Candy Flower Cupcakes

Arguably, one of the best parts of making cupcakes is decorating them (and eating them is pretty great too). Flower cupcakes often require special piping tips, or molding chocolate, but this recipe is going to take floral cupcakes to a new level. This is my Candy Flower Cupcakes blog.

For this recipe, you’ll need to bake a batch of my delicious, rich, and decadent chocolate cupcakes. You can find that recipe here. You’ll also need my milk chocolate buttercream recipe, which you can find right here. Finally, you’ll want my famous chocolate ganache. You can find that recipe here. The trickiest thing to find might be the purple candy corns because they’re seasonal. Keep an eye out and enjoy getting creative and floral with all these candies!


Pile frosting to the top of your cupcake. Move your knife back and forth to spread the frosting to the outside edges of the cupcake. Use the back of a knife to scrape any excess away from the sides and the top. For the full tutorial on how to frost a flat top click here.

flat top cupcake

Candy Strap Flowers
candy strap flowers

  1. Cut a red sour strap into three pieces. Then, cut out the shape of a petal with a wider top and narrower bottom. Make six petals per cupcake.

    sour strap cut
  2. Use your thumb and squish a bright green Jelly Belly. Then, use a rolling pin to roll out the jelly bean.

    green jelly bean
  3. Use a pair of scissors to cut it into the shape of a leaf. Make 3 leaves for each of your cupcakes.
  4. Place the six or so sour candy strap petals around the cupcake, letting them overlap one another.
  5. Smear some ganache onto a yellow Jelly Belly. Then, place that side down onto the center of the flower.
  6. Stick three green leaves directly into the side of the cupcake frosting.

    sour strap final

Gumball and Candy Melt Flowers

gumball and candy melt flowers

  1. Stick a yellow gumball directly in the center of the cupcake.
  2. Take your candy melts and line them up closely together around the gumball.

    gum flower

Candy Corn Flowers (purple)

Candy Corn Flowers

  1. Place a white candy melt in the center of a cupcake.
  2. Line up purple candy corn around the candy melt. Tuck the white tip of the candy corn slightly under the candy melt so that it’s slightly raised.

    cc flower purple

Jelly Bean Flowers

jelly bean flowers

  1. Place a light pink jelly belly in the center of your cupcake. Then, make a circle of jelly beans around that center piece in the same color.
  2. With a darker shade of jelly bean, create a circle around that inner circle of jelly beans.
  3. With your darkest jelly bean, make a final layer of jelly beans around the two inner layers.

    jb flowers

Candy Born Flowers (orange)

candy corn flowers

  1. Place an orange jelly belly in the center of your cupcake. Then, make a circle of jelly beans around that center piece in the same color.

    cc flower center
  2. Stick candy corn directly into the cupcake at an angle so that they are standing up. Create a ring of candy corn around the Jelly Bellys.
  3. Stick candy corn horizontally to create an outer layer of candy corn.

    cc yellow

Rainbow M&Ms Flowers

rainbow m&ms flowers

  1. Place three yellow Jelly Bellys in the middle of a cupcake.
  2. Create a flower petal using red mini M&Ms. Do this by stacking them in a row of 1, 2, 2, 1.
  3. Repeat with the rest of the colors (I used orange, yellow, green, blue, pink).

    m&m rainbow

No piping tip? No problem! Flowers are definitely still achievable! 🌸

-For the printable recipe click here:

What You’ll Need:  

  • Purple candy corn (seasonal so check online)
  • Orange candy corn (if you’re not in the USA, get this online)
  • Blue (or any colour) candy melts
  • Yellow gumballs
  • White chocolate melts (or candy melts)
  • Jelly Belly jelly beans (3 shades of pink, some yellow and some bright green)
  • Red (or rainbow!) sour straps
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Cupcakes (with flat top frosting)

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