You know what should not be left original? Frosting! The more you tweak it, the better it is. Did you know that you can give some zip to your icing by adding Kool-Aid? Yep it's true. The sugar drink we all loved as children, has more creative uses. It really kicks up the flavor, and it is super easy to add. All you have do is just pour and stir. It's definitely tangy so, you might want to add it gradually until you find your desired taste. I decided to make watermelon cupcakes since it's summer, and I had a packet of watermelon cherry Kool-Aid lying around. Enjoy!
You will need:
For the cake:
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp watermelon flavor oil (or 1/2 tsp. extract)
2 1/2 cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup cold water
4 egg whites
|Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, and line muffin tins.|
In a stand mixer, combine sugar and shortening until creamy.
|Add watermelon flavoring|
|Whip egg whites on high, until stiff peaks are formed.|
|Add food coloring to cake batter, and fold in the egg whites.|
|Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow cupcakes to completely on a wire rack.|
For the Icing:
Vanilla buttercream frosting (prepared)
1 Kool-Aid packet (any flavor)
|Pour desired amount of Kool-Aid into frosting |
and mix until well blended. Add food coloring.
|Pipe frosting on cooled cupcake, and accent with black sprinkles.|