Monday, February 21, 2011

Fruit Punch Cupcakes

These cupcakes were an experiment.

I wanted to bake something to take for the Church fellowship dinner the Sunday before Valentine's Day.  I had some cute Valentine Cupcake Liners but the yellow cake mix I had just didn't seem festive enough.

I did some brainstorming.  Actually as I was looking at my baking cupboard, my Great Value Fruit Punch "Crystal Light" caught my eye.  And that was it.

The recipe below is changed a bit from how I made the icing.  I put a whole container of the powder in the icing and, MAN, did it have some PUNCH to it.  I'd cut that in half if I were making it again.

Fruit Punch Cupcakes

1Yellow or White Cake Mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs
1 tub Fruit Punch Drink Mix (1 tub makes 2 qts of drink)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Put cake mix and Fruit Punch powder in mixing bowl and mix.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well for 2 minutes.

Line muffin tins with papers and fill 2/3 full with cake mixture.

Bake for 18-22 minutes.

Cool completely.

Fruit Punch Icing

1/2 cup Crisco
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar
1/2 tub Fruit Punch Drink Mix (don't use whole tub unless you want some major PUNCH!)

Combine the first 4 ingredient in a mixing bowl and mix well. Add powdered sugar a bit at a time until you get a nice fluffy consistency. Add Fruit Punch Drink Mix and mix well.  Add more milk if needed. Beat on high until light and fluffy.

Put icing into a ziplock bag to pipe the icing on the cupcakes. Start with a dollop in the center and then start on the outside edge and work toward the middile and up over the center. This gives it some height.

Next I'm going to try Raspberry Lemonade or Grape!

Let me know if you give these a try.  It was a lot of fun to experiment.

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  1. i bet my girls would love these! they look so pretty too!

  2. It's the simplest ideas that we just never think of - well, I mean *I* don't think of! What a color on those cuppycakes! Definitely tucking this one away in the "make these soon" mental file.


  3. Yum! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I will be trying these soon. I found you from Skip to My Lou. I would love for you to check out my blog!


  4. What a fun cupcake! My teenagers would love them!
    Thanks for adding them to Cupcake Tuesday!

  5. Love the color of the punch cupcakes!

  6. These look fabulous! What a great idea! I am definitely going to try these. They are so pretty, my grand kids will love them. Thanks for sharing. I found you from Tea Rose Home, and love your blog. Would love it if you would stop by mine sometime.


  7. what a great color! i'm sure they were tasty!!

  8. These look lovely and sound delicious. Love that vibrant color on those cupcakes.


  9. Hi Coletta,
    Our Youth Group will be getting these cupcakes for their treat next week. They really look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing them with us at FULL PLATE THURSDAY and we look forward to seeing you next week!

  10. These look so out of the box beautiful! I don't make fruit punch so I am ignorant of its properties. Does the mix just require adding water or do you add sugar too? If it already has sugar, wouldn't that make the cupcakes too sweet?

  11. What a creative idea. It sounds like a tasty treat. I hope you'll come by and link them up to Sweets for a Saturday #6.

  12. Hi again....I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March--the theme is Cookies. Would you like to join in for the fun? It doesn' have to be a new post on your blog. You can pick your favorite cookie from your previous post too. All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!


  13. Congratulations Coletta, you are featured on Full Plate Thursday. You are welcome to stop by and pick up your Red Plate. Hope to see you soon.

  14. Can you tell me how much powdered sugar you have to add to the frosting? It doesn't say. Thank you.


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