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Jelly Bean Cupcakes

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)


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


For the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (or according to package instructions).
  • 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). 
  • To the cake batter stir in the cut pieces of jelly beans.
  • 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.
  • 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:

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

  • 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.  
  • If a darker color of green is preferred, add a few more drops of green food coloring and mix together.   
  • Before frosting the cupcakes, push a whole jelly bean into the top of the cupcake down about an inch.
  • 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.



  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.