Koolaid Kupcakes!

I have seen posts for Koolaid cupcakes before and I really wasn’t that intrigued. Then a young friend with a birthday coming up asked me to make them for her.  Grape specifically.  So, I was in!

Gather your supplies:

I kind of messed up from the get go on this one.  I should’ve bought sweetened Koolaid.  I didn’t and I think that is why mine didn’t turn out super purple.  Other than that, they were a success.  If you want truer colors, buy the presweetened type. 🙂

Mix for 30 seconds, scrape bowl and then beat on medium for 2 minutes:

  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup Koolaid mix (because of my snafu, I mixed in the sugar like I would be making the drink and measured out from there)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
Forget pictures, I wish I could make this scratch n sniff.  It smells SO GOOD! note: need to bake more with Koolaid

Pour into liners about 2/3 full and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes (or until they spring back when you poke them).

Again, I thought mine would be more purple, but that was just because I diluted the mix with white sugar (didn’t have any purple laying around – lol).

Now the frosting.  Pretty standard buttercream recipe but with grape-o-licious Koolaid.

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 3 T milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup Koolaid mix

Beat butter and milk.  Gradually add powdered sugar and Koolaid.  I ended up adding purple food color because it was just too light for me.

We chose to frost them solid purple and then make some white frosting to add a little pizazz.

 I had an extremely artistic helper & she deserves props for all her hard work.  I barely did anything. 

This is a very good recipe and I would make it again.  My only critique is the frosting is a wee bit grainy because of the sugar in the Koolaid.  I’m not sure if this would be better with the presweetened stuff.  I think it is finer but I’m not sure.  It wasn’t too distracting though, overall super nummy. 
Still wish you could smell it…