Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sour Patch Kid Cupcakes

By Christy

I recently was asked to make a candy inspired cupcake. I have made lots of fun candy inspired cupcakes: Snickers, Twix, Rolos.... but if you didn't notice there has been a trend of my candy choices: chocolate. LOL It's no secret chocolate is by far one of my most favorite food groups, so when it came to a sweet and sour candy, this posed a fun new challenge for me. I was asked to make Sour Patch Kids cupcakes. After a little research on how to create the sweet and sour flavor of a sour patch kids these cupcakes were actually super easy to whip up!
What's your favorite type of candy?
Have you ever tried to recreate those flavors into another dessert?

Make a cake of your choice. I made a simple vanilla cake recipe and added sprinkles for a fun, "funfetti" look!

Icing: I made a batch of vanilla buttercream and colored it green.
My "current" fave recipe is inspired from Magnolia Bakery's buttercream icing. I made a couple tweeks but is it great and the texture is very smooth and it is great for piping icing.

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream or milk
2 Teaspoons Vanilla extra

Combine butter, 4 cups sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating for about 2 minutes after each addition, until icing reaches desired consistency; you may not need to add all the sugar.

Sour Patch Kids Candy Coating:
Equal parts citric acid and granulated sugar

I used 1/2 cup of acid for 1/2 cup of sugar and it was MORE than enough for 24 cupcakes. I found the citric acid in the canning section of Wal-Mart for less then $2 bucks. I definitely got a lot of bang for the buck when it came to these cupcakes!

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