Grape Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes

Grape Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes

Grape Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes

With Red Vines® Candy

grape buttercream vanilla cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • Purple sprinkles, for topping (optional)

FROSTING:

01. Preheat Oven and Combine Ingredients

Preheat your oven to 350˚F and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.

Beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the eggs until well combined, then add the vanilla extract.

mixing cupcake ingredients

02. Mix Ingredients

Turn your mixer to low. Add in half of the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.

Add the milk, followed by the rest of the dry ingredients. Stir by hand or beat on low until the ingredients are just combined.

Be careful not to over-mix or your cupcakes will come out dense instead of light and fluffy.

03. Bake Cupcakes and Melt Red Vines Grape Twists

Spoon the cupcake batter into the muffin tin slots, filling each about ¾ full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow the cupcakes to sit for 10 minutes, then transfer them to your counter top or a wire rack to cool.

To make the frosting, combine the Red Vines Grape Licorice Twists and a splash of water in a skillet over low heat.

Cook until the candy is melted, adding more water to prevent it from sticking to the pan, about 10 minutes.

When done, it should be the consistency of jelly.

melting red vines candy

04. Make Frosting

In a large bowl, beat the butter on low until creamy. Add in the melted Red Vines Grape Twists and some of the confectioners sugar and beat until well combined.

Add a tablespoon of milk or cream and the rest of the confectioners sugar and continue to beat. Add enough heavy cream to achieve a smooth, spreadable consistency.

grape buttercream frosting

05. Frost Cupcakes with Grape Buttercream Frosting

Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Top each with sprinkles.

grape buttercream frosting on vanilla cupcake

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Red Vines Donut Holes

Red Vines Donut Holes

Red Vines Donut Holes

With Red Vines® Candy

red vines donut holes

Ingredients

  • 1⅓ cups all purpose flour

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder

  • r½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

01. Mix Donut Batter and Bake for 16–17 Minutes

Preheat oven to 375F degrees and spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In a smaller bowl, combine the milk, vanilla extract, melted butter, and egg. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix to fully combine.

Add a tablespoon of donut batter to each mini muffin tin slot. Bake for 16 to 17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a donut hole comes out clean. When cool enough to handle, transfer the donut holes to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

donut hole batter

02. Melt Red Vines Filling

While the donut holes bake, make the filling.

Combine the Red Vines Original Red Licorice Twists, water, and sugar in a skillet over medium-low heat.

Simmer, stirring frequently, until the Red Vines have completely softened and broken down, about 10 minutes.

Scoop the melted Red Vines into a piping bag fitted with a circular tip.

red vines donut hole filling

03. Fill Donut Holes & Cover in Cinnamon Sugar

Using a sharp paring knife, make a small “X” in the bottom of each donut hole and fill with the melted Red Vines.

Melt the butter for the topping in a small bowl and combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

filling donut holes
covering donut holes in sugar
red vines donut holes

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Granola Bars

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Granola Bars

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Granola Bars

With Red Vines® Candy

dark chocolate almond butter granola bars

Ingredients

Makes 8 Granola Bars

 

  • ½ cup raw sliced almonds, chopped into small pieces

  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips or pieces, divided

  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 1½ cups rice crisp cereal

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

01. Combine Dry Ingredients

Line an 8 x 8 x 2 baking pan with parchment paper.  

In a large bowl, combine the almonds, ¼ cup chocolate chips, rolled oats, rice crisp cereal, and salt.

granola bar ingredients

02. Melt Ingredients Over Low Heat

In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, almond butter, honey, and vanilla over low heat.

When melted and combined, transfer the almond butter mixture to your food processor along with the dates and Red Vines Made Simple Berry Twists pieces.

Run the food processor until a chunky paste is formed.  

making granola bars

03. Combine All Ingredient Mixtures and Refrigerate

Scoop the almond butter/date mixture into the bowl to join the dry ingredients.

Mix the ingredients together with your hands until everything is well incorporated. Press the mixture into the baking pan and chill in the refrigerator for an hour, or until set.  

homemade granola bars

04. Drizzle Dark Chocolate

Melt the remaining ¼ cup of chocolate chips and drizzle it over the granola mixture, then return it to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, until the chocolate has hardened.  

dark chocolate almond butter granola bars

05. Slice Granola Into Bars

Lift up the corners of the parchment paper to transfer the granola block to a cutting board. Slice into bars and enjoy immediately or store in the fridge.

dark chocolate almond butter granola bars

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