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!

Cupcakes:
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 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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 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. πŸ˜‰ here’s the icing recipe I used in case anyone else wants to try the combo. http://livelovetexas.com/easy-cherry-buttercream-frosting-recipe/ Thanks for posting this!!!

  • Reply Abela July 15, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Singh! I wished i could reach into screen and just grab it.it looks absolutely delicious:-)
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