Sour Patch Kids Cupcakes

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I am admittedly not a fan of all things sour but kids sure seem to love the Sour Patch candy!  If your kids (or you!) are a fan, then you will love this easy and fun recipe from I Save A 2 Z.  The cake is made from a jazzed up box mix and the frosting is a simple buttercream with neon food coloring.  A fun project for the kids!

Sour Patch Kids Cupcakes



  • 1 Cake Mix (we used Pillsbury)
  • 3 Eggs (that’s what my cake mix called for)
  • 1 cup Water (that’s what my cake mix called for)
  • ⅓ cup Vegetable Oil (that’s what my cake mix called for)


  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 cup Butter softened
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 8 cup Powdered Sugar
  • Neon Food Coloring
  • 24 Sour Patch kids Candies
  • ⅛ cup Sugar
  • ⅛ cup Citric Acid (I found mine in the canning section at Walmart)
  1. Make cupcakes according to your cake package directions.
  2. Let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and add vanilla.
  4. Mix in the confectioners sugar one cup at a time.
  5. Beat in the milk
  6. Divide equally based on the number of colors you want to make.
  7. Mix food color into each portion to achieve the desired shade.
  8. Transfer icing to a large sized Ziploc bag or icing/piping Bag
  9. Ice the top of each cupcake.
  10. Mix together sugar and citric acid.
  11. Dust the top of each cupcake with sugar mixture.
  12. Place 1 Sour Patch Kid on top of each cupcake.

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