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! 

Why you'll love these cupcakes...

  • Insanely easy and still delicious! 3 ingredients for the cupcakes; 5 ingredients for the (homemade!) frosting 
  • Optional Coca Cola filling - you may have to do a bit of looking or buy Cola flavoring online, but it's worth the effort! 
  • A cinch to decorate - just add a couple of Coke bottle gummy candies! 


Do I have to use a cake mix? 

  • Haha - not if you don't want to! You can find my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe right here. Just sub in Coca cola for the milk and add 4 ounces of Jack Daniels whiskey. Leave out one egg. 

Can I make the cake / frosting ahead of time? 

  • Definitely! Wrap the cupcakes well and refrigerate up to 4 days or freeze up to 4 months. Transfer the frosting to a zip-lock bag and squeeze out the extra air, and again - refrigerate up to 4 days or freeze up to 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.

  • On a related note – cover any remaining cupcakes well after serving to keep them from drying out. As long as they're protected from drying out, they'll keep at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for 3-5 days. 

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Jack and Coke Cupcakes

These Jack and Coke cupcakes feature an easy (3-ingredient!) whiskey- & coke-flavored cupcake, Coca-cola filling, and Jack Daniels frosting!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Decorating time15 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Jack & Coke Cupcakes, Jack and Coke cupcakes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 470kcal
Author: Sarah H




  • 1 box Cake mix, Vanilla (Vanilla or white; I prefer Duncan Hines)
  • 8 oz Coca cola (1 cup, about 2/3 of a regular can)
  • 4 oz Jack Daniels whiskey (1/2 cup)


  • 8 oz cream cheese (one package; softened)
  • 1 cup butter, softened (two sticks; softened)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Jack Daniels whiskey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt



  • 24-48 Coke bottle gummy candies (I found these at a local grocery store; available on Amazon if they’re not sold in your area)



  • 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 before decorating.

Meanwhile, make your frosting!

  • 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.
  • Remove about ¾ c of frosting from the bowl into a smaller bowl, and add coca cola extract. Stir in your food coloring - I wanted a coke color to my filling, so I made it pretty dark brown, but this is optional
  • 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 circle out with a plastic knife. ;) ) Transfer filling into your cored cupcakes - you can do this with a piping bag or a spoon.


  • Transfer your Jack Daniels frosting into a large piping bag with your desired piping tip – I used a large closed-star tip for the cupcakes in the photos. Pipe frosting in large swirls onto your cupcakes. Decorate the top of each frosting swirl with a coke gummy candy or two...done and done! Enjoy!



Please note nutrition information is an estimate and may not be exactly accurate.


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g

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