Jelly Bean Flower Cupcakes :: Easter Ideas

Who doesn't get excited to find those last few jelly beans in the bottom of your Easter basket?  Hi, it’s Carrie Sellman from Half Baked, the cake blog for sweet inspiration.  I'm excited to be back today, sharing a fun and super easy cupcake tutorial just in time for Easter.  Today we're taking the jelly bean from basket filler to the star of the show!

In a few simple steps, your cupcakes will be blooming with beauty and ready for Easter!  (Or any other springtime celebration.)  So easy, even the kids can get involved.  Just ice the cupcakes and then provide bowls of jelly beans to your little ones.  They'll love seeing the flowers come to life... and sneaking a few jelly beans along the way!  Plus, I think these cupcakes would go perfectly with Kim's new Flower Garden Collection, don't you?

Group cupcakes on a large white plate or cake stand to create an edible centerpiece for your Easter table.  Or let a single cupcake serve as a beautiful and unique place setting for each dinner guest.

Jelly Bean Flower Cupcakes


  • Cupcakes  (store bought, made from a mix, or baked from scratch)

  • White Buttercream Icing  (store bought or homemade)

  • Jelly Beans

  • Yellow Sprinkles

  • Edible Easter Grass

To Assemble

  1. Completely cover top of cupcake with a small mound of buttercream.  Leave no cupcake exposed.  Smooth slightly.

  2. Create an outer ring of 'petals' by placing jelly beans side-by-side around the outside edge of the icing.  Jelly beans will lay almost flat, sticking out of the side.  Don't worry about exact position or pushing in too far.  We will adjust them again at the end.

  3. Create a second ring of jelly beans inside the first.  Start this ring so it alternates with the first ring, so beans are nestled tightly.  This row will go in on a slight angle.

  4. Create a third and final ring of jelly beans.  This row will go in almost straight up.  Leave a small opening in center as you position.

  5. Gently push jelly beans in more, starting at the bottom row and moving up.  Gently position until you like the final shape of your flower.

  6. Put sprinkles into a small ziplock bag and trim off the tip.  Use to pour a small mound of sprinkles in center of flower.

  7. Plate with edible Easter grass beneath cupcake.

TIPS:  If your jelly beans are not all the same size, use the largest ones in the outside ring of petals.  Save the smallest ones for the center.

I hope my Jelly Bean Flower Cupcakes provide a fun activity for your family and a delicious dessert for your Easter celebration!  For more baking inspiration, please come join me at Half Baked - The Cake Blog.  We currently have a fabulous giveaway going on... goodies from The TomKat Studio Shop!  Enjoy!  ~ Carrie

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