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Jelly bean cupcakes are simple vanilla cupcakes decorated with jelly beans inside and out. They are the perfect Easter dessert!
I cannot believe Easter is less than a month away! There are plenty of springtime dessert to be made, but I’m especially excited to start using Easter candy in my baking. Today I made jelly bean cupcakes using Starburst® Jelly Beans!
It’s been awhile since I’ve made cupcakes (going as far back as Christmas maybe!) So I was excited to make these jelly bean cupcakes using my traditional vanilla cupcake recipe.
I wanted to make these simple vanilla cupcakes extraordinary for Easter though. So I took my classic recipe and went to town with the Starburst® Jelly Beans. I found them at Walmart, which by the way has every Easter candy, toy and table decoration you can imagine!
I scooped out a small hole in each cupcake and filled it with the Starburst® Jelly Beans. And if that wasn’t enough, I sprinkle more on top of the buttercream frosting.
Needless to say, if you are a jelly bean lover, then these cupcakes are for you!
To make scooping out the holes in the jelly bean cupcakes easier, I suggest using cupcake corer or a cookie dough scooper (like I did). Of course you can always eye ball it and use a knife or regular spoon. Each scoop was about one inch in diameter and about three-quarters of an inch deep.
Each hole fit about six to eight Starburst® Jelly Beans—the perfect amount for a surprise when you bite into the cupcake!
Then to top it all off, some rich buttercream frosting. This is my go-to frosting recipe. It is the perfect ratio of butter to confectioners’ sugar to vanilla. It’s smooth, fluffy and rich.
If you don’t want to keep the Starburst® Jelly Beans a total surprise, I suggest adding a few on top of the frosting as well. It’s a festive garnish and adds a nice pop of color!
Before you get to the recipe, here are some step-by-step photos of adding the ingredients to make the cupcakes and frosting!
Steps to make the cupcakes…
Steps to make the frosting…
Cupcake recipe adapted from Pastry Affair.
If you’re at Walmart shopping for ingredients, here’s a visual of where I found the Starburst® Jelly Beans in the Easter holiday aisle.