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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 melt..it’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 πŸ™‚

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…

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78 comments on “Sour Patch Kid Cupcakes”

  1. 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!!

  2. 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!

  3. Cristin (Pinkie) of Cristin's Cookies

    I’m late to the party, but what a great friend you are! I’m sure that Kristan really appreciated such special cupcakes in her favorite candies! I’m sure she was tickled PINK! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lisa @ Sweet2Eat Baking

    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!)

  5. These are sooooo cute! What a genius idea to do SPK cup cakes πŸ™‚ Love that sweet photo of you and Kristan πŸ™‚

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

    1. hahahaaaa, yeah, I didn’t get a party on my birthday either. I guess we’re in the same boat πŸ™‚

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