Cherry Coca-Cola (Coke) Cupcakes

Cherry Coca Cola (Coke) Cupcakes Recipe

Cherry Coca Cola (Coke) Cupcakes Recipe

Save Recipe
Print Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Yield: 12 cupcakes

These delicious Cherry Coca-Cola (Coke) Cupcakes are perfect for those Coca-Cola fans like myself. Made using deliciously sweet Cherry Coke and topped off with Cherry Coke buttercream frosting and a sweet fresh cherry.


  • 113g (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 145g (¾ cup) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125ml (½ cup) cherry coca-cola/coke
  • 63ml (¼ cup) buttermilk
  • 125g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 15g (1 tbsp) cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • a few drops of cola extract (Sainsbury’s or Lorann’s oils)
  • a few drops of cherry flavouring (Lorann’s oils or any extract)
  • approx. 50ml (¼ cup) Cherry Coca-Cola
  • 110g (almost ¼ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • approx. 350g (2¾-3 cups icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • a few drops of cola extract (Sainsbury’s or Lorann’s oils)
  • a few drops of cherry flavouring (Lorann’s oils or any extract)
  • (optional) 12 fresh cherries


  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃/350℉/Gas Mark 4. Place 12 cupcake liners into a muffin pan and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter with the sugar until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix the cola and the buttermilk together in a jug. In a bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) together.
  3. Pour about a third of the cola and buttermilk mixture into the creamed butter and sugar, the sieve in about a third of the flour/ cocoa powder/ soda mix and stir well. Repeat this process until all ingredients are added and stir until blended and smooth.
  4. Taste test the batter. If you feel the cherry cola flavour needs a little lift, add a few drops of both the cherry and cola extract/ flavouring until desires taste is reached.
  5. Pour into each cupcake liner to about ½ to ¾ full and bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer comes out clean, then remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the buttercream frosting, cream the butter with the icing sugar adding the cherry coca-cola a little at a time until smooth and creamy.
  7. Again, taste test the frosting. If you feel the cherry cola flavour needs a little lift, add a few drops of both the cherry and cola extract/ flavouring until desires taste is reached.
  8. Using a piping bag with a large star tip, pipe swirls onto each cupcake and top off with a fresh cherry.


When stirring the cupcake batter after the cola/ buttermilk and self-raising flour has been mixed, it will become rather frothy. This is normal and the chemical reaction between the ingredients in the cola and the raising agents.

Recipe Source:


    • says

      Hehe, I know what you mean. I used to buy the bulk cans of cherry coke from Makro all the time. There’s just something more special drinking from a can rather than from a bottle. In fact, it’s even better when you’re on holiday abroad after a long hard day relaxing by the sea or pool and you order a coke and get it in a authentic glass bottle – bliss!

      Can’t say I’m much of a fan of the diet drinks though. They taste funny to me without the proper sugar. I’m just a sugar fiend, but I guess you figured that out anyway! ;)

      Thanks for stopping by, Jo.
      Lisa Crunkhorn’s latest post: Cherry Coca-Cola (Coke) Cupcakes #cbiasMy Profile

  1. Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo says

    Love these! Cherry cola can be hard to get in the uk sometimes, so I think people go crazy when they can get it!

    • says

      I’m in the UK and have had absolutely no problem buying Cherry Coke. It’s available in cans, small bottles and large bottles in all the supermarkets here in the east midlands. Where abouts are you in the UK? I had no idea it wasn’t available all over the UK, that sucks. Even Asda and TESCO do their own brand of cherry cola (I won’t drink it though).

      You can sub out the cherry coke for regular coke and just add cherry flavouring though if you’re not able to find it. Just make sure you don’t use diet as you need the sugars in the coke for this recipe.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)
      Lisa Crunkhorn’s latest post: Cherry Coca-Cola (Coke) Cupcakes #cbiasMy Profile

  2. Julie @ This Gal Cooks says

    Oh my, these look wonderful, Lisa! I wish I had one right now. Pinned and sharing on FB, Twitter and G+! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

    • says

      I’m not in the US, but I know that LorAnn oils comes from the US. We have to import them here. I used the LorAnn oils in this recipe (apart from the frosting since the LorAnn flavouring since it’s dark cola coloured).

      I can’t really answer on where to purchase them from since I’ve never been to the states – le sigh. Perhaps from the LorAnn Oils website? Hopefully someone may chime in with some info on where to buy them in the states. I’d imagine that any decent cake decorating store sells them though. That’s where I bought mine from locally.

      If you’re still troubled on finding some, I could probably send you some over. But that would work out more expensive since they’re quite pricey here with the export costs being added to the retail price then shipping back to where they came from in the first place. :lol:
      Lisa Crunkhorn’s latest post: Sugar & Slice Sunday #37My Profile

  3. says

    Hi there!

    I’m just amazed with your site, and just fell in love with this recipe.
    I found only one problem as I was planning to try it….here in my country (Brazil) we don’t have cherry cokes… could you help me and suggest an substitute for it that will keep it good and so delicious as it seems on your pics?

    I’m afraid just mixing normal coke with cherry with maraschino liqueur … using the maraschino liqueur would work as well?

    Thanks for this lovely and delicious recipe!

  4. nicola says

    Would these be ok without the cola essence? I cant get hold of any obviously short notice and am planning on making these tomorrow. didn’t realise it was so hard to get hold of! Im planning on getting some for next time but need it for tomorrow! :-/ help!!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge