Sunday, 7 July 2013

Jack Daniels and Coke Cupcakes

Jack Daniels and coke cupcakes. What more can I say! These are great for parties, and just go to show that not all cupcakes are girly! They even have a hidden pocket of gooey chocolate ganache in the centre.You can easy swap the whiskey for any other spirit too, vodka and coke would work great or maybe spiced rum!
For the sponge:
200ml Coca-Cola (full fat - not diet!)
125g unsalted butter
90g cocoa powder
4 tbsp Jack Daniel's whiskey
240g self raising flour
240g caster sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
120ml sour cream
For the ganache:
150g plain chocolate, chopped
150ml double cream
1 tbsp Jack Daniel's whiskey
For the frosting:
60g unsalted butter
250g icing sugar
3 tbsp Jack Daniel's Whiskey
Fizzy cola bottles to decorate
Preheat your oven to 180c and line a muffin tray with cases.

Mix the butter and Coca-Cola over a medium heat, until the butter has completely melted.
Remove from the heat and sift in the cocoa powder, mixing until smooth. Add the whiskey and mix again. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs and sour cream together before adding the sugar and beating well.
Add the Coca-Cola mixture to the bowl and stir until just combined.
Now, sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and fold into the mixture.

Fill cake cases two-thirds to three-quarters full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until risen and just firm to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack. You can make the ganache whilst the cupcakes are cooking/cooling.

Heat the cream in a saucepan until just boiling. Remove from the heat immediately and add the chocolate pieces. Leave to sit and melt for a few minutes and then stir until smooth.
Add the butter and whiskey and stir. Leave to cool in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Once the cakes are cool, cut a well in the centres of the cakes (feel free to eat this as you go along!) and using a piping bag (or a steady hand and spoon!) fill the wells with the chocolate ganache.

To make the frosting, cream the butter until very light and fluffy. Slowly add the icing sugar, a few tbsps at a time, and gentle mix in.
After adding about three-quarters of the icing sugar, drizzle in the whiskey and mix in well.
Add the rest of the icing sugar and mix until well combined.

Pipe the buttercream icing onto the cupcakes and add a cola bottle on the top to decorate.

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