Artificial Grape Cupcakes


Yes, that is indeed a purple cupcake. KC likes the taste of purple. Purple tastes like “grape.”

I said I’d make them if he could find me the flavoring. Foot. Mouth. Hello, grape cupcakes. (*No grapes were harmed in the writing of this blog post.)


So a bit surpringsly, these cupcakes were far from terrible. And they also happened to end up a pretty shade of lavender. I’d venture to say that you can use this recipe with any other flavoring that you might want. Such flavorings generally tend to be for candy making, but they seem to fare just fine in this kind of situation. Heck, use this recipe without anything other than plain vanilla, which is what the original calls for anyway. It’s a moist sour cream cake with a tender crumb, and the buttercream frosting is made of butter, so there’s no way to go wrong with that one either.


Artificial Grape Cupcakes | Based on Sour Cream Cake from Joy of Cooking | Makes about 14 cupcakes


  • 1 3/4 c. Flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 5 tbl. Butter
  • 1 c. Sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp. Grape flavoring
  • 1 c. Sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp. Cream of Tartar


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line baking tin with paper liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cream together butter and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks and flavoring.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating in additions of flour with additions of the sour cream.
  5. In a separate bowl, using clean beaters, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until still but not dry.
  6. Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  7. Bake about 20-25 minutes.

Grape frosting – Take your favorite buttercream, cream cheese, or other neutral-flavored frosting and add the artificial grape flavoring to your taste. I used about 2 tsp in my batch.


2 Responses

  1. i love when you bake purple things.

  2. how pretty!

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