Kool Aid Frosting

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Kool Aid Frosting-so many flavors=so many possibilities!

Use Kool-Aid drink mix to add flavor and color to frosting-the possibilities are endless!

I while back I saw a pin on Pinterest for Frosting using Jello. It stuck in my head that I would use it the next time one of the kids needed cup cakes for something.

Fast forward to today. Grace, my youngest comes home from school and states that I need to make cupcakes for her class.

Sounds good to me. So off I go in search of the recipe for the Jello frosting. I found a few versions but the reviews were all over the place. I’m all about experimenting on kids but I can’t send something that might turn out awful. Then I found a thread on a forum and they say something about have you thought about using Kool-Aid?

More searching, more reading, then I found Infinitely Loopy. Reading her recipe over I knew this one had the best chance for success. It’s a buttercream.

Use Kool-Aid drink mix to add flavor and color to frosting-the possibilities are endless!

This frosting went perfect with my White Butter Cake recipe.

Kool-aid Frosting
from Infinitely Loopy

Kool Aid Frosting

Yield: enough to frost 36 cupcakes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) softened
  • 6 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package Kool-aid unsweetened drink mix


  1. I mixed my milk with the kool-aid mix to make sure any lumps might be dissolved.
  2. Combine butter, milk-koolaid mix, salt and half of sugar in mixing bowl, on low speed. Once all combined slowly add rest of sugar. Once all combined, turn mixer up to high and whip for 5 minutes. Scrape down sides and mix just to combine.



I wasn’t thrilled with the color of the black cherry mix but let me tell you, the flavor! It was like drinking a glass of Kool-Aid on a really hot day. And the tang, sour, cherry flavor, it’s like an explosion in your mouth.


This recipe is a definite keeper and I can’t wait to try a few of the other flavors like blue-raspberry or the invisible ones. I can just imagine my kids biting into a cupcake with white icing and getting the surprise of grape or strawberry.

Want more kid friendly ideas?

 Birthday Blondies because everything is better with sprinkles!
White Trash Snack mix-a little sweet, a little salty, a lot of yum!
 Jello Swirled Cupcakes with Jello Swirled Buttercream
Popcorn Bars-sweet, salty and buttery combine for an easy treat, perfect for any occasion!
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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Nice one. thanks for sharing !!
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  2. Hi, I am a new follower. I love food blogs, can’t wait to read more.

  3. I will be trying this the next time I make cupcakes. I love it! Pinning it now.

  4. Thanks for the recipe and for your post! I am looking forward to making this recipe for my boys. Pinning it, too! ~ Kara from Cookies in the Cupboard

  5. I love this idea! Jordan would love it. I am so into trying the invisible ones too!

  6. Thanks for the recipe, it sounds great!
    **tweeting your post =)

  7. Love this idea … and somehow must not have seen it on Pinterest?!? I’m pinning it now! 🙂

  8. So creative! love this idea

  9. I’ve used Crystal Light to flavor both cupcakes and the icing. It is really fun to experiment with the different flavors 🙂

    Here’s my TMTT:



  10. Never would have thought about putting Kool-Aid in my frosting. Definitely going to have to try it out.

  11. i wonder if its similar to the duncan hines frosting packets?? pretty color frosting too!

    • I’ve never bought the Duncan Hines packets, will have to check them out.

    • I was thinking the same thing as Sugarswings. I recently tried the cotton candy flavored DH mixins and the powder reminded me of kool-aid. The frosting turned out great – reminded me of blue cotton candy! I can’t wait to try sing the kool-aid flavors now!

  12. What a great idea! Oh the flavor combinations you can do. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

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  14. This looks fantastic! I have featured it this week on Makin’ You Crave Monday – so come on by & check it out – and I’d love to have you link up again this week!! ~Crystal, MrsHappyHomemaker.com

  15. Mary Hudak-Collins says:

    What a brilliant idea! I’ll have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing 🙂 If you’re interested, I would love to have you share this recipe in my hop this week. The linky is open until midnight tonight ☺

  16. I am inspired to try this in whipped topping instead of buttercream! We shall see if it works with that as well.

  17. How awesome is it that you can flavor frosting with Kool-Aid! I love this idea and can’t wait to try it! This is my something new that I learned for the day. 🙂

  18. This looks so good! I found you from the feature at Cups by Kim. I think I must follow your blog if you love chocolate like I love chocolate. =)

    • Shatzi, thanks for stopping in! I’ve tried to live by chocolate alone but found that it tastes much better when savored after a good meal, lol, or even just a club sandwich! But I do love chocolate!

  19. Anonymous says:

    THANKS for this! My kid told me today she wants a chocolate cake with GRAPE flavored frosting (ick!) – i want to try to make it, though. You’re only a kid once!

    I was thinking i’d try the koolaid in the buttercream, it’s nice to see that someone has already thought of this, too, and tried it! Makes me more ready to experiment! 🙂

  20. i have been doing this for several years and it is yummy I have also used kool-aid to flavor my no bake cheese cakes and home made ice cream, I even made a pink cake for my daughters birthday with Kool-aid frosting to match

  21. Eddie Shuck Jr says:

    Hi, thank you so much for sharing this. I found a recipe for Peanut Butter bread but made a cake with it instead and was looking for a grape icing to go on top, this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again.

  22. This recipe really caught my eye, been looking for some sort of topping using Kool Aid or Crystal Light.
    Since I’m Diabetic and like some sort of ‘treat’ now and then, I’d like to see if I can somehow modify the recipe using Splenda or some other non-sugar ingredient. (maybe whipp the splenda into a fine powder?) Any ideas??
    I’m wondering how this would turn out using it as a flavoring in Cool Whip as well ?? Hmmmm

  23. Where do I find invisible Kool aid? I looked at a Wal-mart Super Center but I didn’t find any. I would like to make a cake with white frosting but thought it would be great if it were flavored.

  24. Does this flavoring method work with pre-made/canned frosting? im planning on making cupcakes this weekend for my dormitory 😀

  25. Thought you’d like to know- I made a strawberry cake and used this recipe for a lemonade frosting. Oh my goodness was it delicious! Thanks for your help! 🙂

  26. This looks amazing! I have a friend that adores strawberry and I want to try this to make super strawberry cupcakes! I hope it won’t be too sour though.

  27. This looks amazing! I have a friend that adores strawberry and I want to try this to make super strawberry cupcakes! I hope it won’t be too sour though.

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