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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

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Cherry Coke Cupcakes with Cola Frosting

I use cola extract in the cake (in addition to actual cola) and to make frosting that tastes just like Coke without being watery.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry coke cupcake recipe, cherry coke cupcakes, cola frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 11 cupcakes
Calories 401kcal
Author Stef


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


Cupcake Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the soda and vinegar and let stand for a few minutes.
  • Add in the sugar and oil, whisking vigorously until slightly frothy.
  • Mix in the Kool Kola extract, flour, baking powder, and baking soda until just combined.
  • Fill cupcake liners approximately 3/4 of the way to the top.
  • Drop 4 cherries with stems removed into each cupcake (I put them in a square pattern).
  • Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.

Coke Frosting Instructions

  • Beat cream cheese and butter.
  • Slowly mix in powdered sugar until the mixture looks like frosting.
  • Mix in extract.
  • Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.


Nutrition Facts
Cherry Coke Cupcakes with Cola Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 155mg6%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 415IU8%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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.

Moist maraschino-filled cherry Coke cupcakes perfect for a crowd! This cupcake is easy and will fit your budget. Plus it has a secret ingredient to make a frosting that tastes just like Coke without being watery. Try this amazing dessert recipe!
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