Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

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Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes | Dixie Chik Cooks
Your favorite drink as a kid and dessert all-in-one.

I went to dinner with a friend last week that ordered a Cherry Coke, but unfortunately he wasn’t successful. They didn’t have it. Assholes.

That reminds me – do you remember making “suicides” as a kid? At the movies or wherever, we used to fill big ass cups full of every single fountain soft drink. I think it made us feel rebellious. In our minds, by doing that we were really being badasses.

So, for whatever reason, cherry coke stayed on my mind after that for a day or two and I had to figure out something to make with it. After a good bit of googling, I found this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker and knew that’s what I wanted to do. 

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

These have a cherry filling, a coca-cola sugar glaze and frosting. A sugar/coke lover’s dream. You need these cupcakes.

One thing I didn’t expect – the coke in the batter made these SO.DAMN.MOIST. 

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes


    For the Cupcakes
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup Coke (don't use diet)
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • For the Glaze
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Coke
  • For the Icing
  • 1 cup heavy whipped cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Maraschino Cherries, for garnish


    Make the Cupcakes
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a standard muffin pan with paper liners; set aside.
  • Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and butter and beat on medium-high until light and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the egg and beating for an additional minute. In a large mixing cup or small bowl, combine the buttermilk, Coke and vanilla extract.
  • Beginning with the flour mixture, add in 4 parts to the butter mixture, alternating with the Coke mixture. Beat each addition just until incorporated.
  • Give the final mixture a good mix with a rubber spatula to make sure it is thoroughly combined.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the muffins tins. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center cupcake comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Fill the Cupcakes: Once cooled, use a paring knife to cut out a cone shape in the middle of each cupcake. Add a spoonful of cherry mixture (2 to 3 cherries) to the well.
  • Glaze the Cupcakes
  • In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and coke. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes to thicken. It should drip off of a soon very slowly.
  • Using a small spatula, drizzle a little of the glaze onto the middle of each cupcake and then gently spread it over the top.
  • Frost the Cupcakes
  • Beat the heavy whipping cream in a chilled bowl with whisk attachment (or hand mixer), beginning on low speed. Once the cream gets frothy begin adding the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, increasing speed as the cream comes together until you reach medium-high speed. Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks (if you dip a spoon in it, the whipped cream should stay on the spoon when you turn it upside down). Pipe the whipped cream onto cupcakes as desired and top with maraschino cherries for garnish.
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I did not write this recipe - Credit given to Brown Eyed Baker.


  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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  1. Mary Frances

    This is a fantastic recipe!! I’m super excited to try it out this weekend 🙂

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