Have you ever tried making jelly bean cupcakes? It’s your lucky day because I’m going to show you how to make jelly bean cupcakes. They are quick and easy to make. You can make your favorite cupcakes recipe or use the two cupcake recipes I suggest in this post. One is from scratch and the other is made from a box mix. Perfect if you are short on time or just like the convenience.
First you will make your cupcakes and let them cool. Then follow the steps below to assemble and make the jelly bean cupcakes. They are perfect for spring and summer celebrations, Easter cupcakes, Mother’s Day cupcakes, baby showers, baby reveal cupcakes and themed birthday parties. You can decorate the tops to match your theme.
Are you ready to make this recipe with jelly beans? Let’s get baking.
Jelly Bean Cupcakes
Instructions for how to make jelly bean cupcakes
- Make vanilla cupcakes recipe or make a vanilla cupcakes box mix or your favorite cupcake recipe such as chocolate, key lime, cherry coke …
- Let your cupcakes cool. (Tip: You can make them the night before and assemble in the morning if you like. It’s really easy!)
- Cut a hole in the top of your cupcakes with a cupcake corer.
- Insert your jelly beans (I used cotton candy jelly beans) Pink / Blue (berry blue jelly beans)
- Take out the cupcake insert (and insides) reserve the top part you removed for later.
- Add in your jelly beans
- Then add your removed cupcake top back on
- Frost your cupcakes (I recommend a butter cream frosting for the top)
- Decorate with cupcake toppers, jelly beans, unicorn decorations or other cupcake decorations to go with your theme.
- Store in a cool place or in a cupcake carrier until ready to serve.
How to make jelly bean cupcakes
Make your cupcakes! If you make vanilla cupcakes you need to separate the yolk from the egg whites. See the image above for cupcake steps. To do this use an egg separator. Or like this cute egg separator. I’ve had mine for years and years. Scoop your cupcakes into your lined cupcake pans. Bake your cupcakes until done and let them cool.
Next take out the inside of the cupcake with your cupcake corer. Reserve the inside of your cupcakes. What I like about my corer is that it comes with a corer for mini cupcakes. I have had this baking tool a few years too. I hand wash it to keep it nice.
Tip: if you want your hole larger use a small serrated knife and cut long the edges but, do NOT go deeper. Be sure to keep cut away cupcake to refill the top. You will have to use more frosting to cover the hole. Piping will be the best way to cover the top if you choose to make a larger hole.
Then add your choice of colored jelly beans into the cupcake hole. (For baby reveal cupcakes use pink or blue jelly beans inside the cupcakes for your reveal!) (For birthday parties and celebrations match your theme colors)
For gender reveal ideas you can top the cupcakes with pink and blue frosting to create your pink and blue gender reveal cupcakes!
I decorated mine for a spring birthday but, these could also be used for Easter cupcakes or Mother’s Day cupcakes.
After you have filled the cupcakes with jelly beans add the tops back onto the cupcakes, covering the jelly beans.
Scoop a tablespoon or more of frosting to the top and begin to frost your cupcakes. Covering the top and cut lines. It can be as simple or festive as you like. On this day I opted for simple.
Cupcake topping ideas
- How to decorate bunny cupcakes
- Bunny bottom cupcakes, plus tips for how to get the best cupcakes every single time!
- For these carrot cake cupcakes I used the star tip and my Wilton Decorator Plus.
- There are so many ways to decorate cupcakes. Just practice! Or swirl your icing with a spoon, add sprinkles or edible candy to the top.
- Need a piping tutorial? cupcake decorating how to video
- How to pipe icing with two colors
Personally, my favorites are using the round and star tips. You can see the technique in the how to video listed above. I’m sure you will see another version of these jelly bean cupcakes because I just found out I’m going to be a grandma again! And it’s a boy! Boy, oh boy am I excited to host another baby shower.
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