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Cherry Coke Cupcakes with Cola Frosting

“Tastes like soda,” commented Groom 4.0 when I had him try these cherry Coke cupcakes without knowing what they were.  Score!  Goal achieved.  He went on to say that if Bride 4.0 didn’t pick these as her choice for their wedding cupcakes, he would replace his selection, Piña Colada cupcakes, with these.  He didn’t need to worry – after two bites of these moist maraschino-filled cherry Coke cupcakes, Bride 4.0 was already picturing 80 of them on her wedding cupcake stand.

Cherry Coke cupcakes require an ingredient that you don’t have and probably aren’t going to be able to find at any store near you.  Sorry!  The good news is that it’s cheap (just $5.95) and I’ll tell you where to get it online (no, I’m not being paid to write this, and I get no kickback).   The secret ingredient that is no longer a secret is Kool Kola extract from The Homemade Soda Company.  While there are quite a few recipes online for cola-flavored cupcakes, what makes mine really pop (soda-pop that is) is the cola extract.  I use it in the cake (in addition to actual cola) and to make frosting that tastes just like Coke without being watery.  You could certainly try making cherry Coke cupcakes without the extract, but they just won’t be the same.

Cherry Coke Cupcake Recipe

Cherry Coke Cupcakes with Cola Frosting

Yield: 11 cupcakes (true, a dozen would have been a nicer number, but the recipe didn

Cherry Coke Cupcakes with Cola Frosting

Ingredients

    Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1 C cola (I use the Whole Foods house brand, 365)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/3 C canola oil
  • 2 tsp Kool Kola extract
  • 1 1/3 C flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 44 maraschino cherries (I know it sounds like a lot. I did four per cupcake. You could cut down on the number if you aren't a huge maraschino fan; or, leave them off entirely to just make Coke cupcakes.)
  • Coke Frosting Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 C powdered sugar (add more if you prefer a thicker frosting)
  • 2 tsp Kool Kola extract

Instructions

    Cupcake Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the soda and vinegar and let stand for a few minutes.
  2. Add in the sugar and oil, whisking vigorously until slightly frothy.
  3. Mix in the Kool Kola extract, flour, baking powder, and baking soda until just combined.
  4. Fill cupcake liners approximately 3/4 of the way to the top.
  5. Drop 4 cherries with stems removed into each cupcake (I put them in a square pattern).
  6. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.
  7. Coke Frosting Instructions
  8. Beat cream cheese and butter.
  9. Slowly mix in powdered sugar until the mixture looks like frosting.
  10. Mix in extract.
  11. Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/03/cherry-coke-cupcakes-with-cola-frosting.html

 

Recipe credits

I got the idea for putting the whole maraschino cherries directly into the cupcake from Annie’s EatsHer version of the cherry coke cupcake is definitely worth checking out.

The cupcake recipe itself is an adaption of the root beer cake that I used for my soda fountain cupcakes.  That recipe originally came from BitterSweet.

The Cupcake Wrapper

Jonathan made these wavy Coke-inspired cupcake wrappers using our Silhouette (read my post on creating cupcake wrappers for more on how that works).  He will not be making custom wrappers for the wedding (it would be way too much work, considering I’m baking cupcakes and he’s the wedding photographer), but we really liked the way they turned out.

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47 Responses to Cherry Coke Cupcakes with Cola Frosting

  1. marissa March 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    oh man I can’t wait to try these. I’m such a cherry coke fan it’s like you made them for me ;)

  2. Brandi March 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to try a cherry coke and red vine cupcake.. I may adapt this a bit…after I try it your way, first…

  3. Jen March 22, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    looks amazing. cherry coke zero is one of my favourite treats, can’t get it here in Canada which probably is a good thing.

    Also when groom 4.0 said “tastes like soda” well Duh.

  4. Stacy and Ellie March 22, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    That is too cool! Thanks for the inspiration, I am definitely adding this to my list of to-do’s :)

  5. Kimberly March 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Umm … yes, please!

  6. Annie March 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I love your version of this cupcake, and the cola extract is a great idea. I’ll have to try that myself! Thanks for the link :)

  7. Jess March 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Hello! I recently received the Stylish Blogger Award and am passing it on to you! I absolutely love everything about your blog, such a fun idea!

  8. Chef Basket March 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    What unique cupcakes. Thanks for this recipe for cherry coke cupcakes.

  9. rosy+tart March 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    Holy geez, I’m going to have to make these. Sugar + cherries + coke….. all some of my favorite things! :)

  10. cailen ascher March 25, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    umm…can i say YUM!! what a cute (and delicious) idea for a cupcake.

    fabulous blog – i’m your newest follower : )
    tgif
    cailen

    http://www.cailenascher.blogspot.com

  11. Peggy March 26, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    What a genius idea for a cupcake! Definitely going to try them soon!

  12. Anna Carlson March 26, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    So I’m definitely buying this kola extract to make whiskey coke cupcakes but coulnd’t find how many oz the extract is. Can you help me with that since you’ve already bought it? Thanks!

  13. Stef March 26, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Anna – Yeah, I don’t know why it doesn’t say. I had to call them and ask when I bought it. It’s 4oz.

  14. Lily March 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    Wow – this looks amazing. Presentation is everything and you get an A for presentation.

  15. Laurel {Make and Takes} March 30, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    I love this idea! And I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  16. Kimmy Bingham March 30, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    These look amazing! Definitely on my “to-make” list!

  17. Arni Zachariassen March 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    The only way to improve these is to introduce pop rocks to the icing, so it feels all carbonated.

  18. Tugs Girl March 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    I’m wondering if a Cherry Coke reduction could be used in place of the extract?? I see an experiment coming . . .

  19. Stef April 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    Arni – The problem with pop rocks in icing is that they pop as soon as they get moist. It’s a great idea though. Let me know if you can figure it out!

    Tugs – Let me know how that goes!

  20. Fru Choklad April 2, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I realy must try to make this one. How cool is’nt the flavoring!?

  21. Kim B April 24, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    I made these cupcakes last night for Easter today and they were awful. No depth of flavor, unfortunatly flat. I had ordered the Kool Kola syrup and drove all the way to Whole Foods (good excuse to go, so the ingredients were the same. Nice idea, so I thought I would try the Annie’s Eats version and it was very good. I think the cocoa powder and cherry juice made a huge difference. I did a blind taste test with the family and they chose Annie’s version hands down.

  22. Stef April 24, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Kim – I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t like them. They were a huge hit with the wedding couple and everyone at the wedding. But, of course, people have different tastes. Glad I was at least able to provide inspiration and a link to a recipe that you ended up enjoying more.

  23. Suffern AC May 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    The maraschino cherries that you use for this recipe – do you recommend the homemade version and would that make a difference?

  24. Stef May 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Suffern – I used the the all-natural maraschino cherries that I found at Whole Foods. You could also use the homemade kind. Any kind would work, it’s just depends on which cherries that you prefer the taste of.

  25. Suffern AC May 18, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Thanks. These were a hit at the bake sale. I did use your homemade marschino cherry recipe. I was worried that the cinamon would interfere with the cherry coke flavor but it did not. I also added about 2 t of the liquid to the icing to give it a hint of cherry flavor as well, since I drink cherry coke for the cherry more than the coke.

  26. Lisa Cronk August 16, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    My hubby loves cherry coke but will not eat any kind of fruit (cherries included!). Is there a good way to get the cherry flavor into the cupcake without using the whole cherries themselves. Would you just put some of the juice in there? I’m not very good at adapting recipes. I just follow directions. : )

  27. Stef August 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Lisa – I tried it with just the cherry juice and I didn’t think the flavor came through very well. You could blend the cherries up so he doesn’t notice them.

  28. Lulu October 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Hi, I’m in the UK and am trying new cupcake recipes. I would love to try this recipe but some of the items on your ingredients list I can’t get in the UK and your measurements are different to ours. I was wondering do you know of UK alternative ingredients please. I can work the measures myself. It sounds very tasty. Thanks

  29. Callie October 28, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Have you thought about trying to use a cherry coke reduction instead of the extract? It’s just a thought. I’m not sure how well it would actually work…

  30. Anonymous January 9, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Could you use Soda Streams cola syrup instead of the extract? Its much easier to find in the stores such as bed bath and beyond, kholes, and best buy. It runs about the same price as the extract but its about 17 oz.

  31. Stef January 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Lulu – Which ingredients? I may be able to help, but it’s hard to say.

    Callie – It might work, but it wouldn’t be as strong as the extract.

    Anon – That would probably work and would certainly be worth a try.

  32. Sydney September 24, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Love them!

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    Have you ever made a cake out of these cupcakes? I have had a request for them to be made into a cake.

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    OMG i cant wait to try these!!!!!!!

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