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…