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 🙂

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

Julia Loredo
Julia Loredo

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


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?

Allie Sparkles

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!


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 »

Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden

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.


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

whirl + whisk

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

Jessica C
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!


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


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 »

Lydia Grace

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!


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


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


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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