Coca-Cola Cupcakes

 Coca-Cola Cupcakes are made with Coca-Cola mixed right in the batter. Sweet and delicious.

Coca-Cola Cupcakes are rich, chocolately and totally fun! Top them with a swirl of cherry infused buttercream and you have a treat the whole gang will love.

This is post is sponsored on behalf of Keurig® Kold™ and Coca-Cola®. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible.

Ever since we’ve moved near family, we’ve kind of become the it house for all types of occasions. From Easter and Halloween to the Cavs’ season opener and everything in between, there’s really not a week that goes by where we’re not having family over. And we love every minute of it.

Only problem is, we have a pretty picky family, so cooking and entertaining can sometimes be a bit tricky. We have meat lovers and meat haters, vegetable adorers and vegetable loathers. And the same goes for beverages, everyone likes something different.

You should’ve seen our extra refrigerator for our Halloween party – literally busting open due to being filled with different sodas, bottled water, sparkling water, etc. In fact, I’m pretty sure we could sustain life for a few weeks on the soda cans alone. Kind of a problem considering we also use that fridge to hold other important items like butter and bacon.

Coca-Cola Cupcakes have a gorgeous cherry infused buttercream on top. No straw required!

Enter the Keurig® Kold™. If you haven’t seen this new appliance yet, it’s pretty darn amazing. It’s everything you love about your Keurig® coffee system, but with a totally new, cool twist. It’s kinda like the Jetson’s version of making Coke® at home. With just a touch of a button, you’ll have a perfectly chilled and carbonated Coke®. No need for ice cubes or a bulky CO2 canister. How awesome is that?

We’re all lovers of fountain Coke® and the Keurig® Kold™ is about as close as we can get to the real thing in the comfort of our own home. You can even make perfectly chilled craft sodas, seltzers, iced teas, sports drinks and more. All at the push of a button. With so many options, everyone will be able to select and make their favorite beverage in a snap. And I can keep all the little pods neatly organized in my pantry instead of all the cans in our fridge.

Anyone who’s ever met my husband knows he has a love affair with Coca-Cola®. We can be at the fanciest restaurant, and it’s a Coke® for him every time. Simple, sweet pleasures are what life’s about, he’d tell you. The fact that he can now have a fresh, fizzy fountain-like Coke® by pressing a button? I may has well have told him we’d won the lottery. That’s how happy he is about the Keurig® Kold™.

The Keurig Kold Drinkmaker creates perfectly chilled, carbonated and portioned Coca-Cola at the push of a button.

Our Keurig Kold™ is now the hit of our house and surpassed the ridiculously large stuffed pony toy as the number one conversation piece. You should have seen us at our recent cookout with Keurig Kold™ on full display for everyone to use. It was super fun to introduce MY family to the future.

Introduce your friends and family to the future of carbonated beverages, and show them how easy it is to make a Coke® at home. Whether it’s family game night, movie night in, college game day, or a Jetsons marathon, you can make it more memorable with fun glasses, straws and fruit garnishes.

We’ve been joking that we could start our own in-house soda fountain now, and that’s what inspired these delectable cupcakes. They’re made with Coke® from the Keurig® Cold™, which makes them both moist and sweet. Then they’re topped with a luscious cherry buttercream, to mimic my personal favorite soda fountain treat, a Cherry Coke®. Pop a cute, festive straw in each one to give homage to the soda fountain, and have your own 50’s sock-hop party at home. So fun!

Looking for more cupcake recipes? Be sure to check out my Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes, Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes, and Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes.

Coca-Cola Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


For the Cupcakes

  • 12 ounces Coca-Cola®
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

For the Buttercream

  • 4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ pounds (24 ounces) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 6-7 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

For the Topping

  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • maraschino cherries, optional


For the Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 standard muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer combine the Coca-Cola®, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add in sour cream, mix until fully incorporated.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, and baking soda.
  5. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. The batter will be thin.
  6. Evenly divide batter amongst the prepared muffin wells.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove pan to wire rack. Cool completely before removing from muffin tins.

For the Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter at medium-high speed for about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in powdered sugar. Once the powdered sugar is fully incorporated, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for an additional 5 minutes
  2. Add in vanilla, and maraschino cherry juice. Blend on low speed until moistened.
  3. Beat at medium-high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy; about 2 minutes.
  4. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes.

For the Topping

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the heavy cream until very hot, but not boiling.
  2. Place chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Whisk the cream and chocolate until smooth. Whisk in the honey and vanilla. Allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes. Do not let the glaze sit for too long or it will harden up before you spoon it over the frosting.
  3. Spoon the glaze on the tops of the frosted cupcakes, allowing it to drip down the sides a little bit. Don’t add too much glaze or it will drip all over your liners.
  4. If desired, top each cupcake with a stemmed maraschino cherry.
  5. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator. Remove them to room temperature one hour before serving.
Chocolate Topping adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

14 Responses to “Coca-Cola Cupcakes”

  1. Terry Wise — November 14, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    This is going to replace the cherry brownies I had planned to make for Thanksgiving. The recipe/photo look wonderful.


  2. rebecca — November 14, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Just an FYI, for your Keurig giveaway. There is no photo for instagram to like. It’s blank. I was unable to find any photo that I thought might be it so I liked the photo on the rocking horse. Thanks!


  3. Misha Verma — November 16, 2015 at 8:31 am

    What an amazing combination….something different to try the hands on.


  4. CindyB — November 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    This will be perfect for the Hollydaze!!!


  5. Tracy | Pale Yellow — November 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Even though I know soda is terrible for you, I love it and diet Cherry Coke is my absolute fav!  I can’t wait to recreate with butter and sugar!  These are gorgeous!


  6. Sammie — December 14, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    These cupcakes look so beautiful and so tempting. Cherry coke is my favourite and I’m guessing these amazing cupcakes hit that spot. Fantastic recipe, thank you for sharing. Sammie.


  7. AZRINA — May 10, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Can’t wait to try this! Can I use Coke Zero as a substitute?


    • Jamie — May 10, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Hi, Azrina! I haven’t tried this with Coke Zero, but I say give it a go! Let me know how it turns out!

  8. Mina — July 24, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Just gave these cupcakes a try. I’m sorry, but I followed the recipe exactly and they were horrible. The cupcakes themselves were gummy and tasted nothing like Cherry Coke. Rather, they tasted only like cocoa powder. The flavor of cocoa powder dominates anything, so no surprise there.
    The frosting, however, was the worst. It tasted ONLY like butter and powdered sugar. The cherry juice had no purpose in it, apart from coloring. 4 entire sticks of butter and 2.5 POUNDS of powdered sugar? Yuck.
    I’m sorry if these critiques sound harsh, but I want to get my review out there to warn other people as well as to give feedback to the author. This recipe needs to be tweaked.


    • Jamie — July 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Hi, Mina. The cupcakes are Coca-Cola cupcakes, not cherry coke cupcakes. Also, the buttercream only calls for 1/5 pounds of powdered sugar. I’m sure an extra pound of sugar would have made the cupcakes really sweet! I hope maybe you give it another try. Let me know how it goes!

  9. Hayley — March 14, 2017 at 6:48 am

    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 :) 


    • Jamie — March 14, 2017 at 7:46 am

      You’re so welcome, Hayley! Glad you liked them!

  10. Bella — April 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I’m not finish making them yet but my batter is very thin and I am worried that they won’t cook right. How this is the batter supposed to be? 


    • Jamie — April 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Hi, Bella! The batter is supposed to be thin. How did they turn out?

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