Sour Patch Kid Cupcakes

Hey guys!

Today is a special post…a celebratory post, actually.


What are we celebrating?

Well…more like WHO are we celebrating?

The most sparkly, sweet girl in all the land, is who!


Yes, that would be Kristan (Confessions of a Cookbook Queen), my bestest bloggy and real life friend!

Today is her birthday and honestly, that is cause for a celebration…with loads of pink and glitter and sugar and candy and hugs and cupcakes!


I mean without her, the world wouldn’t have THESE or THESE.

And I wouldn’t have a partner in crime over HERE.

Plus, I talk to her like everyday of my life and that’s kinda important…SHE’S kinda important!


One thing about Kristan, is beyond knowing loads about good make-up and good shoes she is kind of a candy expert.

So, in her honor I decided to combine 2 of her all time favorite things…candy and cupcakes.

More specifically, Sour Patch Kid cupcakes.


Here’s what I did.

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.  Use a box mix, Kristan would approve.

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…

There are a few other sweet girls who wanted to wish Kristan a Happy Birthday too!!

So go check out their posts for more birthday fun ~

Sprinkle Bakes


Glorious Treats

Sweet Sugarbelle

Baking in Heels


So, Happy Birthday Kristan!!  Hope you have a super special day 🙂

78 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness–you are seriously my hero. I never thought of making my own sour sugar–I’m the person that uses a wet finger to get every last grain out of the bottom of the bag of sour patch kids. This could be very dangerous for me. 🙂

  2. These are excellent!! I was *thisclose* to doing something Sour Patch when I got swept away by all things glitzy! 🙂

    These don’t just look delicious, they look adorable! Love the Kids, love the cupcakes, and love Kristan! Happy birthday to the queen! 🙂

  3. Shelly I am about to start bawling all up in here!! I cannot believe you girls did this. I am so grateful to have you all as friends. You are the best!!!!

    (Jon David wants to know when we should expect these cupcakes in the mail)

  4. You two are just so precious and these sour patch kids cupcakes are like the smartest thing evah! My nephew loves them and would go bazerk!!! {how do you spell that!?}

    What a wonderful birthday tribute to sweet Kristan! These are just perfect for her!

  5. Wait a second…..Why didn’t I get a party for my Birthday??? Ohhh, thats right, no one likes me 🙁
    Anywayyyyy, these little cupcakes made that little saliva thing in the back of my mouth tingle!

  6. My first post here…

    Wow, these look yummy. They kinda remind me of Jelly Tots sweeties we get here in the UK. Google them if you don’t know what they are (not sure if you have them over the pond).

    Is the strawberry you put in the cupcakes like a strawberry puree or could I use jam? I’ll have to keep an eye out for the real fruit purees at our supermarkets as I’ve been dying to core a cupcake (I even have a new gadget for the job!)

  7. 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!

  8. Shana

    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 not about to find the True Lemon in any store. They came out phenomenal! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  9. Jessica C

    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!

  10. 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, to no avail. All they carry at the new Walmart nearby the airport are something called, Trolley Worms/ YUK!
    Thank you for posting this cupcake recipe, and for the post that said she adapted hers by using jello. Both sound excellent. The sugar in Sour Patch reminds me of “Pixie Sticks” that I used to love as a child. I’m approaching 60 years old, and still a kid when it comes to candy! Blessings for sharing your fun recipes. You get an A+ for effort, and a Gold Star for Citizenship 😀 Happy Day!

  11. 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!

  12. 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?

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