Last May, I discovered the genius that was a cupcake made with Kool-Aid. I mean, seriously, there are just so many different ways that you can mix and match this method. In celebration of Valentine's Day, I thought some cheery Cherry Kool-Aid Cupcakes would be the perfect treat for my loves. Easy and festive!
1 package white cake mix (plus the ingredients to prepare per box directions)
2 packets (.13 oz each) cherry Kool-Aid
1 can cherry frosting (see below for other options)
Conversation Hearts to garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, prepare white cake mix per box directions. Then using an electric mixer, mix in both packets of cherry Kool-Aid. Poor into lined cupcake tins. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cupcakes rest 5-10 minutes in the muffin tin before removing them to finish cooling completely. Frost cooled cupcakes with cherry frosting and garnish with conversation hearts.
Ok...I have found cherry frosting at all of my local grocery stores. However, if your store doesn't carry cherry, you can either frost your cupcakes with another flavor (lemon would be delicious!), you could use another Kool-Aid and then another frosting flavor (like strawberry Kool-Aid with strawberry frosting) or you can make your own cherry frosting by stirring in another packet of cherry Kool-Aid into a can of vanilla frosting (so you would need to buy 3 packets total). No matter how you frost it, you will be in love with this simple and fun way of preparing cupcakes.
And trust me....this will be a method I'll continue to mix and match for a long, long time.