled it on the night before? I’m wondering if I should wait and add the sugar on at the last minute when I run home to grab the cupcakes before the party. Thanks for this great idea!

May 11, 2012 11:31 pm

Hello for the sour patch cupcakes would you still put vanilla in the frosting? I am going to make these this week:)

Feb 27, 2012 1:16 am

I just made this but I improvised the recipe. Instead of strawberry jelly in all of them, I used jello; lime, cherry, orange, lemon (the four flavor of a SPK). First, I added 2 teaspoons of hot jello mix to the cupcake. I chilled remaining jello so it was not yet stiff, but so that it wouldn’t absorb into the cake. Once jello was a little firm I filled the holes with jello. I still made a butter cream frosting but I used my own recipe. To sprinkle the top I did use Country Time Lemonaid powder as I was… Read more »

Jan 26, 2012 3:28 pm

Hi Shelly (and Kristan)

Just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kristan…all the way from New Zealand! I love BOTH your blogs and it’s super exciting that you’re BFFs!

Thanks for the awesome recipe for Sour Patch Kids cupcakes, I only just discovered these delicious American lollies last year and they’re my new favourite candy!

Jan 19, 2012 10:31 pm

My little cousin would love these. I might just have to make them for his birthday!

Jan 15, 2012 1:15 pm

these are so cute. how did you make the frosting so bright?

Jan 14, 2012 2:05 am

it’s colourfull cake~ :9

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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