Can you even handle how much these look like corn?? I couldn't handle it as I started spotting them online (here and here for example), and you know I will attempt any sort of baked good that blows my mind. They seemed perfect for Memorial Day weekend, but would also be appropriate at any summer BBQ sooooo... off you go, to your local candy store for jelly beans. Buy some coke bottle gummies while you're there. Run don't walk, trip don't fall, what?
I made Mascarpone Cupcakes with a Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting (1 cup unsalted room temp butter, 1 lb. powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp vanilla paste, 2 T milk) and then lightly colored the frosting pale yellow. For the jelly beans, I used yellow (pina colada), white (french vanilla) and a darker, speckled gold (banana). The pats of butter are lemon Starbursts that I flattened with my fingers. Finally, on the top I sprinkled some white and green sanding sugar to reflect salt and Italian herbs. As they began to take shape, I could feel the stupid grin creep up my face and my body started twitching into a happy dance. I don't like the term "foodie" but I do like to call myself a FOOD GEEK.
GAH!! FOOD NERD CAN'T HANDLE!!