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Being a mom of a teen boy is hard.  I got home last night from running errands with the Big One, and the Mellow Man asked why I looked down, but some times, I’m totally befuddled about how to parent him.  He needs me.  He doesn’t need me.  He wants me to be there, but if I am, he’s embarrassed, so I’m always looking for something that we can do together.   I decided to shoot for a movie night with the Big One with a teen appropriate movie and some homemade snacks and popcorn.  We could hang out and have a “mommy-son date night,” just like we did when he was five.  We watched Goosebumps, and had Coca-Cola Cupcakes with M&M’S® and popcorn.  Coca-Cola cake is a traditional recipe made here in the South, and this particular cupcake recipe is a little like another cupcake recipe that I made a few months ago with soda.  This one uses a cake mix which is perfect for a date night with the big one because it makes baking quick and easy!

My Mom Made That: Coca Cola Cupcakes {Make It a Movie Night}

I ran over to my local Walmart to pick up all of my baking supplies including Orville Redenbacher 6 pack Movie Theater Popcorn, Diet Coke (for me), Coca-Cola for the cupcakes, and M&M’S® (that were in the cute little containers by the register).
Make It a Movie Night Shopping CollageCoca-Cola cake is chocolatey, but it’s not.  What I mean by that is– he has cocoa powder, but if you are a diehard chocoholic, it’s not going to be rich enough for you.  Never fear though!  When topped with fudge frosting, the cupcakes are a rich and delicious dessert.  I found a variant of this recipe in my favorite cake mix cookbook– The Cake Mix Doctor.

Cake Ingredients

  • Box of White Cake Mix (Yes, use white cake mix, not chocolate!)
  • 5 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, Melted (1 Stick = 8 Tablespoons)
  • 1 Cup of Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 Cup of Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups Marshmallow Fluff

My Mom Made That: Coca Cola Cupcakes {Make It a Movie Night}

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, Melted (1 Stick = 8 Tablespoons)
  • 4 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Coca-Cola
  • 4 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 Cup Crushed Plain M&M’S®

Make It a Movie Night Cooking Collage

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Add melted butter, cake mix, cocoa powder, Coca-Cola, and buttermilk to your mixer, and mix slowly.  Then add the 2 eggs, vanilla extract, and continue to mix.  Finally slowly mix in the Marshmallow fluff.  The cake mix will be a very pale brown– it is not going to look like a deep fudge cake.  (Because it’s not!)  The recipe will make 22-24 cupcakes depending on how full the cupcake liners are.  Cook the cupcakes for 22 minutes at 375 and then turn down to 250 degrees for 5-6 minutes.  When done, the cupcakes will be a light brown and spring back when pressed.  Set the cupcakes aside and let cool fully before you frost them!

My Mom Made That: Coca Cola Cupcakes {Make It a Movie Night}

To make the frosting, crush a cup of M&M’S® into large coarse pieces, set aside.  Melt the butter in a small pan, once it is thoroughly melted, add in the cocoa powder and Coca-Cola.  Whisk until the mixture comes to a boil.  Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the confectioners’ sugar.  Then use your hand mixer to mix well.  Pour in the crushed M&M’S® with a spatula, and then spread thickly onto your cupcakes.  This frosting isn’t light like a buttercream, rather it’s much more like a thin fudge.

 

My Mom Made That: Coca Cola Cupcakes {Make It a Movie Night}

With the Coca-Cola cupcakes, popcorn and Diet Coke, the Big One and I were all set to settle in for our special movie night with Goosebumps.  

My Mom Made That: Coca Cola Cupcakes {Make It a Movie Night}

Right now, if you buy Orville Redenbacher Popcorn, M&M’S®, Coca-Cola Products, and a Sony DVD in a single transaction at Walmart between 12/22/15 and 2/2/16, you can upload your receipt to receive $10 Vudu movie code by email(NB: 1 Movie Code per person.)  

What do you serve on family movie night?  Need more family movie night inspiration?  Check out the inspiration here, and be sure to take advantage of the VUDU offer!