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This recipe for Cherry Coke Cupcakes only has 3 ingredients. Package them in a jar and it is not only delicious it’s the perfect homemade gift!
Christmas is almost here, can you believe it?! I still have a ton to do to get ready but I’m so excited! This year was one of those years where I felt inspired and found just the right gift for everyone on my list. For me the real magic of Christmas is seeing the smile on someone’s face when they unwrap a package and see a special something just for them that came from your heart.
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Melinda and I have a friend who is a HUGE Coca-Cola fan. She collects coke bottles and decorated her whole kitchen in a Coke theme, right down to a bright red mixer! So, in the spirit of sharing some #RealMagic and a smile this year we made her a holiday basket filled with Cherry Coke Cupcakes in a Jar (seriously guys, I never get tired of putting food in a jar) and everything she needs to make a batch of her own. I was able to find glass bottles of Coke at Walmart along with all of the other things we needed :
- Coke (at least 2 12 oz. cans)*
- 2 boxes of devil’s food cake mix*
- 2 cans of whipped vanilla frosting*
- 2 jars of maraschino cherries*
- Peppermint Spoons
- 1 package of pretty paper straws
- 1 wide mouth pint mason jar
*Note: All of the cupcake ingredients are doubled since we made a batch AND created a gift basket with the ingredients for a second batch
The cupcake recipe is as simple as it gets. 12 ozs. of Coke, 1 box of cake mix, and 2 tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice all mixed together thoroughly and then baked according to the instructions on the box.
Once the cupcakes have baked and cooled completely remove the cupcake liner from two of them and frost them with the whipped vanilla frosting. Then stack two in a mason jar, add a cherry and put on the lid. Tie a recipe card with around the lid with ribbon or twine and you have cupcakes in a jar. Melinda found some adorable edible peppermint spoons at Walmart so we added one to the jar for extra cuteness.
We got a big basket and filled it with a 6-pack of coke in glass bottles, a box of cake mix that we poured into a second mason jar (you can just put the box of mix in the basket if you like), a can of frosting, a jar of cherries, and a pack of pretty straws. When she makes her own cupcakes she can use the straws to decorate them by cutting them into thirds and sticking them into the cupcake at an angle.
We can’t wait to give the basket to her at our gift exchange. It isn’t an expensive gift but it was made with love and I know it is going to bring a smile to her face.