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Mardi Gras Cupcakes Recipe

Mardi Gras Cupcakes Recipe

Take these simple gems to a Mardi Gras get-together and watch them disappear. Kids will love helping decorate them. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons each lemon, lime and grape gelatin powder
  • 1 can (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting
  • Purple, green and yellow sprinkles


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, sour cream, oil, sugar and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Divide evenly among three bowls.
  • 2. Stir one flavor of gelatin powder into each bowl until blended. Fill paper-lined muffin cups with a scant 2 tablespoons of each flavored batter.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with sprinkles. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake equals 301 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 218 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Mardi Gras Cupcakes

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Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"I made these cupcakes for Fat Tuesday and took them to work. All 24 were gone in 2 hours. Several co-workers asked for the recipe, also. I will definitely make them again. I will add some food coloring to pump up the color of the batter. Also, there was enough batter to make more than 24 cupcakes. My first batch was kind of overfilled."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"Fun and festive and attractive. They tasted very unique."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"These were terrible. Not one person in my family liked them. They were way too citrusy! The jello colors did not come thru at all. Oh well, you win some you lose some."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"I doubled my recipe and follwed the directions exactly. These were the best tasting cupcakes I have ever tasted. Made them for a family event and they couldn't get enough. Back home and on my way to the store for more ingredients. This time I don't have to share with 23 family members, just me and my 4. Delicious!!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"MarinaFaye, several stores in the US carry foil liners. Try a cake supply store.

kat83, Wilton carries purple sprinkle, even a container that has all 3 colors needed."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"My son thought these were pretty cool to make since the jello turns the dough colors, pretty fruity-not traditional for a cupcake but a good alternative! made these for mardi gra themed camping weekend, and gave away plenty! couldnt find any purple sprinkles where i live though"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"I have made hundreds of these...some all green (green gelatin) for St. Patricks Day, etc. I made them again this weekend...needed lots of mini about 1500 for a party, so I made several kinds of cupcakes including these in a few "jello" flavors. I really like lime jello with fresh orange juice flavored cream cheese frosting colored green...nice citrus flavors...adults eat as many as kids. Easy to make. One batch makes about 75 mini cupcakes. Just fill papers 2/3 full or this extra sticky batter will rise up and stick to the pans. These cupcakes keep well for 4-5 days. Sometimes these cupcakes sink in the middle, but that's ok..I just filled the middle with frosting and they are great...have a slightly chewy texture from the gelatin...a nice alternative to the regular cupcake texture."

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"Very pretty with a good flavor. I might try it for other holidays. maybe Easter."

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"Using the gelatin is a good way to get fruity flavor. Now I want to know where to find the nice cupcake liners in foil colors? (in BC, Canada)"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"my sewing group loved these.They were the hit of the party. everyone wanted the recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I made 24 cupcakes and asked for opinion

the results were ;moist,fun,colorful, fruity and not to sweet. very enjoyable"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Loved them! Fun to make with the kids too!"

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