Candy Land Cupcakes

Candy Land inspired cupcakes are sure to make you smile!

These fun cupcakes are topped with brilliantly colored frosting and of course candy galore!

Candy Land cupcakes are topped with sugar and spice and everything nice!

We bought our Candy Land game almost 8 years ago.  It was our first family board game.  It has certainly seen a lot of use.  It’s cover is tattered.  The board itself is heavily creased and the cards are bent, worn and weathered.  Although we don’t play it as frequently now, I am not ready to part with it just yet.

An assortment of yummy candies can be found on these game inspired cupcakes!

The reason I’m so sentimental about that rainbow colored game is how I’ve been able to watch all our kids grow.  I’m not just talking about physical growth.  Yes, I’ve seen them change from toddlers into preschoolers right before my eyes, but I’m talking more about the mental growth.

Cupcakes inspired by the favorite childhood game!

In the beginning, I would help my kids match each colored square on the card to the square on the board and then guide them along the path.  Then as time went by, they discovered their ability to march along and find their way themselves.  Their little plastic men would hop along one vibrant square at time.  The game would somehow last for eons and eventually I would rig the game so they would win and we could move on.

Candy Land Cupcakes

Then things got serious.  Suddenly our sweet little game of Candy Land would turn ugly.  My little darlings developed a taste for winning and could not stop until their little man beat me to King Candy.  I was no longer a nice foe that would simply let them win.  No sirree, I gleefully sent them back to candy cane or gingerbread if the opportunity arose!  The sooner they learned the art of losing gracefully the better.

My 5 year old was my fiercest competitor.  She cleverly bent each face card in such a way that would allow her to instantly recognize whether she would be sent forwards or backwards.  She had the advantage of mental preparedness.  Shrewd little girl (yeah, she totally got that from me…).

Eventually, each child learned to appreciate the game for what it was…a game that we could play together.  They discovered that the joy wasn’t always waiting for you at the end, the joy was in how you get there.

Candy Land cupcakes inspired by the favorite childhood game!

I can tell you one way to get to pure happiness is through these cupcakes!!  Oh my, the cake is so tender and so light.  This will be my go to white cupcake FOREVER!!  The frosting is your basic buttercream.  I used a combination of candies based on the game, although the possibilities are endless.  I had so much fun with these cupcakes!  Actually the entire family did.  In fact, I’ve been asked to make them ASAP!  This may be the one instance where it IS all about the end result!!


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Candy Land Cupcakes
For the cupcakes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 5 egg whites
For the buttercream
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼- cup water
  • Peppermints, gumdrops, licorice, packaged gingerbread men, chocolate covered peanuts
  • Red food gel, lemon yellow food gel, Violet food gel and Royal Blue food gel
  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Line 3 cupcakes pans with liners and set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine milk and vanilla.
  4. In a stand mixer, beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Add in sugar until fluffy. In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Carefully add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat eggs whites at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold eggs white into cupcake batter.
  6. Fill each cupcake liner about ⅔ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  7. For the frosting:
  8. Beat butter and shortening on medium speed until creamer. Slowly beat in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mix in salt and vanilla. Slowly mix in water adding more or less until desired consistency is achieved.
  9. Divide batter into 4 bowls. Tint one with red gel, one with yellow gel, one with violet gel and one with blue gel. Add only a pea-sized amount to start and stir. Add drops at a time until you reach your desired shade.
  10. Fill 4 piping bags. Using an 809 piping tip, top cupcakes with frosting. Garnish cupcakes wit candies as desired.
  11. Makes 36
  12. Cupcake recipe adapted from Southern Living.


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31 Responses

  1. Pinned and shared! These are truly adorable Tanya :)

  2. Aaaw, loved this story Tanya- it’s so great to see our kids grow into their own people and so glad they learned to enjoy the game again :) Oh my goodness Tanya – these are the most adorable cupcakes ever!!! I love them!

  3. LOVE THIS!! I was laughing as I read this because I felt like it could be our story. These cupcakes are just so great Tanya!!

    • I think every kid cheats at Candy Land sometime don’t they? Thank you Nancy!

  4. These are amazing, Tanya! I knew you were talented, but wow! So colorful, perfectly decorated, and creative :)

    • Awe, thank you Andi! I was so happy with how these turned out!

  5. Are you kidding me? I can’t pin these fast enough! I wish my kids were still little, they would have flipped over these.

    • You should just make them for yourself Sue!

  6. These are too cute! My oldest son just received Candy Land for Christmas and it has become a huge hit in our house. The boys would LOVE these cupcakes. Great idea!

    • Thank you Blair! I think any kid, of any age would have fun with these cupcakes!

  7. I just love these! They are so colorful and my daughter loved Candyland when she was a kid – her 33rd birthday is coming up and I think this might be what I make for her – I have her old Candyland playing board – Not only would she love it, it would be fun for my grandson too! Pinning!

    • You need to make these cupcakes for your daughter for sure! Perfect for any age! Who doesn’t love candy?

  8. Tanya I love these little cupcakes, what a fun, cute idea, its great inspiration for the “candy” birthday cake my little one is requesting for her birthday.

    • Thank you Emily! My daughter absolutely loved these and I thought they were so fun to make!

  9. I’m in love with these cupcakes and your sweet story…..there’s so much love in them!!

  10. These are so bright, cheerful and fun! Perfect for the kiddos!

  11. This is so CUTE! I can barely stand it. I loved playing candy land growing up and would sometimes cheat to make sure I got to be Queen Frostine. Don’t judge too harshly please! She’s just so pretty 😉

  12. These make me smile every time I see them! I loved Candy Land when I was growing up. I can’t wait till Kinzee wants to play!

  13. I adore these fun cupcakes – thanks much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. (Just so you know, your WP button (which we no longer use) leads to a Pinterest board and not back to the party=( Have a great week and please come again this next week.

  14. These do make me smile! Thanks for sharing with us at Marvelous Monday! I’m pinning this to my party board… oh the memories from playing this game back in the day!

  15. […] Candy Land Cupcakes from Lemons for Lulu“They are my favorite because it is the first time I made white cake from scratch that actually tasted good. But also I made them for my daughter for her 5th birthday . She and I spent countless hours playing Candy Land. I can’t help but think of her when I see these. She wants them again for her 6th birthday.” – Tanya […]


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