Sweet and sour grape cupcakes are a huge hit with the kids! The purple frosting and cake are full of grape flavor.
I am the worst school mom in the history of school moms.
The funny thing is, people automatically assume that I am a wonderful school mom. I guess I give off some kind of a good-school-mom-vibe, without even realizing it. Or maybe it’s just the cross all of us middle aged, yoga pant wearing, SUV driving women have to bear. Yoga pants + SUV + ballet flats + grey hairs carefully camouflaged by ombré balyage = Good School Mom Uniform
Although I am well aware that I am a Bad School Mom, I usually can at least keep up with the most minimal tasks required to keep up appearances. Selling candy bars? That’s a firm NO. But showing up at my son’s assembly? I’ll be there. I might have complained to my husband a little (why is my son’s class ALWAYS LAST?! Can I not just be given a time for HIS SPECIFIC PART??), but I’m there.
So you can imagine my surprise the other evening when I had a few of Jon David’s friends and their parents over and someone mentioned the Open House several nights earlier.
The Open House that I not only did not attend, but was not even aware of.
“What Open House?” I asked, and I watched the other two moms immediately exchange A LOOK. It is best described as alarm mixed with judgement. I would know — I practically invented this look.
“Aren’t you on the PTA Facebook page?” one of them asked. Ummmm…that would be a no. Strangely enough, I am allergic to the PTA. Not that I don’t see the necessity of it and appreciate the people who are involved. But I liken it to being a plumber. Do I appreciate plumbers? Without a doubt, most certainly. But I’m not going to take it up as a profession myself. Because as it turns out, in addition to being allergic to the PTA, I’m also allergic to other people’s poop.
“Didn’t you get the voicemail?” the other mom asked. Ummmm…also a no. Do people actually check their voicemails these days because I kind of thought we agreed as a society to just stop doing that? Am I on a different page as everyone else, orrrrr…?? Gosh, this is awkward.
Both women rushed to assure me that I really hadn’t “missed anything,” which just further confirmed my suspicions that they are actually much better humans than me. Not only are they Good School Moms, but they also care enough about my feelings of self-worth to lie straight to my face. And what do I have to offer?
These cupcakes are particularly fun for kiddos, as they are packed with the type of grape flavor we usually associate with gum or candy. The frosting is just the right amount of sour, and I topped them with a sprinkle of sugar for a sour-sweet flavor.
So SO fun!! They almost make up for my failures as a human being.
- 1 box (roughly 18 oz) white cake mix
- 1 box (3 oz) grape Jell-O powder
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs
- 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
- 4 Tablespoons warm water
- 1 package grape Kool-Aid (unsweetened)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 24 red/purple grapes, granulated sugar for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, combine cake mix, jell-o, milk, vegetable oil, and eggs. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat on medium speed for two minutes. Add purple food coloring for more vibrant color, if desired.
- Fill prepared muffin tins 2/3 full. Place pans in the oven and immediately change temperature to 350. Bake for roughly 15 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Let cool completely on wire racks.
- Prepare frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth. Add grape Kool-aid and powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the water -- beat for one minute on high speed.
- Frost cooled cupcakes. Top with a grape and a sprinkle of granulated sugar.
Enjoy and have a great day!