Cherry Coca-Cola (Coke) Cupcakes

Cherry Coca-Cola (Coke) Cupcakes

Yield: 12

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

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.

Ingredients:

Cherry Coke Cupcakes

  • 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)

Cherry Coke Frosting

  • 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)

Decorations

  • (optional) 12 fresh cherries

Directions:

  1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, 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 cherry coke 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 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. To decorate, use a piping bag with a large star tip and pipe swirls onto each cupcake. Top off with a fresh cherry.

Notes:

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.