10+ Jelly Bean Recipes

Jelly beans are great eaten out of hand, but they're undeniably cuter on top of baked goods. Check out our best recipes and decorating tutorials for these beloved candies, including jelly bean-embellished cupcakes and gorgeous layer cakes.

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    Jelly Beans in the Grass Cupcakes

    Jelly beans and small candies can form endless fun Easter designs -- just use your imagination! Pipe green frosting onto the tops of cupcakes to form spiky grass, then add colorful jelly beans for Easter eggs.

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    Bird's Nest Cupcakes

    Pastel jelly beans or candy-coated egg-shape chocolate candies make ideal toppers for these adorable spring-theme cupcakes. And the twiggy nest material? Chow mein noodles!

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    Simply. Gorgeous. Cakes.

    Expect these cakes to make a few waves. See our hottest ideas for decorating cakes with jelly beans and other candies, including a fabulous shamrock cake, licorice ladybug cake, and more!

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    Panda Cupcakes

    These zoo-inspired cupcakes are black and white and cute all over. But the best part? They're an absolute cinch to make. Cover a cupcake with white frosting, then arrange a black jelly bean for a nose and black candy-coated sunflower kernels for eyes. Pipe black icing below the nose, creating a mouth. Twist miniature chocolate sandwich cookies to separate, discarding filling; press cookie halves into frosting for ears.

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    Kitty Cupcake Cones

    These bright-eyed kitty cupcake cones aren't just cute -- they're also purr-fectly customizable party treats! Set out trays of candy corn, licorice pieces, and jelly beans (in a variety of colors!), and have little guests decorate their own cones.

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    Pink Jelly Bean

    With a cocktail mixed to taste like a jelly bean and a swizzle stick skewered with the candies, this dessert sipper is a jelly bean fanatic's dream.

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    Easy Easter Bunny Bites

    Featuring spiky frosting fur, gumdrop ears, and a perfectly pink jelly bean nose, this fun cupcake design is adorable at an Easter party. Or a kiddo's birthday party. Or your own. (No judgments here!)

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    Butterfly Garden Cupcakes

    Roses by any other name might smell as sweet, but jelly bean daisies are far sweeter. These colorful candy flowers are rooted in chocolate chip cookie cupcakes and served alongside pretzel-wing butterflies. 

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    Marshmallow Bunnies

    Kids will love helping create these cottontail cuties. Form bunny bodies by spreading large marshmallows with white frosting, then rolling marshmallows in flaked coconut. Attach a pink jelly bean nose with a dab of frosting, then arrange circle sprinkles for eyes and elongated sprinkles for whiskers. Attach two miniature marshmallows at the bottom of the marshmallow for feet. For ears, snip thin strips from the edge of a large marshmallow, then secure to the bunny with frosting.

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    Make Jaw-Dropping Cakes in a Flash

    Looking to transform your layer cake into a true showstopper? Just add a few jelly bean carnations, Jordan almond daisies, and lemon-slice butterflies. Watch and learn!

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    Ladybug Cupcakes

    These darling cupcakes will please spring enthusiasts and bug-loving kiddos alike! Start by spreading cupcakes with green frosting, then place a red vanilla wafer cookie on top of each cupcake. Pipe a line of white frosting in the center of each cookie, and add dots of yellow frosting on either side of the line. Press a dark blue or black jelly bean into the frosting as a ladybug head, then add yellow miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces for antennae.

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    Colorful DIY Jelly Bean Cupcakes

    Jelly beans can be part of the party! Just set out clear containers of single-color jelly beans, plus unfrosted cupcakes. Let guests frost and then top their dessert with their favorite jelly bean flavors. Coordinating balloons and tablecloth are a bonus.

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    Homemade Chocolate Candy Recipes

    Chocolate truffles, toffee, barks, and fudge -- oh, my! These chocolate candy recipes steal the spotlight with their rich flavors, tasty pairings (bacon and chocolate, anyone?), and make-in-bulk ease. We love giving the chocolate candies as gifts, sharing them with friends, and indulging in their sweet flavors for after-dinner treats.
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