Sour Gummy Worm Cupcakes

Sour Worm Cupcakes

I have two favorite kinds of candy.  The first is chocolate, obviously.  I’m a woman after all.  My second favorite is any kind of candy that is sour.  My 3 kids really share in that enjoyment of sour candies, especially my 3 year old son.  In fact, if he gets to chose some candy for a treat – he usually goes straight for the sour gummy worms. Like mother, like son 😉 

I thought the gummy worms would be super cute atop a cupcake, especially with Halloween right around the corner.  Quite honestly, these would be perfect any time of year though! Instead of just popping the gummy worms on top, I decided to jazz it up a bit more… with a sour powder sprinkled on top & a cotton candy frosting. Interested yet? I promise you it’s super easy!

Sour Worm Cupcakes

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First, choose your cake.  I decided to go with a Funfetti cake mix.  Prepare as the package states, or give it more of a homemade taste by replacing the water with buttermilk & adding an extra egg like I do.

Sour Worm Cupcakes

Bake according to package directions.  Cool completely before frosting.

I chose to frost them with the Duncan Hines Flavor Creations in cotton candy. It was a great choice!

Sour Worm Cupcakes

I also thought it would be nice to add an extra bit of a sour element on top.  My first choice was to use pixie stick powder on top of the frosting, but believe it or not – I couldn’t find them anywhere!  Is there some sort of pixie stick shortage going on or something?  I finally gave up, and bought a box of sweet tarts instead – and ground them up into a powder with my food processor. It was delicious!

Sour Worm Cupcakes

 

Frost the cupcakes with the cotton candy frosting – either through spreading it or piping it.

Sprinkle the frosted cupcakes with the tart powder (or pixie stick powder if you can find it).  Arrange a few sour gummy worms on each one.  Adorable, right?

Sour Worm Cupcakes

Sour Gummy Worm Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Funfetti cake mix, prepared according to the cupcake directions on the box
  • 2 containers Duncan Hines frosting creations
  • 2 packets of Cotton Candy Duncan Hines frosting creations flavoring powder
  • Pixie sticks or sweet tarts that have been ground into a powder
  • Sour gummy worms

Directions:

Prepare the cake mix according to the cupcake package directions. Bake, & cool completely.

Whip together the Duncan Hines frosting with the flavor packets. Frost the cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle the pixie stick powder on top, or if you can’t find pixie sticks – grind up sweet tarts and use those instead. Decorate with sour gummy worms.

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