Ghiradelli Cherry Cupcakes and Game Day Party ideas!

With the help of World Market I got to plan the most delicious Game Day Party! Game Day food!

Game Day is here!  I grew up playing sports, so I can get pretty into it–but what I love most is all the food!   Showing up to a party with the game winning cookies or the best punch is just the cherry on top of a touchdown for me! But let’s face it, we don’t want to be doing a ton of dishes after everyone leaves and there are so many different taste buds to cater to.  So I have a few ideas that everyone will love–man, woman, child, teenager, bleeding blue or bleeding red!

World Market had everything I needed and they helped me throw this tasty game day party! And I’m helping to spread the word about their big party giveaway… who doesn’t love free food and gift cards?  All the info is at the bottom!

But now on to my party ideas and some decadent cupcakes…

Super Bowl Food

 Drinks.  You have to have drinks at a game day party.  Take your soda up a notch by putting out a few Torani drink syrups with your sodas!  People can squirt their syrups straight into the cans or pour the drinks into cups!  Sprite goes perfectly with any flavor, like the raspberry, ruby red grapefruit, or peach.  And you can even make a classic Dirty Diet Coke! (Recipe below.) Another favorite concoction of mine is root beer and the toasted marshmallow syrup, yum!  The kids will love this fun idea and as the mom you can make “2 pump” rule if needs be to keep the kiddos from squirting in too much syrup!

Flavored Sodas like Dirty Diet Cokes

Concoctions I love:

Sprite + Strawberry syrup

Sprite + Mango syrup

Sprite + Raspberry syrup

Sprite + Peach syrup

Diet Coke + Coconut syrup + squeeze of lime juice = Dirty Diet Coke

Root Beer + Toasted Marshmallow syrup

 The combinations are limitless and you can add the flavorings to hot chocolate in the winter!  Plus, one of these bottles of syrup lasts what seems like forever! Grab a few bottles and bust them out for special occasions and you will always be the most popular gal at the party 🙂

Flavored Sodas like Dirty Diet Cokes

You can serve the drinks with straws or cups the color of the team you’re rooting for, or only use Torani syrups that are the colors of your team!


The dirty diet cokes (below) are so popular around my neck of the woods.  I have so much fun bringing a bin full of all the loot needed to make them to game day (and The Bachelor) parties!  It’s a great no-booze option for get togethers 🙂


And you’ll want to make sure you grab some of the pumps for the bottles when you’re at World Market! The pumps close shut too, so after the party just turn them to close and store the bottles away!

Flavored Sodas like Dirty Diet Cokes

And I just couldn’t help myself… I am a sucker for the World Market specialty sodas.  Let everyone else have the cokes and sprites and you can keep the good stuff to yourself 🙂  Or bust it out if your team loses and you need a pick me up.  I got the Clementine and Blood Orange this time, but my favorite is the Passion Fruit

World Market Sodas

 Meat.  You need some meat at your game day party–protein keeps it alive!

But you don’t want to slave away in the kitchen or make something that could mean disaster for the carpet or couch if someone drops it… so grab some incredible Jerky! This Krave jerky just exploded with flavor when I opened up the package and came in so many fun flavors.  I got the Chili Lime and Garlic Chili Pepper.


I lined my little serving dish with wax paper so that there would be no mess to clean up, I wouldn’t even have to rinse out the dish after the game!  Eazy peazy.

Krave Jerkey

More meat.

I can’t lie, I kept snacking on this Columbus Dry Salami while I was shooting the photos!  It was just so tempting and so many slices came in the package that I knew I could spare a few 🙂  Eeek!

Columbus Salami

Pair your salami with:




Cherry Tomatoes

veggies the same color as your team!

Columbus Salami

You can even serve it on a cracker with cheese and broil them in the oven for a while, but I kept it really simple and just put them straight on the dish!

Salami and Crackers


It’s not a party without treats!  And I have found my new favorite Ghiradelli chocolate… the minis!  First of all, they are adorably sized and packaged!  And it’s Ghiradelli so of course they taste incredible.  But I love the bright wrapper colors, they look so festive and ready to party! (I got these at the World Market store, so sorry that there’s no link!)

Mini Ghiradelli Squares

I served mine in some cute glass containers so guests could just reach on in and dig for the flavor of their choice!

Mini Ghiradellis

 More chocolate.

And more Ghiradelli.  Using their classic chocolate squares, yum.  There is so much chocolate going on in this photo but there’s also a hidden flavor in the cake…

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes, it's a chocolate lovers dream come true!

The anticipation is killing you I’m sure…

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes, it's a chocolate lovers dream come true!

Black Cherry Jam. That’s right, it’s a chocolate black cherry cake thanks to this special ingredient!

Secret Ingredient to Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

So that makes these Chocolate Ghiradelli Cherry Cupcakes!

Using Ghiradelli chocolates

I used this Torani Chocolate Sauce to top off the cupcakes and it’s my new favorite thing! Instead of making some ganache or melting extra chocolate, I just whipped this bottle out of the pantry and drizzled it on.  So easy!  You can bet I’m heading out to buy the caramel sauce too! You can use it on cakes, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, hot chocolate… straight into your mouth….

Torani Chocolate Sauce

Magical things happen when you combine jam, Ghiradelli and Torani. Not to mention the magical vanilla beans… yum!

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes, it's a chocolate lovers dream come true!

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes


1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs, at room temp
1 C. sugar
1 C. brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup oil
1/3 C. buttermilk or milk
2/3 C. World Market Black Cherry Jam
2 World Market vanilla beans (slice and scrape out insides)
3/4 C. butter, softened
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-3 Tbsp. milk
2-3 C. powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners, I used orange to really bring out the Reese's Pieces theme!
2. In a medium bowl, combine cocoa flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, cherry jam and vanilla beans.
4. Pour half the dry ingredients into the wet and stir. Then add the rest of the dry ingredients and stir again. Don't over mix.
5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18-22 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean. Let cool.
6. Buttercream: Beat butter. Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon milk. Add in 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and then alternate between adding more milk and more powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.
7. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with Ghiradelli squares and Torani Chocolate Sauce.

And this adorable cake stand?  From World Market of course!

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes, it's a chocolate lovers dream come true!

About that party giveaway I was telling you about….

World Market’s Ultimate Football Fan Party Sweepstakes

Grand Prize Package:

*   $2,000 World Market gift card
*   One case of:
*   Torani Flavored Syrup
*   Ghirardelli Chocolate
*   Krave Jerky
*   Columbus Salame

*   Plus, THREE First Prizes: $500 World Market gift card


This post was sponsored by World Market, but all opinions, recipes and ideas are my own!  

13 thoughts on “Ghiradelli Cherry Cupcakes and Game Day Party ideas!

  1. 1
    Debbie the NY Baker says:

    Hi, Lizzy – love the look of the cupcakes – but I’m a tad confused… you make reference to adding Reese’s Pieces – could this have been from another recipe for chocolate cupcakes? Thanks!

  2. 2

    What a spread you have there! I want to go to YOUR party!

  3. 3
    Liz says:

    Whoa, your cupcakes look sublime! I have a feeling they’d fly off the platter at any gathering!

  4. 4
    Patty K says:

    LOVE World Market! In fact, I just purchased a cake stand from there yesterday 🙂 Thanks for spreading the word about the giveaway.

  5. 5
    Joanne says:

    I love World Market, and your cupcakes look so delicious! I like your party theme, too.

  6. 6
    Deborah says:

    Ok, I am so intrigued by the root beer with toasted marshmallow syrup. Looks like I need to add that syrup to my collection!! (And holy gorgeous cupcakes!)

  7. 7
    Judy says:

    Ok, so I went to World Market and bought the jam and the Chocolate sauce. Followed the directions exact. Not sure what happened as while they were baking, they spread all over the cupcake pan and then fell in the middle. What a disaster. I had to throw 2 dozen cupcakes in the garbage. It’s not like it was my first time baking. I have been baking for over 40 years and I must say I have never had cupcakes do that. Any suggestion what I might had done wrong. Yours look perfect. Thank you.

  8. 8
    Tanya says:

    Yes this is some serious party food. I would probably stand by the cupcake table the whole time! Goodness, those look incredible! I love the syrup/drink ideas too!

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  10. 10

    I love World Market, I always go in and get caught up in everything and come out with bag full of stuff. I have to go pick up some of the blood orange syrup. The cupcakes are beyond awesome.

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