We have a shop near us that sells American sweets and a couple of weeks ago, there was much excitement from the kids (and maybe me) when they started to stock Kool Aid drinks sachets. They weren’t expensive so we stocked up on some flavours thinking we’d be back for more in no time – we bought strawberry lemonade, grape, pineapple, lemonade and one I can’t remember the flavour of but I know it was bright green when we made it up.
When we started to make the first one I was more than a little horrified at the amount of sugar you have to put in! For a small sachet of Kool Aid you have to add a whole cup of sugar which was just ridiculous in my eyes. I didn’t want to disappoint the kids though so I let them continue making up the grape flavoured drink with a secret plan to accidentally lose the rest or find something more fun to do with them.
I needn’t have worried though as they made it up, took one mouthful and poured the rest away declaring it ‘disgusting and undrinkable’. The drank more water in the next few minutes to take away the taste than they normally do in a day. 😉
I let them try the pineapple one a couple of days later when they both had friends around and that went the same way with only one of the five kids being able to stomach more than a little sip and a couple of days later, the green one didn’t even make it as far as the sugar being added as it looked so bad that they couldn’t bring themselves to finish even making it.
So, we now know that we’re not fans of Kool Aid as a drink but I did find a better use for the sachet of Strawberry Lemonade Kool Aid – we made Kool Aid cupcakes!
How to make Strawberry Lemonade Kool Aid cupcakes
Just in case you’re wondering, you can make Kool Aid cupcakes with any flavour Kool Aid but some flavours might have a slightly ‘tart’ taste. My first version of these was using the lemonade flavour which was a little too lemony for our liking!
3 large eggs
1 sachet Strawberry lemonade Kool Aid
A couple of drops of vanilla essence
2 tablespoons milk
150g plain flour
Preheat the oven to around 200’c
Kool Aid cupcakes are pretty easy to make and basically follow the same recipe that you’d use for a normal sponge cake with the addition of the Kool Aid.
- Cream the sugar and softened butter.
- Beat in the eggs.
- Add the vanilla essence, the Kool Aid sachet and the milk and give it a good whisk.
- Fold in the flour bit by bit.
- Spoon your batter into cupcake cases and pop in the oven until they cakes are springy to the touch and are starting to go slightly golden on top. Mine took about 15 minutes.
When they’re completely cool you can ice them with some normal vanilla buttercream icing or cream cheese frosting. I wouldn’t do anything fancy with the flavour of the icing as the flavour of the cakes is quite strong as it is.
Me and the kids loved them but Mr Frugal wasn’t a fan and said that if I was blogging the recipe for our Kool Aid cupakes then I should say to you that the flavour is like marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it. How rude 😉
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