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Grape Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes featuring Grape Vines

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Who doesn't love a cupcake??
Gratify your taste buds with these Grape Vines inspired treats.

Who doesn't love a cupcake??
Gratify your taste buds with these Grape Vines inspired treats.


INGREDIENTS

1⅓ cups all-purpose flour

1½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

2 eggs

1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup milk

Purple sprinkles, for topping (optional)

 

For Frosting:

4 Red Vines® Grape Twists, cut into pieces

¼ cup water

¼ cup butter, softened

2 ½ cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk


DIRECTIONS

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

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking power 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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


SHOP GRAPE TWISTS


INGREDIENTS

1 pound concord or thomcord grapes

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

Sparkling water or club soda

3 Red Vines Grape Twists, ends trimmed


DIRECTIONS

Combine the grapes, sugar and water in a large skillet.

Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until the grapes have softened and broken down. Use a large spoon to smash the grapes against the side of the skillet. Remove from heat.

Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Pour the grapes through the strainer to collect the grape juice concentrate. Press down with a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible from the grapes. Discard the grapes and set the concentrate aside to cool. You should be left with about 6 ounces total.

Fill a glass with ice. Pour 2 ounces of grape juice concentrate into the glass and top off with sparkling water or club soda. Insert a Red Vines Grape Twist into the glass, stir, and enjoy. Store leftover grape juice concentrate in the fridge.


SHOP GRAPE VINES