Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sour Patch Kids cupcakes


First they're sour, then they're sweet! First disclaimer: I know I don't usually write about just one dessert. But this one, I just had to. So Kelly and I have a favorite candy: Sour Patch Kids. Kelly will buy me a box of them any time I'm really down (she's a great best friend!). A bag of Sour Patch Kids has even mysteriously appeared in the background of one of my roommate's videos about Big 12 sports. So needless to say, the candy is a favorite.


So a while ago Kelly and I started talking about making Sour Patch Kids cupcakes. Like, six months ago. But I figured if we were going to make these cupcakes, we'd have to make them right.


So I got cupcake wrappers to match the four flavors.


Coloring to match the colors.


Flavoring to match each flavor (cherry, orange, lemon and lime). And the kicker, which was tart and sour flavor enhancer. (Edit: Looks like my original source for this is out, so here are a couple other places to find it: LorAnn, Baker's Nook, Sears and Amazon.) Add it into a swiss meringue buttercream.


A basic yellow cupcake and a Sour Patch Kid on top.


In the process, obliterate the kitchen. Many times over.


So in the end, you get a complete cupcake with a sour-sweet frosting in a specific flavor. Completely successful. I will make them again...but not for a while.

Edit: Since posting this, I've had requests for amounts and how to make them. I tend to experiment a lot, but here's the amounts. I wanted a massive amount of cupcakes to share with people at work and for Kelly to take home. I made 1 1/2 recipes of the yellow cake. Be careful not to fill the liners very far, because this recipe rises a LOT. 2/3 full will do it, and better to go a bit lower even. This gave me 48 (!) cupcakes. One batch generally makes 30, give or take a few.

Then I made two batches of this swiss meringue buttercream (not at the same time though, just when I was ready for them. I split the recipe in half for each flavor. I put in a bit of color and flavoring, then about a quarter bottle of the tart flavoring. That seems like a lot, but it took that much to really give it the punch of Sour Patch Kids. Then I added coloring and fruit flavoring to taste. So for two batches split in half, you'll get all four frostings. The amounts were almost perfect for 12 cupcakes each. Enjoy!

23 comments:

  1. Those are awesome! My boys would flip if I made those! And what a fun time you had with Kelly baking them!
    As always, thanks so much for adding them to Cupcake Tuesday!
    ~Liz

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  2. I love the colors!!! and have some kiddos that love sour around here too....will have to get that tart and sour flavor! thanks for sharing that :)

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  3. Could you post your frosting recipe? My daughter saw these and she wants them for her birthday.

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  4. Love, love, LOVE these, Brenna! :)

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  5. This sounds awesome... Guess my husband will have to be my test dummy for this!

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  6. Fantastic! Love the colors, the idea, everything. I posted a link on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com :)

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  7. My husband LOVES sour patch kids. I think I might need to give these a try for his birthday!!! Thanks for sharing! *I'm a new follower of your blog thanks to craft gossip!

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  8. This is a wonderful blog! I'm a post-graduating stress-baker and anytime-baker, too. What I wouldn't give for a bigger kitchen and more baking time! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!!

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  9. I love these! My nephew would be in heaven if you put this cupcake in front of him!

    Kristi

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  10. Hon, the flavor enhancer link isn't working, comes up blank.

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  11. Those are so cute...I am loving the colors.. Fantastic yummy photos!!!

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  12. What a great idea!! They are so cute too!!

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  13. You have got to be kidding! These look awesome! I will DEF be making these one day in the future. I LUUUURVE Sour Patch Kids!

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  14. Your recipe just inspired us with so many ideas for recipes for kids! Wouldn't it have been great if, as a child, your parents made cakes or cupcakes with your favorite candy? Ours probably would have been Butterfingers (yum!). Thanks for sharing this great story & recipe!

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  15. Where are the ingredients? =)

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  16. Did you know: the red sour patch kid is actually raspberry (not cherry)- they're my favorite candy, too! ;-)

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  17. I just made these tonight for a bachelor party tomorrow (the groom and his friends LOVE sourpatch kids. The icing turned out AH-MAZING! Thank you so much! I didn't really experiment with different flavors, all I did was watermelon, but it doesn't matter! I sprinkled some citric acid powder mixed with sugar on top for a little extra kick and I expect to hear some rave reviews tomorrow!

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  18. I'm making this for my boyfriends 26th birthday

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