Gluten Free Jellybean Cupcakes

Gluten Free Jellybean Cupcakes Recipe

What would Easter be without jellybeans? I can’t even imagine!

This Gluten Free Jellybean Cupcakes Recipe was originally designed to use up leftover jellybeans but honestly, they are so cute and tasty that I would go out and buy jellybeans just to make them!

The cupcakes themselves are flavored with lemon (to balance the sweetness) and studded with jellybeans. But wait, there’s more!

Turns out jellybeans make for super easy and super cute decorating. You can simply swirl some frosting on the cupcakes and dot with a few jellybeans, or frost the cupcakes and dip them in coconut to make a cute nest and nestle in some jellybeans to look like eggs, or (maybe cutest yet!) arrange the jellybeans in a flower pattern.

Even though these are a dessert, I don’t want to use jellybeans filled with high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors and flavors. I choose Surf Sweet jellybeans, that are free of all that junk and allergen friendly. In a few of my cupcakes, I also used Surf Sweets Watermelon Rings to make jellybean flowers.

Gluten Free Jellybean Cupcake Recipe

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Gluten Free Jellybean Cupcakes
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Gluten Free Jellybean Cupcakes Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Refrigeration Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Calories: 558kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More



Frosting and decoration:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Surf Sweet organic jellybeans
  • Coconut flakes optional
  • Surf Sweet watermelon rings optional



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  • In the bowl of a mixer, preferably fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl or liquid measuring cup, mix together the buttermilk, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add half the flour mixture, the buttermilk mixture, then finally the remaining half of the flour. Mix just until combined. With a spatula, scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl to ensure all ingredients are fully combined. Divide the batter equally among the prepared muffin cups. Insert 3 jellybeans into each cupcake.
  • Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the cupcakes are lightly browned and set. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Frosting and decoration:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Turn off the mixer. Sift in the powdered sugar, add the lemon zest and juice, and vanilla. Start with the mixer on low, then gradually increase the speed to high, and beat until smooth. If the frosting starts to look curdled, keep beating until smooth. Put the frosting in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  • Frost or pipe the frosting on top of the cooled cupcakes. You can sprinkle a few jellybeans onto the frosting or for a nest, spread a thick layer of frosting on the cupcakes, dip into coconut and nestle 3 jellybeans in the center of each “nest.”
  • For flowers, place jellybeans in concentric circles, starting at the center, to look like a flower.
  • Refrigerate cupcakes until serving.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Jellybean Cupcakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 558 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 23g115%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 318mg13%
Potassium 109mg3%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1255IU25%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Easter Fun Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Holiday Jelly Beans Surf Sweets
  1. March 17, 2016

    Looks beautiful, and very delicious

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