Sour Candy Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 01, 2022
If you love the pucker of sour candies, then these sour candy cupcakes will be right up your alley. The sour dust sprinkled on top gives you an instant pucker when you first take a bite, but the sweetness soon follows. —Elizabeth Bramkamp, Gig Harbor, Washington
Sour Candy Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange or lemon gelatin
  • 2 drops lemon oil, optional
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange or lemon gelatin
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup orange colored sugar, optional
  • 1 tablespoon citric acid, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, soda, lemon juice, eggs, canola oil, gelatin and, if desired, lemon oil; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-21 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. For frosting, in a large bowl, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, gelatin and lemon juice; beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes. If desired, in a small bowl, stir together sugar and citric acid; dip cupcakes into sugar mix. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 cupcake: 384 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 293mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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