Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sunday Sweets #6 Grape Cupcakes

I love artificial grape flavoured sweets and after getting hold of some grape jam from Selfridges at the weekend I decided to have a go at making some grape flavoured cupcakes.  I love the raspberry and white chocolate recipe from the Primrose Bakery cookbook so decided to use this as the basis from my grape cupcakes.  I always alter this recipe slightly as I prefer using plain flour and baking powder and find I get better results.  I love the way orange and purple look together and as these were made around Halloween time the end results are slightly spooooooky!

110g unsalted butter
180g caster sugar
2 large eggs
245g plain flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons grape jam

for the icing
100g white chocolate broken into pieces
110g unsalted butter
60ml semi skimmed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
500g icing sugar
3 tablespoons double cream
few drops of food colouring of your choice

  • Line a 12 hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.  Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4 
  • Cream the butter and sugar until pale and smooth.  Add the eggs one at a time mixing for a few minutes after each addition.
  • Pour the milk into a jug and add the vanilla extract.  Add one third of the flour to the creamed mixture and beat well.  Pour in one third of the milk and beat again. Repeat until all the flour and milk have been added.
  •  Gently fold in the grape jam until most of it is combined.  The idea is to have some jam streaks running through the mixture rather than evenly coloured batter.
  • Spoon the mixture into the cases filling them about two thirds full.  Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until slightly raised and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and leave the cakes in their tins for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. 

  • Once they have cooled completely use an apple corer and carefully removed the centre of each cupcake.  I added a big squirt of grape jam and replaced the cake plug.

This is the grape jam/jelly I used, yum!

  •  Make a batch of white chocolate icing,  I added grape flavouring to mine but you don't need to they taste just as good without.  The grape flavouring tastes of the artificial grape flavouring used in many american sweets which I LOVE!  Details of the flavouring used can be found at the bottom of the post.
  • Beat the butter, milk, vanilla extract and half the icing sugar together until smooth.  Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat again until the buttercream is smooth and creamy.
  • Melt the chocolate, put it in a jug and microwave on a medium heat for 30 seconds, stir and then microwave for a further 30 seconds.  Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and is smooth.  Allow to cool
  • Once the chocolate has cooled combine all the ingredients and beat well until smooth and creamy.  It is best to use this icing immediately.  If it begins to stiffen too much soften with a little more double cream or heat in the microwave for 10 seconds beating well again before using.

  • Ice the cupcakes however takes your fancy, I love Wilton's 1M nozzle - it's perfect for cupcakes!  Add a few sprinkles to the freshly iced cupcakes as a finishing touch!

I used this grape flavouring from LorAnn Oils, it's super concentrated so you only need to use a tiny drop.  You can buy it here along with many other amazing flavours.



  1. These look amazing! You are such a talented baker Sarah!

  2. On my goodness, want! These are beautiful.

    Efia @


  3. These look so good! I've never tried white chocolate frosting so shall be giving that a go soon x

  4. These sound lovely, I have never tried grape jam before!

    Maria xxx

  5. They look so good! I love the orange icing with the purple sprinkles, they definitely look Halloweeny! x

  6. Wow, these look incredible! I never thought of doing grape flavour before!

  7. They look amazing, you are so talented!
    I love artificial grape flavoured stuff too... such a shame it doesn't really exist here unless it's something imported from America :(

  8. Which brand/type of colouring do you use for such a bright colour?

    1. I mostly use sugarflair gel colours -

      But this orange is actually this one

  9. I'm so jealous of your baking skills! I loooove baking but I can't really do it whilst at uni :( These cupcakes look AMAZING

    Lizzie @



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