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Jelly Bean Cupcakes

Jelly beans inside and out.

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

The bright colors of jelly beans are so vibrant and pretty.  They definitely add eye appeal to a dessert.

Well maybe not the black or white jelly beans but the colored ones sure do.

In this cupcake recipe there are jelly beans inside and out.

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

These cupcakes can be made into regular size or mini cupcakes or a combination of both.

The inspiration for these cupcakes are these super cute little candy bunnies holding  jelly beans that I found in the store.

Jelly Bean Cupcake Decorations

Since these candy bunnies needed a comfy place to sit, on top of a cupcake seemed like just the place.

The cupcake is made from a box of white cake mix but any flavor of cake mix can be used instead if preferred.

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

The edible grass on these yummies is made out of shredded coconut and green food coloring.

Basic flavored large jelly beans are used for this recipe but feel free to use other flavors.

The jelly beans on the inside of these cupcakes are cut pieces of whole jelly beans that are added to the batter before baking.  All of the colored jelly beans are used except for the black and white ones.

There’s also a whole jelly bean that’s pushed inside the top of each baked cupcake just before frosting them.

TIP – For a kid’s party, a fun thing to do is put a particular colored whole jelly bean in just one of the cupcakes and whoever gets that cupcake wins a prize. 

I would have loved that when I was a kid at birthday parties.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Jelly Bean Cupcake Ingredients

For the Cupcakes – boxed white cake mix, canola oil, eggs and water (or ingredients according to package instructions), large jelly beans (all colors except black and white), and cupcake liners

Frosting Ingredients

For the Frosting – powdered sugar, softened butter, milk and vanilla extract

For the Toppings – shredded coconut, green food coloring, candy decorations and jelly beans

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (or according to package instructions).

Cake Mix in Mixing Bowl

To a large bowl, add cake mix…

Water in Mixing Bowl

…water,

Eggs and Cake Mix in Bowl

…eggs and canola oil.

Mix Cupcake Batter

Beat with a mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or whisk by hand for 2 minutes (or follow package instructions).

Chop Jelly Beans on Board

Cut the jelly beans into pieces (cut each jelly bean into 3 or 4 pieces if possible).

Chop Jelly Beans on Board

Chop Jelly Beans on Board

Then,

…to the cake batter stir in the cut pieces of jelly beans.

Cupcake Batter in Cupcake Tin

Line the cupcake tins with paper baking liners (this recipe should yield about 16 regular size cupcakes).

Cupcake Batter in Pan

Fill each cupcake liner 2/3’s full with batter.

Cupcake Batter in Pan

Then…

Baked Cupcakes in Pan

Bake in the preheated oven according to package instructions (when a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean) (about between 18 and 22 minutes).

Carefully transfer the cupcakes to a rack and let them completely cool before frosting them.

For the Frosting:

Pour Vanilla Extract in Bowl

To a medium size bowl, add powdered sugar, softened butter, and vanilla extract.

Pour Milk in Bowl

To the bowl add milk.

Set a mixer to the slowest speed and beat the ingredients very carefully so that the powdered sugar doesn’t fly out of the bowl.

Mix Frosting with Mixer

Once the powdered sugar starts to mix in with the butter and milk (about two minutes), then increase the speed on the mixer and beat the ingredients until smooth (about another 3 or 4 minutes).

Set aside for a moment while preparing the green coconut grass topping.

For the Toppings:

Add Green Food Coloring in Coconut

For the Green Grass –  To a small bowl, add shredded coconut and 15 drops of green food coloring.

Mix Food Coloring in Coconut

With a spoon,

Green Decorated Coconut

…mix together until the coconut is coated.

If a darker color of green is preferred, add a few more drops of green food coloring and mix together.

Cupcake with Jelly Bean Inside

Before frosting the cupcakes, push a whole jelly bean into the top of the cupcake down about an inch.

White Frosting on Cupcake

Next, frost the cupcakes…

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

Frost each cupcake one at a time and right after frosting it add the green shredded coconut (so it will stick to the frosting), jelly beans and decorative candies on top.

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

Next, it’s time to dig in and enjoy each bite.

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

These cute little candy bunnies even have whiskers.

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

The jelly beans taste so good in the cake…

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

…and on the frosting too.

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

This is one comfy candy bunny.

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

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Jelly Bean Cupcakes
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Print Recipe

Jelly Bean Cupcakes

Jelly beans inside and out.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cupcakes, Easter Cupcakes, Jelly Bean Cupcakes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 16 (Yields approximately 16 regular size cupcakes)

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 box (18.25 ounces) white cake mix
  • 1 cup water (quantity according to package instructions)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil (quantity according to package instructions)
  • 3 whole eggs (quantity according to package instructions)
  • 20 large jelly beans (all colors except the black and white ones) each jelly bean cut into 3 to 4 pieces
  • Cupcake liners

For the Frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 4-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Toppings:

  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 15 drops Green food coloring
  • Jelly beans
  • Candy decorations

Instructions

For the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (or according to package instructions).

  2. To a large mixing bowl, add cake mix, water, eggs, and canola oil. Beat with a mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or whisk by hand for 2 minutes (or follow package instructions). 

  3. To the cake batter stir in the cut pieces of jelly beans.

  4. Line a cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners (this recipe should yield about 16 cupcakes).  Fill each cupcake liner 2/3's full with batter.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven according to package instructions (when a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean) (about between 18 and 22 minutes). 

  6. Carefully transfer the cupcakes to a rack and let them completely cool before frosting them.

For the Frosting:

  1. To a medium size bowl, add powdered sugar, softened butter, vanilla extract, and milk. 

  2. Set a mixer to the slowest speed and beat the ingredients very carefully so that the powdered sugar doesn’t fly out of the bowl.
  3. Once the powdered sugar starts to mix in with the butter and milk (about two minutes), increase the speed on the mixer and beat the ingredients until smooth (about another 3 or 4 minutes). Set aside for a moment while preparing the green coconut grass topping.

For the Toppings:

  1. For the Green Grass -  To a small bowl, add shredded coconut and 15 drops of green food coloring.  Mix together until the coconut is coated.  

  2. If a darker color of green is preferred, add a few more drops of green food coloring and mix together.   

  3. Before frosting the cupcakes, push a whole jelly bean into the top of the cupcake down about an inch.

  4. Frost each cupcake one at a time and right after frosting it add the green shredded coconut (so it will stick to the frosting), jelly beans and decorative candies on top.

Recipe Notes

TIP

  1. For a kid's party, a fun thing to do is put a particular colored whole jelly bean in just one of the cupcakes and whoever gets that cupcake wins a prize. 

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15 Comments

  1. Hi Nancy, do you have any pictures of the cupcakes cut open and do the jelly beans baked in keep their gummy texture? Also did you use soft shell jelly beans (like Jelly Belly) or hard sugar shell (like Skittles)? Thanks -B

    • Hi Brendon, I’m sorry but I don’t have any pictures of the cupcakes cut open. The small pieces of jelly beans kept some of their texture. I used jelly beans that are like jelly bellies but they were about twice the size.

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  3. These are the cutest all-about-childhood Easter cupcakes. I really hope you’ll share them with my readers today. I am featuring an Easter recipe link up. Here is the direct url – http://hammocktracks.com/savannahs-savory-bites/easter-egg-bread-feature-friday-all-things-easter-linky/

    • Hi Savannah, so glad you like them and thank you very much for sharing them with your readers. I’m coming over to check out your site out now. Have a great day!

  4. These are so adorable, and love your step by step 🙂

  5. how adorable are these cupcakes! great idea to put the jelly beans in the batter. Love your presentation.

  6. What a great idea to put jelly beans in the cupcake batter! What a tasty Easter Treat!

  7. How cute are these cupcakes! the kids would go crazy about them!

  8. They look so cute! I’m sure for kids that would be the favorite treats 🙂 too bad I don’t have kids yet 🙂