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Topic: Kool Aid in cake batter???
cakesbychrystal 08/12/2010 1:36 PM
Hey everybody! I've read on here where you guys have mixed Kool Aid with your cake batter and someone was recently asking about Crystal Light. I have NEVER heard of this LOL! Do you use the sweetened version that comes in the canisters or the small packets? I would think that the unsweetened packets would make the cake bitter. There are so many flavors of kool aid the cake possibilities are endless and I bet the cakes are pretty cool colors too!
mmumsie 08/12/2010 1:49 PM
Chrystal- Marie J. is the one I remember using the Kool-Aid packets, the unsweetened kind. So I would suggest you could ask her.

Chrystal Light has sugar substitutes in it and make do something strange to you batter.
MARIE J 08/12/2010 2:56 PM
Yep - do it all the time for flavorings !!

I use the small packets that make 2 qts of Kool Aid for each mix !!

So far I have successfully used;-

watermelon-kiwi
lemon-lime
orange
black cherry - with mini choc chips (yyuuuummm!! )
ice blue raspberry lemonade
pink lemonade (I think that's it!! )

The mixes to do turn the batter colors, but they are not bold/bright, just a light color !! I've also used them in buttercream - wasn't as sweet, but it was really good with the cakes flavored the same way !!
N8sMom96 08/12/2010 5:53 PM
I have only made pink lemonade cake using Country Time's pink lemonade powder.

You can add the unsweetened packets to fondant also. Gives it a fruity flavor and nice light pastel colors.
mmumsie 08/12/2010 8:33 PM
Mia- does the packets give a splotchy color in the fondant since it's in a powder form?
N8sMom96 08/12/2010 9:48 PM
It didn't for me, but you have to knead quite a bit to get it mixed in. My son says that the fondant taste like the fruit chew candies. I only have done this Wilton's fondant. My WMI gave us this tip to flavor it.
mmumsie 08/12/2010 9:52 PM
To flavor my fondant differently, I just knead in a dollop of my flavorful bc. Makes the fondant go nicely with the flavors of my cake and icing.

I'm always looking to try new techniques, so I'll give it a swirl sometime soon. I love using food products in a new and different way.
cakesbychrystal 08/13/2010 1:35 AM
Thanks MJ! What a GREAT idea Mia! I'm going to have to try both of these "new" things.
N8sMom96 08/13/2010 5:45 AM
You're welcome Chrystal! MMumsie, I'm going to have to give that a try with the buttercream.
MARIE J 08/13/2010 7:15 AM
I like your tip with the Country Time for the fondant as well Mia !! Thanks
dbeah 08/13/2010 12:21 PM
I have used Jell-O but never kool-aid! I guess Im going to have to try that,.
hunnybee 08/13/2010 1:45 PM
When I make a cherry cake I use UNsweetened cherry kool-aid mixed with a white cake mix. The recipe is posted in the recipe section. I thought it tasted better than using jello.
thecakediva40 08/16/2010 10:29 PM
Do you add the kool-aid to bw bc icing? and can you use any flavor? I love the bw bc icing, but even adding the popcorn salt it is still to sweet for me and my husband. Will adding the kool-aid help cut down on the sweetness?
MARIE J 08/17/2010 7:16 AM
thecakediva40 - I just add the pack in with the buttercream, but only once I've got the mixture made !!
MARIE J 08/17/2010 7:18 AM
oohh almost forgot - you might want to put just half a pack in first - I play with the flavor amounts, since when I did the orange, it wasn't really sweet, & I didn't want to overdo it !!