Cherry Coke Cupcakes

When I came across the recipe for cherry coke cupcakes, I was so excited to try it. Who had ever heard of making a dessert that tasted like cherry coke?! I bookmarked it right away and figured I would make it to take to work. I did google the recipe to compare different ones and I decided to go with what looks like the original recipe on the blog of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen. I had never really heard of putting a glaze over an already frosted cupcake, but they looked so cute!

For the cake:

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 stick butter, melted

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 cup Coca-Cola

 

For the frosting:

2 sticks salted butter, softened

10 oz jar maraschino cherries

4 cups powdered sugar

 

For the glaze:

1/4 cup Coca-Cola

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 cups powdered sugar

4 tbsp butter, melted

maraschino cherries and gummi coke bottles to decorate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin pan with paper muffin cups. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, butter, buttermilk, eggs and coke. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl and continue to beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 of the way and bake cupcakes for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool before frosting.

In a separate bowl, beat the butter and 4 tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice together. Slowly mix in powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Coarsely chop half of the maraschino cherries and add to frosting. Beat on high for 1 minute until fluffy. Generously frost cooled cupcakes.

Lastly, melt the butter for the glaze in a small saucepan over low heat.  Once fully melted, add cocoa powder and coke. Whisk well. Once the glaze begins to boil, remove from heat and add powdered sugar. Spoon the glaze over the frosted cupcakes.

Finish them off with a cherry and a coke bottle gummi! These turned out so well and tasted so good. This recipe is definitely something to keep in the cookbook and I received many comments about the cupcakes. They looked like they came right out of a bakery. The pictures do not do them justice. You’ll just have to try this recipe for yourself to see.

The cupcakes were surprisingly easy to bake and assemble. I was a little intimidated by the three layers that made up these treats, but I used a special frosting tupperware my mother bought a long time ago. I will be using that from now on!

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