Coca-Cola Cupcakes

Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts

I don’t drink coca-cola. But I do eat it. Weird. Yeah, I dunno.

It’s way better eaten. Let’s take a look, shall we?

There’s some dark and white sugar cooked with dark dutch processed cocoa powder…and a can of coke! Your kitchen will smell all sorts of delicious.

There’s some the ol’ that pouring into this and this pouring into that. No biggie.

There’s some mixing. No equipment needed. This is an old school kind of recipe.

Take a little PAM and spray the liners–this is a sticky cupcake batter. Then the usual 3/4 of the way fill up in your cupcake liners.

UPDATED TIP ALERT: A few of you tried this recipe and sprayed them and the cupcake still stuck. Using foil liners should fix this problem. If you don’t have ’em just know that the cupcake will stick a little. They’re still awesome.

These cupcakes are chocolately, decadent, rich and kind of amaze. There’s just a hint of coca-cola flavor. It’s not super obvious. But despite this, it’s MA-JOR.

This frosting isn’t frosting–it’s just whipped cream. I had plans on a coca-cola buttercream, but my inability to plan properly (read: leave the butter out), forced me to improvise.

And guess what? I kinda dig whipped cream as frosting. I might be doing this mistake on purpose next time.

Next, cherries on top!

P.S. Why are maraschino cherries so cute looking, but so gross tasting. WHY? Someone needs to fix that.

Coca-Cola Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from Baked: The New Frontier

Yields 15 cupcakes

Print this recipe!

2 cups Coca-cola (do not use diet!)
1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs

Whipped Cream Frosting:

1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
4 tablespoons of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Maraschino cherries (for topping)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Generously spray the inside of the cupcake liners with nonstick cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, heat the Coca-cola, cocoa powder, and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the sugars and whisk until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until just beaten, then whisk them into the cooled cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold the flour mixture into the cocoa mixture. The batter will be slightly lumpy–do not overbeat, as it could cause the cake to be tough.

Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake liners/tin and bake for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a small skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a medium bowl, beat whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until medium peaks form. Transfer to pastry bag with a 5B star tip. In a circular motion, pipe on whipped cream and top with one cherry.

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  • Reply Blog is the New Black August 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I’ve been wanting to make these for so long! Now I haev a great recipe to use!

    • Reply Vegetarian Recipes August 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Pretty interesting, does it just taste like coke or is there a richer texture to it?

      I’m guessing any cola works, as I generally avoid Coke brand (they use a food colour dye that’s created from insects/ants).

      • Reply Say what? August 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

        Does this mean you don’t eat honey?

      • Reply Fidget Zaftig September 8, 2011 at 5:07 am

        While I respect your right to make your own choices, and for whatever reasons… I am a bit curious… Of all the things to say no to Coke to… dye made out of NATURAL materials? lol. I know thinking about insects is gross as a food item… but it makes sense… lots of things have been used for dyes over time…

        In american food, its assumed there will be a certain percentage of insect parts in your food anyways… there, of course, is an amount it cannot supercede, but still they’re there…

        Like I said… just Curious… Also, it is red dye that’s made from the beetle parts right? its been a minute since I’ve researched such things… I’ve learned to chill a bit on things as such… When I found out what lanolin was… uck.

        • Reply melissa September 15, 2011 at 11:37 am

          she’s probably just vegan and is tired of eating animal products.

        • Reply MC December 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm

          Are you sure you know what lanolin is? There is nothing uck about it. Vegan….ya I get that. But seriously? They shave those buggers down and squeeze the wax off of their wool. How terrible.

      • Reply happyface September 26, 2011 at 2:22 am

        For every animal you dont eat i will eat 2 more, so the natural balance of human meat comsumption will not be broken!

        • Reply Michelle May 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

          Ha ha that’s funny.

      • Reply Ellie October 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        Carmine red, also known as Cochineal, is made from beetles boiled in ammonia. I try to avoid food with it as well, but it’s because I have an allergic reaction when I eat anything with it. It’s also in lipstick and other cosmetics, red ink, juice, food, paint, shellac, printer ink, and even some plastics.
        However, it is not in coke. 🙂 Lucky me!!!!

      • Reply Ang November 29, 2011 at 8:56 am

        I’m pretty sure this is impossible as Coke is a strictly kosher company and eating bugs (in any way) is against the Torah. I don’t know where you’re getting your information, but I highly doubt its true.

      • Reply Sam December 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

        So you don’t eat anything dyed red either?

  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet August 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I don’t drink it either, but I would gladly eat it too!

  • Reply Alicia W. August 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Yes please!! These look fantastic! I am definitely going to have to try them, especially since I’m kind of a sucker for cupcakes. 😉

  • Reply Bev Weidner August 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I don’t drink the cokes either, but DEAR GOD I might just take a nap inside one of these babies.

  • Reply Missy At Obsessive Daydreamer August 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I do drink it and love it! These look amazing!! I think you just made my day by posting this recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply Cindy B. August 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Looks great!

  • Reply Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen August 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    My grandmother used to make a coca cola cake that was divine! Cupcakes are so fun though, I think I’ll have to try this version to compare 🙂

    • Reply krupa August 19, 2011 at 3:16 am

      What is your grandmother’s version? I tried another version and it didn’t come out right nor did it taste like coca-cola. =?

      • Reply DocZombie September 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm

        It’s not meant to taste like coca cola. It’s meant to give it a richer flavor. Like when you make beer cake.

  • Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen August 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    These are so adorable! I actually love maraschino cherries and have to stop myself from eating them straight from the jar. Gross, I know.

    • Reply Beatriz September 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      I know! I do it too! And so does my entire family…..

  • Reply Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook August 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I try not to drink soda either, but I have zero problem eating it when the results look this good!

  • Reply Katrina August 2, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    These rock. Yum!

  • Reply Megan August 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Have you tried making your maraschino cherries? I’ve seen several recipes on the interwebs and I’ve always been intrigued. Haven’t actually made any yet though. Maybe you’d like them better if you made your own. Also, there’s lots of booze in every recipe so it’s got that going for it.

    • Reply Adrianna August 3, 2011 at 2:39 am

      Ooooo….I need to try this!

  • Reply Kelly August 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Does anyone know if this would work with dr. pepper instead of coke? If so, I think my husband would be in love with these!

    • Reply Adrianna August 3, 2011 at 2:39 am

      It totally will! The original recipe called for root beer and I swapped it out for the coke.

    • Reply Adrianna August 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      HA! Are you just straight posting links in my comments to your blog post? #classy

      • Reply Michelle of Chellbellz August 8, 2011 at 2:32 am

        Sadly a ton of people do this, apparently it’s become the norm. I use to do it but I got annoyed when people left no comment but left their links! LOL. There has been Epic debates on Independent Bloggers.

  • Reply Divya August 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I would have never thought of using Coke in a cupcake! It’s a great idea – I’ll have to try these out soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Reply Naseela August 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    wow…..ur pics r wonderful. i agree with u abt the maraschino cherries..wish they tasted as good as they look.

  • Reply Asia August 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Lovely, sadly all American sizes so cannot make them, it’s very difficult translating those into metric and hoping for the best you get it right…. will look somewhere else, thanks for inspiration 🙂

    • Reply Mandi August 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      If it says a cup of … use a mug. Just be consistent with the measure and it won’t matter whether the recipe was written in the U.S. or in China !!!

    • Reply Sophie August 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Either do what Mandi said, or replace a cup with 250ml (which is the standard UK equivalent).

      Really not that difficult to translate into metric, your calculator will do it for you! (especially if you just replace 1 1/4 cups with 1.25 when chucking it into the calculator.)

  • Reply Alison @ Ingredients, INc. August 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    These look fabulous. Just found your blog

    • Reply Adrianna August 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Glad you’re here!

  • Reply Vedette August 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Coke on a cupcake? Now this I gotta try.

  • Reply Joe August 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Just got home from the grocery store with the things I needed to make dinner (Rosemary Lemon Chicken), and stumbled onto this recipe. So back to the store I went to get more ingredients! They’re amazing, by the way!

    • Reply Adrianna August 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      This is awesome, Joe!

  • Reply carolinaheartstrings August 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    These just look fantastic. Great pictures. Come over and visit us and check out our Southern Favorite on the menu.

  • Reply mis-cakes August 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    these look so good. I love your cupcake liners. I have made the root beer cupcakes adapted from baked. I love those books and so does my muffin top. lol i totally hear you on the maraschino cherries. ps. I found you on stumbleupon

  • Reply Sharon August 4, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I just pulled them out of the oven and they are delicious! The only thing is that when I sprayed the cupcake liners generously with cooking spray, the paper opened up, and completely lost its shape. Maybe this works better with foil liners? I found that one quick spray on the bottom of the liner allowed it to keep its shape, and it was noticeably easier to pull the paper off the bottom than the sides. I think foil liners are the solution.

    • Reply Adrianna August 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Agreed! I sprayed mine and they were still kind of annoying. I added the tip above. Super good idea!

  • Reply Cheryl August 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I am sitting in the hospital again. One of my many nurses had me check out this website i have found alot of cute things. Just put in what your intrests are and it randomly choose diffrent websites, I am actually impressed

    • Reply Adrianna August 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Cheryl, Your comment made my day. Get better soon. xo

    • Reply Reaghan. November 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

      Is it called Stubleupon? That’s how I found this too! 🙂

  • Reply Radhika @ foodfor7stages August 5, 2011 at 2:41 am

    What a fun recipe, love it.

  • Reply Erin Blodgett August 5, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Can you use Pepsi instead? I don’t drink either Coke or Pepsi, and we had a get together where my hubby bought lots of Pepsi.. so I’m on the lookout for recipes..

    • Reply Adrianna August 5, 2011 at 3:11 am

      Yes! I have no idea how it will taste, though, but in theory it should work fine.

  • Reply [email protected] August 5, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I heard about coca cola cake, love your cup cakes

  • Reply Lynn August 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I am planning a 50s kitsch themed party next month, and these cupcakes just SCREAM retro 50s housewife to me. In a good way. 🙂

  • Reply Rayne August 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I think maraschino cherries are gross too! We must be soulmates or something! Everyone i know loves them.

    I’m also going to make these cupcakes.

  • Reply Carol August 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    For better tasting cherries, soak them. My choice is vodka, but you could do pineapple juice

  • Reply Kathy August 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Are those cute red and white liners available at most stores or are they homemade somehow? They make the cupcakes look awesome!

  • Reply Faith August 6, 2011 at 12:07 am

    i absoulutley hate doctor pepper and coke and anything that is not diet pepsi! A lot of u would disagree but these look disgusting with a capitol D!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply Lynn August 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      So make it with Diet Pepsi, sheesh! And learn how to spell.

      • Reply Adrianna August 7, 2011 at 5:42 am

        What Lynn said.

    • Reply Ash August 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

      Nice Spelling.
      On another note – Diet Pepsi is probably the worst. ^_^

    • Reply Amanda August 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Hey Faith,
      You can use a Diet Sunkist in a french vanilla cake mix. That’s it, just the can of soda and the cake mix and stir, stir, stir, then spray the pan plop it in and bake until light and fluffy and stick in the middle comes out clean!!!! Then you have a dreamsicle cake that is to die for and oh so diet friendly!!! However, it isn’t Diet Pepsi so you might hate it but it is worth a try……..I work with a lot of diabetic patients and it helps to give them something that is “bad” every now and again when their sugars will allow!

      You can also do a can of pumpkin puree’ and a devil’s food cake mix. That’s it, just those two things again stir, stir, and stir……….then bake and faint from joy…these are super good and actually healthy? Really!!! Even the coach for the wrestling team loves them for the boys…, filling and chocolate!!!! YUMMYYYYYY!!!

      Hope this helps take the edge off,
      Happy eating,

  • Reply Sarah August 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Would caffeine free Coca Cola be okay to use? Just wondering; I’m not particularly good on caffeine.

    • Reply Adrianna August 7, 2011 at 5:42 am

      Totally. It shouldn’t affect the flavor one bit.

  • Reply Jake August 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Good lookin’ recipe. In regards to the cherries, I would suggest that you make your own! There are a lot of various recipes for maraschino cherries, or brandied cherries, etc., in cocktail books and online. They tend to not be as bright red (since the manufactured ones are dyed), but they’re delicious!


    • Reply Suz July 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

      I found this wonderful recipe for non-alcoholic maraschino cherries. I am almost done making them. I used the cherry juice from pitting them instead of the red dye, and the color is beautiful. I hope they taste as good as they look!

      • Reply Adrianna July 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

        Oh that’s so amazing. I’m so doing this! THANK YOU!

  • Reply TootieLizardTush August 7, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Marinate the cherries in coke and the taste will be more appealing:)

  • Reply cookthegood August 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Well I don’t know the philosophy behind this cola cake thinking but still it looks unique….instead of the fact the this cola thing would have ruined the actual spirit of the cupcakes but I think every effort should be encouraged and no doubt you have taken a bold step.

    Best regards.

  • Reply Carolyn August 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I just finished making these and they taste like little brownie sundays. They’re super delicious and moist. I used the foil cupcake liners and sprayed them, it worked perfectly.

  • Reply Kellie L. August 8, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Just made these, and I have to admit I was a bit worried because of how soupy the batter seemed, I was sure that the measurement on the coke had to be wrong. But I was wrong! They came out perfect and moist and delicious!
    Also, I discovered only after I was halfway through the recipe that I was out of the paper liners. I ended up just greasing my muffin pan. I had zero problems with them sticking, just ran a knife around the edge to loosen them and they popped out intact.
    Thank you for this recipe. Everyone in the house loved these.

  • Reply Michelle of Chellbellz August 8, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Anywhow I have to try these! I don’t drink soda anymore, but I will be making these for an upcoming baby Shower! They are so cute and perfect.

  • Reply Emily August 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I would like tsuggestions few simple suggestions to this otherwise awesome recipe.
    Firstly, I used a BRANDIED CHERRY instead of a gross old maraschino. They’re pretty tough to find on anything other than a specialty store shelf, but we buy them for classic cocktails done at my bar. They are absolutely delicious. If you can’t find them in store or online, then try making yourself a batch, the recipe can be very simple.
    Secondly, these did stick a little to paper cupcake liners, so I gave up on them an greased my cupcake pan instead. No problems with them sticking there.
    Thirdly, if you aren’t planning on eating them right away (ie taking them to a party) add a little cream of tartar to your whipped cream frosting and it will hold much much better.

    Thanks for the recipe!!! Now- off to go play with the idea of a ROOT BEER FLOAT cupcake!!! Yay!

    • Reply Adrianna August 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

      The original recipe actually calls for root beer. Totally swap it out for the coke and you have a root beer float cupcake!

  • Reply Hannah August 9, 2011 at 1:37 am

    What happens if you use diet coke? You’ve said not in the recipe but is that for a particular reason or just preference? I’ve made scones with lemonade and they were fantastic. I’ve also heard of making up cake mixes with diet coke instead of eggs. I really want to try cupcakes, they look super tasty!

    • Reply Adrianna August 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

      I think Diet Coke would work fine, just not totally sure if the flavor will come through. But try them! They certainly won’t be bad. 😉

  • Reply Loreal furfaro August 9, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I just made these and they are Amazing I used milk chocolate cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate and they tasted awesome! Love this recipe thanks!!!!

  • Reply Kiran @ August 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Coca Cola cupcakes?!? Sign me up 😀 My mom used to bake these delicious vegetarian cakes and her secret ingredient – 7UP soda 😀

  • Reply Jenn August 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them myself.

  • Reply anna August 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I ‘ll do it soon.!!!!!!

  • Reply Melanie August 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Ok… huge hint. Use one cup of coke (add only as much as completely nessicary) for the melting part. Then when you add the wet to dry mixture you then add the rest of the coke. It will help add more air to the mixture (if that makes sense) and result in them being more fluffy.

    I do a similar trick for scones… lemonade (fizzy) instead of milk.

  • Reply The Cilantropist August 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I love the idea of these cupcakes, I would have never thought of it! Somehow having them in the red cupcake liners topped with a cherry makes them all the more perfect. 🙂

  • Reply Josie August 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    What a neat idea! I can’t wait to try this recipe with coke frosting. I think I’ll cook a can of coke to reduce it by half so its like syrup for the frosting. Thanks for the great ideas and recipes! 🙂

  • Reply Jackie August 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    This cupcakes may make me propose to you. But they definitely made me follow you on twitter. Nicely done.

  • Reply Sue August 11, 2011 at 6:00 am

    They look great! Love the cherry on top! Do they taste like Coca-Cola?

    • Reply Adrianna September 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Just a hint of coca-cola flavor!

  • Reply lily August 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Well this is interesting,i don,t drink cola but i will definitely try this recipe.

  • Reply Betsy August 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Has anyone tried to make this as a cake and not cupcakes? Looks great but my family is a cake family

    • Reply Adrianna August 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Betsy, The original recipe is actually for a cake, not cupcakes. I’d split up the batter into two 8-inch pans and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

  • Reply J Real August 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    These look good but the author and some of her commenters are a bit smug when it comes to the subject of actually drinking a Coke… heaven forbid! I’d hade to see the pure torture of her drinking a Coca Cola that has a maraschino cherry in it, I cringe at the thought.

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  • Reply Healthy Answers Girl August 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Oh my … how decadent!!

  • Reply Meghan August 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I just made these for my brother in law! They turned out great!!

    P.S.-I’m not a fan of maraschino cherries, BUT maraschino cherries soaked in Cruzan Wild Cherry Rum are wonderful. We went to St. Croix and had them in a drink (Sprite I believe), it was awesome!

  • Reply Madi August 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    So delicious!
    Is it possible to make them into a white cake instead of chocolate?!

    • Reply Adrianna August 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      Not having the chocolate element would change the entire recipe. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just leaving out the cocoa. 🙁

  • Reply Wendy of Wendys Hat August 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I have a lot of friends that are “Coke” addicts and would love these cupcakes!

  • Reply Kimberley August 14, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Thanks for the adapted recipe!!! I made them last night for friends and they were amazing cupcakes!!!

  • Reply sofia August 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    why not using fresh cherries? they look as cute as maraschino and taste delicious

  • Reply marketing online August 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    look like very good…

  • Reply Rebecca W. August 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Made these with root beer last night. They’re DECADENT! Whipped cream took 2 tries before I got it right, but I’m (was) a rookie. I can’t wait to share these! Will try with Coca Cola next time to see which I like better…. Thanks for the great recipe! ★★★★★

  • Reply John T August 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Great idea! I’m off to the store to buy ingredients. I like to bake cupcakes every once in a while to switch it up from cakes, plus the cherry-on-top thing only works with cupcakes and then everyone gets their own little cake. These look great too!

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  • Reply Gwen August 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I tryed this recipe. Looked and worked perfectly. Im not gonna say its tastes better than a chocolate cake, but they are pretty good.

  • Reply Alex August 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    They look fantastic! I love reading cake blogs, and love reading peoples comments as this usually gives me an idea of how the recipe might turn out, and how people from all over the world can befriend each other over a love of cooking/baking or whatever the blogs about……………………but then all to often on almost every blogs comment area there are nasty comments like here from “Faith” and “J Real” – how petty!! If you don’t like the recipe, then don’t read it, don’t tell the author they’re smug, and don’t be so rude!!

  • Reply Hope August 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    These look delicious! I passed along the picture and a link back here for my readers to get the recipe! I can’t wait to mix up a batch myself!

  • Reply Diane {Created by Diane} August 17, 2011 at 3:43 am

    They look so pretty 🙂

  • Reply betty August 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Love it!!

  • Reply Emilie August 18, 2011 at 2:25 am

    I just made these but with Cherry Coke! They are delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be sure to try out some more 🙂

  • Reply Chris August 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I get not using Diet Coke, but would Caffeine Free Coke work fine?

    • Reply Adrianna August 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Caffeine free should be totally fine. 🙂

  • Reply Adam August 19, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I followed this recipe to a T, and while they were delicious, there were a few discriminancies between the expected results and the actual results. Here is what I learned:
    1) This recipe made two Dozen cupcakes, each perfectly fitting the wrapper. I tried the suggested 15, but that was impossible to accomplish even if I were to overfill the baking tray.
    2) Do Not spray your cupcake liners. These little devils easily come out of the paper and spraying the liners only makes these greasier than they ought to be.
    3) The Coke is not a fore-running flavor of these, in fact, I can barely taste it and these would pass as regular chocolate cupcakes to anyone other than a food critic. This may be resolved if you are able to get your hands on the pure coke flavoring (before it is mixed with soda water) and cut back on the cocoa powder by about half and replacing it with some flour.

    Overall, a great cupcake but could use some tweaking. Adrianna, your presentation is wonderful and I do enjoy the photography work on your blog 🙂 It motivates me to work a little harder in my own little kitchen.

    • Reply a dude September 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks for doing this “review”

  • Reply Olivia August 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I stumbled upon this recipe and couldn’t wait to try it! I finally made them last night and was thoroughly disappointed. I don’t think these cupcakes tasted anything like coca-cola at all. The cocoa power completely overruled the coke and they ended up tasting like over-sweetened chocolate cupcakes.
    Your recipe was easy to follow and your pictures were great though!

    • Reply Z May 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      they are not really supposed to taste like cola. The cola acts as an agent to make the cake more moist and add richness, mainly because of the carbination the soft drink.

  • Reply Amanda September 6, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Interesting. Interesting. I am very interested in what these would taste like. I am def going to make these!

  • Reply T September 15, 2011 at 3:45 am

    These look absolutely fantastic! I want them now!! I’m definitely going to try making these very soon.

    If you’re looking for a new recipe to try you should give these cookies a try! They’re awesome!

  • Reply LulCow September 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Which is less classy, posting a link in your comment, or not posting a link to the original recipe that you stole to make this post??


    • Reply Adrianna September 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      Hi Lulz, The dudes from Baked don’t have blog. Would link to them if I could. I linked to their book on Amazon. Furthermore, I didn’t steal it, as I credited them. If I was stealing it there wouldn’t be credit at all. Thanks.

  • Reply Karen September 18, 2011 at 4:49 am

    So I just made these. Didn’t use coke brand because I attempt to avoid high fructose corn syrup. I used a natural cola & I may have sacrificed cola flavor, as it’s pretty subtle, but I had no problem with them sticking to the paper. I suspected that might be the problem. I also added about an extra 1/2 cup of flour. I’m nearly at sea level and I’ve had to adjust before when I had flat cupcakes so I did it automatically this time. I also got 24 cupcakes instead of 15. ? I certainly can’t complain about that. They are very tasty and moist but I’m missing the cola a little. Still very good though.

    • Reply Ann September 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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  • Reply Julie September 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Made these… the batter was yummy, but tasted nothing like coke. Unfortunately the cupcakes come out lacking in flavor. I wouldn’t make these again.

  • Reply Andii September 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    This may be a stupid question, but oh well.
    What do you mean by beating the frosting ingredients together until medium peaks form?

    • Reply Adrianna September 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Not a dumb question! So when you start beating the frosting, it’ll be just the liquid cream; after a minute, you should be at the stage when the cream is thickened but still really loose. A few minutes after this, it should be near medium peaks. You can test to see if the cream mixture is at the medium (or firm) peak stage, by running the whisk (or beater) through the center of the whipped cream and turning it upside down. The whipped cream should hold upwards with the tip folding back onto itself.

      I hope this helps!

      • Reply Andii September 29, 2011 at 3:29 am

        Most definitely.
        We’re making these for a class I’m taking, and I just wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. lol
        Thank you! :]

  • Reply Jonathan September 29, 2011 at 5:29 am

    So I just tried this with a couple of changes.
    1) I used Cake Flour
    2) I used Hershey’s Special Dark Baking Cocoa Powder (I was making Red Velvet cupcakes at the time too and transposed an ingredient from the other recipe)

    And… I’m actually disappointed. They taste great and the texture is amazing (which I assume is due to the combination of the carbonation in the Coke and the Cake Flour) but I got no Coke flavor. Is it supposed to be a subtle taste that I accidentally drowned out with the cocoa I used? I would be interested in making it again but perhaps without any cocoa at all.

    Oh, and instead of a maraschino I used agar-agar to make cola caviar. It helped some to bring a more pronounced coke flavor to the cupcake.

  • Reply daisy October 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I couldn’t find dark cocoa and just used Hershey’s instead. Still wonderful! I took them to work and got a lot of compliments 🙂

  • Reply jesika lin October 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    im making these for a boy… can i get a guarantee they’ll get me laid?
    if not ill just eat them all myself.

    • Reply Z May 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      folks, we have a winner ! (best comment on a baking blog . . .ever !)

    • Reply Robert P February 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      He’s male. Cupcakes have nothing to do with it. You’re female, that’s all he needs. 🙂

  • Reply Becca October 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I’m so happy to find this! I was planning on making some pretty epic cupcakes for the kids at school next week but I might have to try this instead! Maybe I’ll make both…coke cupcakes AND chocolate chip cookie dough filled cupcakes? hmmm….
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Tara October 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Looks like the perfect recipe. A friend made a coca-cola cake for me after a family member of mine had passed. It always reminds me of sweet friendship and love. On another note, I am shocked by the number of people who think a coca-cola cake should taste like coke. Have they never had the coca-cola cake at Cracker Barrel? It is just a very rich, extremely delicious chocolate cake that happens to have coke as an ingredient.

    • Reply Jonathan October 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      I can indeed confirm that I have never had Coca-Cola cake at Cracker Barrel. I am sure many people have failed to experience this as well. It just seems odd to me to name something Coca-Cola when that’s not really the highlight of the dish but instead, simply an ingredient.

      Not that I’m blaming Adrianna for this naming convention.

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  • Reply teddy bear October 26, 2011 at 3:32 am

    I hear you about the cherries – my kids won’t even eat them, even though they look so nice and shiny. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Reply Food Lover November 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I’ve never used Coca-Cola in any recipe, may be this will be my first try 😉

  • Reply Lily November 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Oh these look absolutely perfect!

    Even after reading about all the dyes made out f insects in the comments above… 😉

  • Reply Melanie November 9, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Made these with Dr. Pepper instead of coke- YUM!

  • Reply Jian November 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    this is the first recipe that i came across that has coca cola in it. =.= creative i must say!

  • Reply Maria November 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Wow! I stumbled upon this recipe a couple of days ago, and made the cupcakes today. Holy Moses!! They are delicious. Easily the best cupcakes ever!! So rich & chocolatey with just a hint of Coke.

    Thank you so much for this recipe (and I’m off to meander through the rest of your (clearly delicious) recipes… 🙂

  • Reply Meghan December 31, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I’m making these as I type for a New Years party tonight. Happy 2012 everyone! I have yet to finish (waiting for the cola mixture to cool) but I’m sure they’ll be great! I’m making mini cupcakes to have a more abundant amount for everyone. I had trouble finding maraschino cherries with stems?? Weird right? But I plan on only using half a cherry since the cupcakes will be smaller anyways. Yay! Happy cooking :):):)

    • Reply Adrianna January 1, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Super weird! I’ve actually only seen them WITH stems. Regardless, hope you enjoy and happy 2012! xo

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  • Reply Kaila February 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I made them tonight and they are absolutely delicious! They kind of have a light, sweet after taste. And even though I was quite nervous about the lumps, they turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Kim February 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I’m thinking Cherry Coke… 🙂

  • Reply KO March 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I made these yesterday for a 50’s-themed Anniversary party. I have to say that they were delicious, accurately represented with the description “hint of coca-cola flavor,” the texture was very airy, and the cake was moist. I used a chocolate frosting since I needed to make them the night before, and it was a great combo. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and descriptive write-up. Bravo!

  • Reply Christina March 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve always had a huge frosting phobia after a few unfortunate attempts with the hand mixer, but this frosting came out beautifully! Thanks for bringing back my frosting confidence 🙂 Also the cupcakes are fantastic, such an interesting flavor and the perfect consistency. Thanks so much for this!

  • Reply Ashley April 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Hi! I just finished make these unique cupcakes. They’re still in the oven baking. I have a question: is the batter supposed to be runny?

    • Reply Adrianna April 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Yes, the batter will be runny. Don’t worry!

  • Reply Ashley April 19, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I have a pot luck next week and without a doubt, I will be bringing this!

  • Reply Rubin April 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

    As a conservative, this makes me sad. So happy I have a sense of humor! 🙂

  • Reply Katherine April 28, 2012 at 5:34 am

    These are great. I like how you can taste a hint of coke (my husband says he can’t though).
    I made mine with a vanilla vodka frosting to try and simulate a mixed drink.
    It is pretty good, but I am not happy with the frosting texture. I made the Wilton buttercream and added the vodka when it called for vanilla (I had to add quite a bit). Not thinking, I also added the milk the recipe called for to try an make it creamier and of course it curdled. Any suggestions for making a good and fluffy frosting with booze in it?

    • Reply Adrianna April 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Ooooo. Boozing frosting. Good idea. I haven’t tried it but I should!

  • Reply Kelly April 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Just made these with my daughter and her best friend. They are DELICIOUS and SO, SO MOIST AND RICH!! This was just our practice run. We are going to make them for a party and add a thin, chocolate-coated peppermint stick in the top of each one as the “straw”. I cannot wait for all the compliments we will certainly receive! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Christina May 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    These cupcakes are completely awesome. I made these a few months ago and my family loved them. I normally stay away from chocolate cupcakes/cakes mostly because I don’t really like the flavor, but I gave this a try and I loved them. I love the texture and the hint of Coke flavor mixed with the chocolate. I am totally making some more to take to my dad. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe 🙂

  • Reply katilda May 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    ….do you think it will work just as well with dr. pepper??

    • Reply Adrianna May 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      YES! You could use Dr. Pepper or Root Beer.

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  • Reply Cassie August 30, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I only have cherry coke at home. Does that still work out the same? Has anyone tried it?

    • Reply Adrianna August 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Should work just fine. I doubt the cherry flavor will come through, though. 🙂

  • Reply meredith dameron September 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    The cupcakes turned out yummy, my icing did not. any tips?

    • Reply Adrianna September 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Hmm…I’m not sure. What went wrong exactly?

  • Reply Marcella September 30, 2012 at 11:53 am

    If I make these two days before they are actually eaten will they still be good?

    • Reply Adrianna September 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

      I’m afraid not. I think cupcakes should be eaten the day of or at the very latest, the day after. But if you want to make something and have it last, I’d recommend this cranberry banana oat bread. It lasts for days!

  • Reply Anjali October 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Thanks……the cup cakes came out perfect…… can I put a cream cheese frosting on the cup cakes…..what’s your take on this

    • Reply Adrianna October 15, 2012 at 10:54 am

      I think they’d be great with cream cheese frosting.

  • Reply Debbie October 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    These cupcakes are fantastic! I use a marshmallow fluff buttercreme frosting on them and they are fabulous! I’ve made them for work several times and everyone loves them. In fact, I’m making a batch right now! Thanks for the great recipe.

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  • Reply Callie January 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Any suggestions for baking times with muffin tins?

    • Reply Adrianna January 19, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Same bake time. They’re the same.

      • Reply Callie January 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        Thank you!

        I tried another technique for baking them without the paper/tin cups. I sprayed the pans and then floured them with the same cocoa powder (as you would a cake or brownie pan). They popped out with no problem. I also did this with the cups. It’s a little more time consuming, but they came out of the cups with no problem. You could use flour, too, but I find the cocoa powder blends in better.

        They are delicious cupcakes. I couldn’t resist eating one before I iced them.

        Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  • Reply Reenie June 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

    One can of any flavor coke or soda pop, one cake mix. That is all you need to make cupcakes. I have been doing it this way for years. My son loves cherry coke with a chocolate cake mix.

    • Reply Hanifa January 2, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Hi, with the cake mix, there are other ingredients to be added (oil, eggs, water/miilk). Do u add the coke over and above the package requirements, or do u add the coke in place of the water/milk?

  • Reply Kelly July 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I made this recipe for a bake sale and it was awesome! I really wanna make cake pops with it (sadly not the traditional way I’m no good at that, but with a pan). Do you think adding a pudding package and extra egg is good to make it dense enough for the pops, or will it mess with the recipe too much?

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  • Reply Nikki October 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This sounds delicious! I’m planning on making them for a friend’s birthday.
    How long does this take, approximately, so I know about how much time to set aside?

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  • Reply Laura December 18, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Just tried this today using Vanilla Coke and mini muffin trays and they turned out fantastic! Thank you!

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    can i use caffeine free diet coke????

  • Reply Kristen January 20, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I just took out the first batch to cool and I have a couple of other trays baking. From what I can see from the batter these taste amazing with a hint of coca cola which is not over powering but also gave a different taste to the average chocolate cake. I will have to have my other friends taste once I am finished (going to fill with cherry pie filling that has been pureed and then top with ganache) to really give the best review. Once complaint (a compliment in disguise) is that the recipe says it yields 15 and I got 26; I could tell by the measurements it would be more than 15. Again, that is actually a compliment because I am never against more cupcakes lol. Thanks for the recipe and it was simple and easy to make. Will send another follow up once they are fully complete.

  • Reply MIRIAM March 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Whar piping tip do you use?

  • Reply Robin G March 30, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    How would you suggest turning this into a cake instead of cupcakes? Since it only makes 15 cupcakes, do you think there’s even enough batter for a cake?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      I do! I think it’ll only make about a 9-inch cake so it’d only be like one layer.

  • Reply Kristin A April 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I made these cupcakes with a vanilla buttercream this weekend. Turned out well and everyone loved them!!

  • Reply lara May 7, 2014 at 12:51 am

    how long does it take you too make the whole thing

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  • Reply Alison June 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    You can’t really taste the coke in the cupcake (it’s still super good though) but my frosting came out really liquidy and it also tastes like coconut? Did I do something wrong?

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  • Reply Gabriela Viljoen October 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Hey! I’m going to be making these cupcakes for my friend’s 16’th birthday and I would like to know, how many cupcakes do you get out of this recipe, plus minus? I want to know if I should halve it or not, because I won’t be the only one making something for her. Looking forward to baking these!

  • Reply Kimi December 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    this cupcake is so cute.

  • Reply Sharon / Savormania December 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve never thought about using coca-cola to make cupcakes! This is so interesting!

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  • Reply Andrea September 1, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I made these today and I LOVE that you can taste the Coca-Cola flavor! I think next time I will add some chocolate chips in the batter. They were a bit dry too – maybe I overcooked them or overmixed them – but would have loved just a tad bit more moisture. I made maraschino cherry buttercream frosting (a play on cherry coke) and it came together nicely. I don’t mind those little buggers as much as you girls do. 😉 here’s the icing recipe I used in case anyone else wants to try the combo. Thanks for posting this!!!

  • Reply Lori Erokan February 8, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    For those who cannot stand maraschino cherries…do you know about lovely Luxardo brand cherries? Unlike the neon-red marachino cherries, these cherries have been soaked in a liqueur and are so dark they are almost black. I discovered them when I ordered a Manhattan at a nice restaurant, and the drink came with two Luxardos on a toothpick…so elegant and delicious! So of course I had to buy a jar when I attempted to make my own Manhattans at home. (And boy are they ever good!). Unfortunately, these elegant garnishes are quite expensive–but honestly, they are so good and add so much style to drinks, I would never use anything else now. And the syrup they are soaked in can be poured over vanilla ice cream–double score! So here’s my tip: purchase a bottle of Luxardo cherries at Whole Foods or Bev Mo or Williams-Sonoma. Use them on these darling cupcakes, just to see if you agree with me. And then make yourself a Manhattan or two!

  • Reply HAYLEY February 9, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I just made these and they are brilliant! I substituted for gluten free flour and used a small amount of JD honey in place of a bit of the coke and they came out moist and springy and light!! Love them! Can’t wait to get the topping on! Thank you 🙂