Best Grape Soda Cupcakes

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
3 grape soda cupcakes on a white plate with another cupcake and a purple and white cloth in the background

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Best Grape Soda Cupcakes are so much fun. They’re perfect for a pool party, birthday party, baby shower or just because you want to serve something fun.

3 grape soda cupcakes on a white plate with another cupcake and a purple and white cloth in the background

The Best Grape Soda Cupcakes recipe produces a really moist cake, and is one of my favorite easy dessert recipes. The grape soda not only adds flavor but also, the combination of soda and a standard box of cake mix results in a super moist and tender cake.


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What We Love About This Soda Cupcakes Recipe

  • 30 Minute Dessert: Starting with a box cake mix makes it so quick and simple for this sweet treat.
  • Easy Ingredients: All staple ingredients found in the pantry for this moist cupcake recipe.
  • Family Friendly: These grape soda cupcakes are delicious treats and will be the hit of the party.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb or dairy free, etc.
ingredients needed to make grape cupcakes

Ingredient Notes for Grape Flavored Cake

  • White Cake Mix: Usually, any flavor will do but for this recipe, white box cake mix is best.
  • Vegetable Oil: A neutral flavored oil.
  • Egg Whites: Not the whole egg, separate the whites.
  • Grape Soda: A can of soda, any brand you drink. Try your favorite soda.
  • Grape Jell-O: A sugar free jello can be used for this simple recipe.
  • Purple Food Coloring
  • Butter
  • Vanilla Extract: imitation extract can be used.
  • Powdered sugar: Icing sugar.
  • Half and half: Whole milk can be used.
4 grape crush soda cupcakes on a white cake stand with a purple ribbon wrapped around it

Equipment Needed for this Fun Treat

How to Make Grape Flavored Cake

These are the basic steps for making grape soda cupcakes. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions for these moist cupcakes.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and then spray or line a standard muffin tin.

a collage of 4 images showing the steps needed to make the batter for soda cupcakes

STEP 2: MIX

Add cake mix to a large mixing bowl. Using a hand or stand mixer, add in your oil, egg whites, and soda, and mix on medium speed until well incorporated. Mix in 1/2-3/4 of the jello. (Please note we added a few drops of purple food coloring because weirdly, the jello made the batter turn grey.)

Step 3: BAKE

Add batter into the muffin tin until each is about 2/3 full. Then, bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

STEP 3: FROSTING FOR CUTE CUPCAKES

Next,  in a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter and beat until light and fluffy. Then, mix in the vanilla extract, salt and jello. Blend the half and half, or milk, and grape soda together. Slowly add powdered sugar and the liquid mixture until creamy.

a collage of 4 images showing the steps needed to make the grape frosting to decorate the grape soda cupcakes

STEP 4: DECORATE DELICIOUS CUPCAKES

Lastly, add food coloring and pipe frosting on cupcakes. Add your purple sanding sugar and straw as a perfect topping.

Prep and Storage Tips for Grape Pop Cupcakes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Frosted cupcakes and ones with any filling retain the best quality for 2 to 4 days, while plain unfrosted cupcakes keep for up to a week on the counter. Therefore, do not prepare too far in advance.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Always store in an airtight container or wrapped well with plastic wrap to store these cute cupcakes.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

If you need to freeze your cupcakes, place them in an airtight container for up to three months.

Frequently Asked Questions about this Grape Flavored Cake

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try using a gluten free cake mix or a low fat or low caloric cake mix. Also, the best part is sugar substitute can be used to create the frosting. Diet soda can also be used.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT SODA?

Of course, try making cream soda flavor cupcakes or orange soda cupcakes with orange crush soda frosting in place of crush grape soda.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, adjust this recipe by doubling the recipe or make a half batch if you need to.

HOW DO YOU GET THE BEST CUPCAKES?

Always use room temperature ingredients, they blend better. Do not skimp on the quality of your ingredients, they matter; and finally, use a good quality cupcake tin and liner. They insulate better and allow you a better finished product.

3 grape soda cupcakes on a white plate with another cupcake and a purple and white cloth in the background

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Sprinkles: Use fun sprinkles and fun cupcake toppers.
  • Jell-O Adjustments:  We suggest for kids to use ½ the jello in the mixes and ½ in the frosting. For adults, use ¾ of the jello in the mixes and ¼ in the frosting.
  • Short cut tip: Make the cupcakes in advance and keep them wrapped well and frost before you need them.
  • Variation tip: Cream Soda or root beer are also great soda replacements.

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3 grape soda cupcakes on a white plate with another cupcake and a purple and white cloth in the background

Best Grape Soda Cupcakes

5 from 5 votes
Best Grape Soda Cupcakes are so much fun. They're perfect for a pool party, birthday party or just because you want to serve something fun.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 ¼-1 ¾ cups grape soda
  • *grape Jello divided
  • Grape food coloring
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks salted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon half and half or whole milk not pictured
  • 2 tablespoons grape soda
  • *Grape Jello divided
  • Grape food coloring optional
  • Paper straws optional
  • Purple sanding sugar optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or line a standard muffin tin.
  • Add cake mix to a large mixing bowl. Using a hand or stand mixer, add in your oil, egg whites, and soda, and mix on medium until well incorporated. Mix in *1/2-3/4 of the jello. (Please note we added a few drops of purple food coloring because weirdly, the jello made the batter turn grey.)
  • Add batter into the muffin tin until each is about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • Directions for Frosting:
  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand or stand mixer, cream the butter and beat until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  • Mix in the vanilla extract and salt.
  • Mix in the remaining jello.
  • Mix the half and half or milk and grape soda together. (If you don’t, the carbonation in the soda will break your frosting)
  • Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, while adding a bit of the liquid mixture from Step 6 in between each cup. Continue to mix for 1-2 minutes or until creamy and forms stiff peaks, but don’t overmix!
  • Add in food coloring if desired. Start with 1-2 drops and mix. Continue until color is achieved. Prepare piping bag and fill bag with frosting.
  • Frost your cupcakes. Add your purple sanding sugar and straw if desired.

Expert Tips

  • Sprinkles: Use fun sprinkles and fun cupcake toppers.
  • Jell-O Adjustments:  We suggest for kids to use ½ the jello in the mixes and ½ in the frosting. For adults, use ¾ of the jello in the mixes and ¼ in the frosting.
  • Short cut tip: Make the cupcakes in advance and keep them wrapped well and frost before you need them.
  • Variation tip: Cream Soda or root beer are also great soda replacements.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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