Grape Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes

Grape Buttercream Vanilla Cupcakes

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


14 cups All-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp Baking powder
½ tsp Salt
1 cup Sugar
½ cup Unsalted butter, softened
2 Eggs
1 ½ tsp Vanilla extract
½ cup Milk
For Frosting:
Purple sprinkles, for topping (optional)
4 RED VINES® Grape Twistscut into pieces
¼ cup Water
¼ cup Butter, softened
2 ½ cups Powered sugar
3 tbsp Heavy cream or milk


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.