When I was given the opportunity to purchase Kool-Aid products at Walmart, I jumped at the chance. I honestly have not had Kool-Aid since I was a child. And when I told hubby about this opportunity, his face lit up. He had Kool-Aid a lot as a kid and he was excited knowing that this opportunity meant that he would get Kool-Aid to drink!
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I headed to my local Walmart to purchase Kool-Aid. My goal was to purchase Kool-Aid to use in a new concoction. I wanted to make a colorful and flavorful cake using Kool-Aid and then enter the Kool-Aid Kool Creation contest! To enter the contest, you need to create something “Kool” with Kool-Aid. To enter, you will need to upload a picture of your creation and you will then be entered to win Meet & Greet passes and tickets to see BIG TIME RUSH . I’ve never used Kool-Aid to bake with and to be honest, I had no idea what to expect! But I knew I would have fun experimenting with Kool-Aid!
I purchased exactly $6.00 worth of Kool-Aid at Walmart. Why did I purchase $6.00 worth? Let me explain. Have you downloaded the phone app Shoparoo? Shoparoo is an iPhone and Android app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into donations to the school or charity of your choice. So after I went shopping, I snapped a picture of my receipt and was able to help a nearby school.
Besides helping a local elementary school, I was able to save 50% on BIG TIME RUSH tickets! Kool Aid and BIG TIME RUSH have partnered up to give us a discount code for a Family 4 Pack of BIG TIME RUSH tickets. The four pack is regularly $100, but when you snap a picture of your Walmart receipt with at least $6.00 purchased of KOOL AID products, you will save 50% on your tickets making a family 4 pack only $50.00. Once you take a picture of your receipt with the Shoparoo app, Shoparoo will send you an email within 48 hours with your Ticketmaster discount code for a KOOL AID Family 4 Pack of tickets.
After I snapped a picture of my receipt and saved 50% on a a Family 4 Pack of BIG TIME RUSH tickets, I got to work on my cake. I had white cake mix and vanilla frosting stockpiled away in my pantry. So I decided, using four packets of Kool-Aid and one box of cake mix, to make a four layer Rainbow Kool-Aid cake. Each layer I would designate a different Kool-Aid flavor packet to to give my cake a variety of colors and flavors. I used the Kool-Aid flavors Strawberry, Grape, Orange and Mixed Berry.
I followed the directions on the box of cake mix. The only difference is that instead of adding 1 cup of water to the cake mix, I separated it into four. I mixed ¼ cup of water with 1 teaspoon of each packet of Kool-Aid. (see the recipe below)
Because I divided one box of cake mix into four layers, the layers were extremely thin. You can easily make thicker layers by using two boxes of cake mix and dividing each box in half for each layer. Once my layers had cooled, I applied a thin layer of vanilla frosting in between each layer to hold them together. I then put a generous portion of frosting on the top and sides.
You can decorate your cake however you like. I went the “less is more” route and made my cake with a simple vanilla frosting and kiwi garnishes. If you wanted to, you could add Kool-aid to your frosting and add a colorful and flavorful touch to your frosting! The sky is the limit as to how you can decorate and flavor your cake.
If you decide to use Kool-Aid in a fun way (like my Rainbow Kool-Aid cake concoction), make sure you enter your creation into the Kool-Aid Kool Creation contest!
Rainbow Kool-Aid Cake Recipe
1 box White Cake Mix (or use two boxes if you prefer thicker layers of cake)
3 Egg Whites
1 cup Water (separated into 1/4 cups)
¼ cup Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon of Kool-Aid from four different Kool-Aid Packets
(I used Strawberry, Grape, Orange & Mixed Berry)
1 and 1/2 tubs of Vanilla Frosting
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray non-stick cooking spray to two (or four) 9 inch round cake pans.
2) In a large bowl, mix egg whites and vegetable oil.
3) Add box of cake mix to the liquids.
4) In four separate bowls, mix 1 teaspoon of Kool-Aid with ¼ cup water.
5) Add ¼ of the cake mix to each bowl of Kool-Aid water. Mix well.
6) Add each flavored cake mix to your cake pans.
7) Bake for approximately 13 minutes (or until knife comes out clean) (If you make thicker layers of Rainbow Kool-Aid cake, you will need to bake longer.)
8) Allow cake to cool. Once cooled, layer cake on cake dish. Top each layer with a thin coat of frosting. Top the cake and sides with a thick layer of frosting.
Serve with a glass of Kool-Aid and enjoy!