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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Diet Coke Cupcakes and Family Movie Night

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diet coke cupcakes

We love a good family movie night. It gives the kids something exciting to
look forward to after a long week filled with school, dance, water polo, Cub scouts,
piano lessons and homework. They love taking turns to choose a movie each Friday night,
but sometimes they both unanimously agree on a movie for the family movie night.
When they heard that Goosebumps was being released, they were both on board
for a fun family night with this spooky movie.
 I wanted to make the night special since this is a movie I knew we would all
enjoy and so I headed to Walmart to pick up some supplies.
I have a thing about themes - I really like them. Themes and parties, they just
go together. So sometimes when we have family movie night I want to create
snacks, desserts and maybe even a craft that follows the theme of the movie.
Goosebumps is the perfect theme for a fun family night!

 At Walmart I saw a display that caught my eye - Make it a Move Night!
Perfect! If you buy Orville Redenbacher popcorn, M&M’S® Chocolate Candies,
Coca-Cola, and a Sony Pictures movie in one transaction between 12/22/15-2/2/16, 
snap a picture of your receipt, and visit uploadreceipt.com/movienight
and submit it by 2/9/16 you can get a $10 VUDU credit by mail!
Done! I grabbed all four and headed home to whip up some delicious treats.


First up were some delicious (and ghoulish) Diet Coke Cupcakes.
I love the kick that the Diet Coke gives to the cake and the frosting.
Not only is there a kick with the Diet Coke, but the cake is nice and moist!
I had to add a little bit of green food coloring to make them perfectly Goosbumps
worthy for our family movie night.
If you want to try these yummy cupcakes for yourself, follow the recipe below.


INGREDIENTS

For the cake you'll need:
1 white/vanilla cake mix (I used a french vanilla mix)
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup Diet Coke
2 tsp vanilla
green food coloring gel 


For the frosting you'll need:
4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups butter (room temperature)
1 jar marshmallow creme
1/4 cup Diet Coke


INSTRUCTIONS
1.Melt the butter. 
2. Combine the cake mix, butter, eggs, buttermilk, Diet Coke, and vanilla
in a mixing bowl and beat on low for 30 seconds until well combined. Then, beat on
medium for 2 minutes. 
3. Add in the green food coloring gel until it's the perfect ghoulish green.
4. Line two muffin tins with 24 cupcake liners.
(I just happened to have some Halloween liners lefetover!)
5. Fill each liner with about 1/3 cup batter. 
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
7. Let cool in pan for 3-5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.


For the frosting, combine all the ingredients above and mix until well combined.
You may need to add a little bit more of the powdered sugar, depending on how heavy
handed you are with the Diet Coke.
I like to pipe my frosting, so I snipped the corner off a plastic storage bag, inserted my
decorating tip, and piped on the beautiful green frosting. You could just frost with
a knife if that is more your style.


They turned out perfectly and were delicious. I had some gummy zombie hands leftover
from our spooky Halloween dinner, so I added them to a few of the cupcakes just to
put them over the top in the cool department with my kids.
The flavor was fantastic and they were a big hit with everyone.


I couldn't help myself and I popped up some of the Orville Redenbacher movie theater butter
popcorn and made a creepy popcorn cake that I decorated with M&M’S® Chocolate Candies
and some gummy eyeballs. The kids got a big kick out of the creepy cupcakes and popcorn
cake when they got home from school and couldn't wait to watch Goosebumps as a family.


Since we needed to wait for Dad to get home, I gave the kids some construction paper
and paper lunch sacks and had them create their own ventriloquist dummies.
It was such a great activity and it was fun to see their creativity come out.
Isabella was intent on making herself into a ventriloquist dummy and JT wanted
to make a Slappy puppet since he had been him for Halloween.


Do you love having family movie nights? What's your family's favorite movie?
Be sure to check out more fun movie night ideas and be sure to take advantage of the
awesome VUDU offer!

Goosebumps Movie Night

1 comments:

AMBER EDWARDS said...

Man, those cupcakes look absolutely fabulous! I love using Soda in cupcakes because it makes them so moist! And that popcorn cake turned out fantastic! #client

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