Sour Patch Kids Cake

by Erin

Get a serious sweet-and-sour fix with this Sour Patch Kids Cake. Lemon cake, lemon frosting and a ton of Sour Patch Kids!

Sour Patch Kids Cake #lemoncake #thespiffycookie

More new nephew (newphew?) news! His name is Griffin Watson, born at 10:46 pm on 7/1/14 (at least in California), and weighed in at 6lbs 11 oz, 20.5 inches. Here’s another cute picture of my nephew that my brother shared. I cannot wait to see a picture of Luke and Griffin together! 

To celebrate I am giving you cake. Sour Patch Kid covered cake to be exact. The cake itself is lemon flavored, as is the frosting, and is decorated with Sour Patch Kid gummies and covered in any remnant Sour Patch sweet-but-sour sugar that collected at the bottom of the bag. “First they’re sour, then they’re sweet” indeed. Hopefully Griffin will be mostly sweet rather than sour, just like his big brother :-).

Sour Patch Kids Lemon Layer Cake

This cake was actually made for a friend’s birthday. As you can guess when he told me he loved citrus things and Sour Patch Kids I took him at his word and made a lemony-Sour Patch covered cake. And he loved it!

The inside was actually rainbow colored just like the surprise-rainbow lemon cake I shared awhile back (the method for creating that design ends up making 2 full cakes) which made it even more fun. The recipe here however does not reflect that method as I have left that secret to be discovered in the Surprise-Inside Cakes cookbook. If you haven’t checked it out yet you must!

One year ago: Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles

Two years ago: Shortbread Cookies


Serves 12-16



1 box white cake mix

3 eggs, room temperature

1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tsp lemon extract

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup vanilla or plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)


8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tsp lemon extract

4 cups powdered sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice, if needed

1 (1.9 lb.) bag Sour Patch Kids, excess powder at the bottom of bag reserved


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two 8-inch cake pans (or three 6-inch cake pans).
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, lemon juice, extract, milk and yogurt until smooth. Sift in cake mix.
  3. Divide evenly between prepared baking pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes (25-28 minutes for 6-inch) or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  4. While the cake cools, prepare the frosting. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until blended. Add the sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated. Add the lemon extract. Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice or more powdered sugar to reach desired consistency. Store in the refrigerator until somewhat stiff before using. (May be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.)
  5. Once the cake is cool, slice off the top to level if necessary. Frost the top of one cake, stack the other on top and finish frosting. Decorate with sour patch kids and sprinkle with excess sour patch powder (from the bottom of the bag).

Source: Cake adapted from Rainbow-Surprise Lemon Cake.

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Madelyn December 4, 2022 - 4:27 pm

Hi, My name is Madelyn and i was wondering you think it would be fine if i melted the sour patch kids in the frosting or the cake. Would it have the same texture and taste fine. Thank You.

Erin December 5, 2022 - 7:52 am

Hi Madelyn, I have never melted sour patch kids before so I am not entirely sure. I assume it would taste fine but likely would impact the texture as they are gelatinous.

Jatyah November 22, 2019 - 11:06 am

Hi my name is jatyah I don’t no how to do it

spiffycookie November 22, 2019 - 2:32 pm

Hi Jatyah. Could you explain which step you are having trouble with?

Christine May 15, 2019 - 8:28 am

If I frost this the night before, would it need to be refrigerated?
Thank you!

spiffycookie May 15, 2019 - 11:01 am

Since it has cream cheese in it my instinct is yes you should refrigerate it – turns out my instinct is correct see this article:

Devin Campbell July 15, 2016 - 2:22 am

Hi, just so you know the second step says to add sour cream is that a typo?

spiffycookie July 15, 2016 - 8:14 am

Ack good catch! The original recipe used sour cream but I prefer to use Greek yogurt. I’ve fixed it,t hanks for letting me know.

caroline April 4, 2019 - 9:59 am

Is it ok to use 2 9” pans?

spiffycookie April 4, 2019 - 10:56 am

Yes of course, just shorten the baking time as they will be a little thinner.

Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T April 16, 2016 - 8:25 pm

This cake is so awesome! My family LOVES sour patch kids. :) Pinning!!!

spiffycookie April 17, 2016 - 9:48 am

Woo thanks so much Jullie! I was a huge hit among my friends.

Janice April 15, 2016 - 10:01 pm

Very cute! I’m totally addicted to sour candies like Sour Patch Kids. I probably should stop eating them though because I suspect the acid is ruining my teeth. I can’t help it. I love candy so much! Your friend’s kid is very lucky to have gotten this cake for their birthday ;)

spiffycookie April 17, 2016 - 9:49 am

It was my friend’s birthday, not a kid! Even adults can enjoy ;-)

natalie@thesweetslife July 7, 2014 - 9:41 pm

this is so cute!! I love the rainbow of the sour patch kids!

Amy @ Fearless Homemaker July 5, 2014 - 8:33 am

Congratulations!! And how awesome is this cake?! AMAZING!

Leah | So, How's It Taste? July 3, 2014 - 8:44 pm

How cute is this! I love sour patch kids. I would devour this cake!

Baby June July 3, 2014 - 10:54 am

What a cute idea! Love it! :)

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) July 3, 2014 - 10:47 am

This cake is absolutely unreal! I think I just fell in love with sour patch kids again!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 3, 2014 - 8:51 am

Omg!! This is so fun!


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