Jack & Coke Cupcakes:
1 boxed white/vanilla cake mix
8 oz coca cola
4 oz 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 – makes the process a little cleaner and my cupcake sizes a lot more consistent.)
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.
Additional filling ingredients:
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 suuuuper dark brown - but coloring the filling's not necessary if you don't want to.
24-48 Coke gummies – I found these at a local grocery store; I thought they made a fun topping! You could 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! I did struggle with these cupcakes a bit more than usual; I think the lack of added fat and eggs to the mix made it a little bit more crumbly and sticky on top. :/ I got it to work though. 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.
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!
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