When Kirsten and I planned a purple picnic for our girls to celebrate Purple Day, purple cupcakes were on the menu. And since I’ve become quite the baker these days, I wanted to try my hand at a new cake recipe.
So as I perused the aisles of my favorite Publix supermarket to pick another box of King Arthur Cake Flour, I spotted a special low price for Publix Grape Soda (2 for $1) and then my wheels got to spinning. How could I do something really different besides a plain ol’ white cake with purple frosting? I’ve heard of cupcakes with Mountain Dew as an ingredient, but can you make cupcakes with grape soda? With a quick Google search in supermarket (yet another reason to love smart phones), I stumbled upon a Grape Soda Cupcakes by The Kitchen Magpie.
Once I purchased all my ingredients including Publix Grape Soda and a package of purple Peeps, I had a little look around The Kitchen Magpie later that day and I adored her site, her stories and all her recipes. However, for this particular recipe, I had to tweak it a bit because the directions were hard for me to follow as it was written like she was telling the recipe over the phone to a friend rather than actual directions. Since I’m new to cooking and baking, I lack the intuitiveness that most bakers have (or are even born with) to know how create a cake masterpiece. Therefore, I had to really read through it, understand it and reword it to where I could follow it with ease.
With my modifications, I also used less purple food coloring than the original recipe stated as I was trying to limit my kids’ overexposure to Red #40 and Blue #1.
In the end, I had the grape soda cupcakes I hoped for our Purple Day Picnic and the results were perfectly purplicious and delicious.
Grape Soda Cupcakes
(Adapted from The Kitchen Magpie)
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 cups cake flour
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp of salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 ¾ cups Publix Brand Grape Soda
Neon Food coloring pack
24 cupcake liners
Butter cream frosting
Purple Peeps or purple cake sprinkles
In a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add vanilla.
Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in another bowl.
If using purple liquid food coloring, add a few drops to the egg batter to achieve desired color. (Add a few drops for a lavender shade. Add more drops for a darker violet shade.)
Then add the flour mixture and grape soda to the batter in mixer, alternating and ending with the flour mixture.
Ladle batter into cupcake liners about three-quarters full.
Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. Cool completely.
Once cooled, add icing and decorate as desired.
Yields 24 cupcakes.
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