Cherry Coke Cupcakes


Chocolate cupcakes made with coco cola hold a perfectly sweet and creamy cherry buttercream!


I try to be green.  I really do.  We recycle as much of our household products as we can.  I use reusable shopping bags.  We unplug electronics when not in use.  I use recycled paper products.  I use green cleaning products.  If I remotely enjoyed gardening,  I’m SURE I’d compost.  I consolidate my errands into one trip as much as possible.  We even use biodegradable dog poop bags for goodness sakes!

However, there is one area that I am totally wasteful.  That is in the shower.  I know it’s wrong to waste water, I get that, I really do, but is there anything better than a loooooong hot shower???  No.  There isn’t.  Wait, these Cherry Coke Cupcakes are pretty darn close, but still I’d take the shower over dessert any day!  The piping hot water, covers me and turns my 4×4 shower stall into a mini spa.  The steam relaxes me completely.  What really makes my morning shower special, is that the sound of the water rushing down drowns out the rest of the household noise!  It’s like I’m in my own little cocoon and no one can bother me.  Of course, that is partly due to the fact that the bathroom door is locked.  Minor detail.   See, for those twenty few minutes I am utterly alone.   ALONE PEOPLE!!!!  This is where I do my best thinking!  This is where I am transformed from a simpleton to a genius!  I can tune out everyone and everything and concentrate on the noise in my own brain!  It’s glorious!  I rarely have uninterrupted moments to myself.  My morning marathon showers are bliss.  I need them.  Personally, I’d rather pay my water bill than for a therapist!

Yes, the idea for these cupcakes was hatched in the shower.  My daughter wanted Cherry Coke Cupcakes for her birthday.  But I wanted something a little more spectacular.   I thought of all the recipes I had researched and voila, these are the end result!   These Cherry Coke cupcakes have Cherry Coke in the cake themselves, which by magic, makes them super moist.  There is a chocolate glaze made with Cherry Coke that sits daintily between the frosting and the cake!   The frosting gets its hue and an extra dose of sweetness from maraschino cherry juice.  Over the top and ultra delicious!!!!

This is what you should do, go take a long, hot, overindulging shower (or bath if that’s your thing),  then treat yourself to one of these splendid cupcakes.  It will be Nirvana!

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I made these too:

Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Spumoni Cupcakes

I found these yummies on Pinterest:

Cherry Coke Cupcakes                                        The Cupcake Project

Cherry Coke Cupcakes                                         Annie Eats

4.7 from 3 reviews
Cherry Coke Cupcakes
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Cherry Coke meets cupcakes!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 1 box Devils Food Cake (18.25 oz)
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding (5.9oz)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup Cherry Coke
  • 4 T Maraschino Cherry Juice
  • For the glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 T Cherry Coke
  • 2 t cocoa powder
  • For the frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 T maraschino cherry juice
  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare cupcakes pans, set aside. For the cupcakes, combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, and oil in your stand mixer. Mix until combines. Add in eggs, coke and cherry juice. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Using a large cookie scoop, fill your cupcake liners about ⅔ full. You’ll have enough batter for 24 cupcakes. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cupcakes stand in the pan for about 5 minutes before removing to a cooking rack.
  3. For the glaze combine sugar and coke in a bowl. Whisk in cocoa powder until glaze is smooth. You may have to add more coke if the consistency is too thick. Spread over the tops of cooled cupcakes. Let glaze set before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, beat butter and shortening until very creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add cherry juice by tablespoons until you have a good spreading or piping consistency. You may need to add more cherry juice or milk to make frosting creamier.

recipe adapted from Annie Eats (recipe linked above)

I’m sharing this recipe with these fabulous parties as well as to:  Jam Hands,

The DIY Dreamer, and

55 Responses

  1. I am totally with you on long hot showers! They are a must every morning. I seriously could fall asleep in there! Your cupcakes are gorgeous too. Love that photo.

    • Thanks Desi! I draw pictures through the steam on the stall!!!

  2. Oh my goodness. Not only are these totally gorgeous, but they look DELICIOUS. Cherry cokes–nothing evokes childhood memories more for me! Love them still to this day. And who would have thought cherry coke + chocolate was such a brilliant combo? Love these, girl! Your daughter musta been a happy birthday girl :)

    • Thanks Hayley! I think my daughter was happy. I was happier because I got to lock the bowl!

  3. I’m SO with you! A long, indulgent, hot shower is NOT optional. It’s a necessity in my life! And definitely better than a therapist!

    • I knew I wasn’t the only guilty one! Thanks for stopping by Jen!

  4. O-M-G
    There are breath-taking
    and looking at the recipe – I can imagine how delicious the taste is

    • Thanks Winnie!!!! Im so happy we have extras!

  5. Wow. They do sound like nirvana

  6. Oh! My favorite! I’m drinking one right now actually- but I would much prefer a cupcake version! Thanks for posting!


    • Perfect timing with you drinking a cherry coke while reading this! Thanks for stopping by Amberly!

  7. These cupcakes sound so tasty, and I love your photo, makes me want to reach out and grab one!

    • Thanks Anita! They were pretty tasty!

  8. These cupcakes with that trail of chocolate glaze streaming from under the frosting look so very tempting, Tanya, just like a birthday cupcake should. And what girl wouldn’t love that pink frosting?

    • I was very pleased with that chocolate trail!

    • LOL!!! Yeah, these cupcakes sort of make you want to work out a little harder!

  9. 45 minutes, I love it!!! I could easily do that too! Thanks for stopping over Irish!

  10. Wow- now those look great! I’d love to have you link up this (and a couple more if you’d like) recipe to Wonderful Food Wednesday. We’re going to have voting on the entries this week and the top few will be featured next week. Love if you’d join us at:

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

    • Thanks for the invite! Will come link up!

  11. Totally laughing & I will take one of those cupcakes every day of the week!

  12. I am totally with you- I have always said that my best ideas come to me when I’m in the shower!! I love these cupcakes, and that pink color is amazing!

    • Thanks Deborah! I love my showers!

  13. Yum. I made a similar recipe for my daughter’s bday!! The cherry coke really does add some great moisture. I’m with you as far as the shower goes. I love a long hot shower… and locking the door. :) Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

    • I’m hooked on these cupcakes!! Funny our girls requested the same thing! Thanks Becky!

  14. I swear, a hot bath is the best therapy in the world! Along with these cupcakes, of course. Gorgeous!

  15. holy yum! these look fantastic! i just love everything you make 😉 featuring you tomorrow at the Back For Seconds Social!

  16. Haha! I lock myself in the bathroom too for some peace and quiet!!! All the quiet is great for coming up with good ideas! These cupcakes are beautiful! And I bet they taste awesome too:-)

    • It’s a shame we have to hide in the bathroom isn’t it? Thanks Jocelyn!

  17. I am featuring these tomorrow! They sound so yummy, Love cherry coke!

  18. These are insane!, they look so good, I will definitely be giving these a try!

  19. Hillary

    I am totally making these for my friend’s baby shower on Saturday. Love cherry coke!

    • Oh yeah! I hope your friend likes them!

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