What candy comes to your mind when you think of Spring? Jelly Beans? Me too!
I also LOVE baking cupcakes in the spring. I thought about putting jelly beans inside the cupcakes, but after much thought, I came to this conclusion: Just. Plain. Gross.
So, to give my Spring cupcake and jelly bean love a try, I decided to just decorate with jelly beans — not bake with them! Some things are just better left in their original form — like jelly beans for instance.
I also chose to go with a strawberry cupcake to keep the light, springy feel to these cupcakes. We also opted for the pricier jelly beans since they had so many fun flavors! Even the black ones tasted good!
OK, I have to make a confession.
I didn’t come up with this idea myself. There, I said it!
In fact, my six-year old Blondie girl came up with it. We were racking our brains on how to decorate with jelly beans because my first plan fell through. As I was thinking, thinking and thinking, my Blondie squealed out, “Mom, look at this!” She simply, yet adorably constructed a cute flower out of jelly beans — only she called it a bear. ( Love that girl! )
But, all I could see was adorable flower petals and the perfect cupcake topper!
See, this idea is so simple your kiddos can step in and help decorate! Don’t you just love those simply cute recipes?
Without further adieu, here is the super simple jelly bean cupcake recipe you will love my Blondie girl for!
Jelly Bean Flower Cupcakes
1 box your favorite cake mix (I Chose Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix)
one large bag of multicolored jelly beans
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Bake cupcakes according to package directions. Once cooled, mix butter, shortening, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in medium-sized mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread frosting on cupcakes. Next, place five jelly beans of the same color on top of the cupcake in the shape of a circle to make flower petals. Then, take a contrasting color jelly bean and place in the middle of the petals. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Yields: 24 cupcakes. Enjoy your super simple recipe!
Do you love jelly beans? What’s your favorite jelly bean recipe?