Recipe: Jack and Coke Cupcakes

Yesterday I posted a new kid-favorite cupcake recipe, the famous Harry Potter butterbeer, but now it’s Got Cache After Dark In The Afternoon and its on to the adults! With all of the joy that comes with Christmas, also comes all of the know what i’m talking about. The lady with 20 items in the express lane in front of you with your one item you need to finish your item cooking, the jerk that comes down the wrong parking lot lane and takes his sweet time trying to get his precious car in the correct angle to park before you, and let’s not forget the hysterical screaming kids because they couldn’t get a toy unknowingly that they will get it in like three days tomorrow under the tree. Now i’m not all bah-humbug but sometimes the stresses of the holiday and working retail entitles you to a drink to keep your sanity..or in my case, a cupcake! I wanted to do something nice for my coworkers since they have to handle the holiday without me but I couldn’t just pour them an adult beverage so I got a little creative and enter…Jack and Coke cupcakes! Yes..I went there. 😉 These would also be perfect for a New Years Eve party!


I will forewarn you, the recipe looks complicated but I guarantee you if I can make these, a monkey could make them blindfolded! You can make the cupcakes and ganache a day ahead of time, just make sure they are at room temp when you frost and serve them!

Jack and Coke Cupcakes

Cola Chocolate Cupcake:

1 cup cola

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

2 large eggs at room temp

2/3 cup sour cream at room temp


8.5 ounces semi or bittersweet chocolate

2/3 cup heavy cream

2 tbsp butter, room temp

1-2 tsp whiskey (I used 1.5 tsp)

Whiskey Buttercream Frosting:

6 cups powdered sugar

1.5 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp

6 tbsp whiskey


Preheat oven to 350°F and line 24 cupcake cups with liners. Bring soda and butter to simmer in a heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Allow to cool for at least fifteen minutes.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in large bowl to blend. Using a mixer, whisk eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend then add the sugar and whisk to combine.  With the mixer on, pour in the cola-chocolate mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on a slow speed. Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined.

Divide the batter among cupcake liners, filling them 2/3 to 3/4 of the way. Be really careful about not overfilling them – this cake rises and will spill over.  Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, rotating them once front to back if your oven bakes unevenly, about 17 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely.


Chop the chocolate (I used morsels) and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth.  Add the butter and whiskey and stir until combined. Let the ganache cool until thick but still soft enough to be piped. Meanwhile, cut the centers out of the cooled cupcakes (I did this by using the end of a wooden spoon). Pipe the ganache into the holes all the way to the top.


Whisk the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, for several minutes for the frosting. You want to get it very light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time.  It does make a difference.  The frosting will be less grainy, and require less sugar to thicken them up.

When the frosting looks thick enough to spread, drizzle in the whiskey and whip it until combined. If this has made the frosting too thin, beat in another spoonful or two of powdered sugar.  Don’t worry about trying to use all 6 cups, just use your intuition and stop when it seems thick enough. Ice and decorate the cupcakes as you wish. I topped them with Haribo gummy colas to complete the theme!

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ta-Da!! Don’t those just look and sound amazing…because well they are. Have you tried a drunken cupcake recipe? If so, what drink inspired you? I’m thinking of a caramel apple vodka one next! 😉

Merry Christmas Eve!!

One thought on “Recipe: Jack and Coke Cupcakes

  1. Reblogged this on "Don't tell me. We're about to go over a huge waterfall." "Yep." "Sharp rocks at the bottom?" "Most likely." "Bring it on!" and commented:
    My friend, Liz, introduced me to these yummy adult cupcakes last year! They are perfect for any grown-up party situation & would be a great addition to your upcoming New Year’s Eve bashes!! Check out this recipe from her blog! You won’t be disappointed! I’m waiting for mine to be delivered to me as we speak 😉

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