Jack & Coke Cupcakes

ever since i made a jack & coke cake...

....I wanted to put the same flavors into cupcakes! 😉 Layer cakes are super fun, but they can be a bit time-consuming and laborious…Jack & Coke’s a pretty easy drink, so I felt like cupcakes almost fit the drink better than a layer cake 😉

I read that cupcakes can be made with a boxed mix and a can of soda – I wanted both of the flavors in the cupcake, so I subbed about 4 oz of Jack Daniels whiskey along with 8 oz of coke in the cupcakes. It worked! I added coke flavoring to the filling and Jack Daniels in the frosting….and the Coke bottle gummies made a fun topper, but they can be left off if you're not a fan! 

Recipe below! 

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Jack & Coke Cupcakes:

1 white (or vanilla) cake mix (I like Duncan Hines)
8 oz Coca cola (1 cup, about 2/3 of a regular can)
4 oz (1/2 cup) Jack Daniels whiskey

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (180C), and prepare 24 muffin tins with cupcake liners
Combine cake mix with soda and whiskey; beat with a wire whisk for 2 minutes. 
Divide into cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 full (I like to use a large cookie scoop for this part). 
Bake until firm to the touch in the center – this took about 15 minutes in my oven. Cool completely on wire racks.

Meanwhile, make your frosting! 

Jack Daniels Buttercream Frosting

8 oz (one package) cream cheese, softened
16 Tablespoons (two sticks) butter, softened
6-7 c powdered sugar
2-4 Tablespoons Jack Daniels whiskey
1/4 t. salt
Beat together softened cream cheese and butter; slowly add in powdered sugar alternating with whiskey until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add salt and beat until well combined.

Cupcake filling: 

1 T coca cola extract 
1-2 drops black or brown gel food coloring

Remove about ¾ c of frosting from the bowl into a smaller bowl, and add coca cola extract – I bought this extract from Amazon.com. Stir in your food coloring - I wanted a coke color to my filling, so I made it pretty dark brown - but coloring the filling's not necessary if you don't want to. 

Additional Supplies/Equipment:

- Large piping bag & tip – I use this set of reusable large bags & tips more than almost any of my others! 
24-48 Coke gummies – I found these at a local grocery store, but you can buy them on Amazon if they’re not sold in your area.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, you're ready to core them. There are a few ways you can do this....you can buy a cupcake corer, you can try using the non-business-end of a large piping tip,   or....you can do what I do and cut a cone-shaped core out with a plastic knife. Up to you. I haven't the foggiest idea why cupcake crumbs don't stick to plastic knives like they do regular knives, but the plastic knife's been working too well for me to feel the need to invest in any fancy corers! Pipe your ganache into your cored cupcakes - it doesn't have to look pretty, so I often use a zip-lock bag for this part. 

Decorating:

Transfer your Jack Daniels frosting into a large piping bag with your desired piping tip – I used a large closed-star tip for these. Pipe frosting in large swirls onto your cupcakes (or however you feel like icing them). Decorate the top of each frosting swirl with a coke gummy candy if you’d like….done and done! Enjoy! 

Make these Jack & Coke cupcakes? Let me know how it went – or make my day and find me on Pinterest or on Instagram and tag @IntensiveCakeUnit in your photo!

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