Buttercream & Frosting, Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts

Chocolate Cola Cupcakes

September 23, 2011


I do not drink soda. 
I haven’t had it in years.  High school was probably the last time I had a soda.
I really don’t drink them because I don’t like the taste of the carbonation.  And I truly feel that they are not healthy and good for you.  I’d rather be drinking fruit juice and water – something that truly satisfies my thirst. 
So when I saw a cake recipe with soda in the recipe I was intrigued.  Would it taste bubbly?  Would you be able to taste the soda flavoring?  Would I like it?
My intrigue led me to actually get up and bake some cupcakes.  Luckily I had 1 Coca-Cola in my refrigerator left over from my parents coming over the night before.  I never have soda on hand so it’s like as if it was destiny to make these cupcakes. 
I got out my mixer, chocolate, buttermilk, cake flour, coca-cola, and got baking.  
Wow, did these cupcakes bake perfectly.  I can tell a recipe is good if while the cupcakes are baking they are rising perfectly.  When they have that perfect bump and don’t spill out over the edges, that’s when you know you made these cupcakes right.  These cupcakes did just that.  They had that perfect rise.  They looked exactly like a cupcake should look. I was extremely excited. 
I get excited over these things. 
I get excited when a cupcake comes out perfect. 
I get excited when a recipe turns out.
These are some of the things that make me happy :).
I frosted the cupcakes with my favorite basic buttercream.  The buttercream has a perfect butter to sugar ratio that compliments so many different types of cakes.  And this cola cake was no exception.
I was extremely surprised with this cake recipe.  It tasted so good.  It tasted like a chocolate cake.  But no ordinary chocolate cake.  It had this slight fizz.  I know that sounds weird.  How could you taste the carbonation in the cake?  But you could, you really could.  It was strange… In a good way.  It might be that the carbonation creates more air and bubbles while the cake is baking, that is produces a bubbly texture.  I don’t know this for sure, I am just guessing.  
This cake was also super moist and really flavorful.  It’s a great chocolate cake to add to my repertoire.  I will definitely be making it again. 

Chocolate Cola Cupcakes with Basic Buttercream

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Makes: 24 cupcakes
Chocolate Cola Cupcakes
1 ½ ounces Chocolate, Chopped
2/3 cup Buttermilk
2 ¾ cups Cake Flour
½ cup Cocoa Powder
¼ tsp. Baking Soda
3 eggs
1 ¾ cups Vegetable Oil
1 ½ tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups Sugar
2/3 cup Coca-Cola
Basic Buttercream
1 ½ cups (3 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, At Room Temperature
3 cups Confectioners Sugar
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
To make the cupcakes, begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners.  Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.  Set aside until needed.
Place the chopped chocolate and buttermilk in a heatproof bowl.  Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water and heat the mixture until the chocolate melts, stirring occasionally.  When the chocolate has melted, remove the bowl from the heat and whisk until smooth.  Set aside to slightly cool.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the beater attached, lightly whisk the eggs.  Beat in the oil and vanilla.  While the mixer is on low speed, gradually add the sugar until fully incorporated.  Add the melted chocolate mixture and mix until smooth. 
Add the flour mixture, alternatively with the cocoa-cola, in 3 additions – Beginning and ending with the flour.  Mix until the batter is smooth.
Divide the batter among the cupcake liners.  Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes.  Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
While the cupcakes are cooling make the buttercream, cream the butter in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Add the confectioners sugar and salt and mix (gradually increasing in speed) until the sugar is fully incorporated.  Add the vanilla and whisk until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes – you may need to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple times.  I sometimes whisk the buttercream longer than 5 minutes.  Just make sure it is very fluffy before you stop whisking.
Frost the cupcakes as desired.  Serve and Enjoy :)!

Cupcakes recipe from Sky HighButtercream recipe adapted from Annie Eats

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  • Tina September 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    These do look delicious and you did a wonderful job of decorating them. Soda can be beneficial when it comes to baking, thanks for sharing the recipe for these delicious cupcakes.

  • Krissy's Creations September 24, 2011 at 1:01 am


    Thanks Tina! Soda definitely seems to be a useful ingredient in the kitchen 🙂

  • Tabby Bear October 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    This looks amazingly beautiful and mouth watering Krissy. I can’t wait to get a hold of one of those cupcakes. This is on top of my recipe list this weekend. Thanks a lot for sharing it.

  • Krissy's Creations October 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    @Tabby Bear
    Thanks Tabby! SO great to hear you are going to make them – Enjoy :)!

  • Doll Play October 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    These cupcakes look so fancy and look like little roses!Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

  • Krissy's Creations October 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    @Doll Play
    Thank You Doll Play :)!

  • Piano Toy October 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Hi! The Coca-cola company should be thanking you rewarding you for coming up with an innovative application of their product. Your Chocolate Cola cupcakes look very, very delicious as I see them. Although, I would still advice that you just use coca-cola in your baking and avoid drinking it as much as possible because it’s really not a healthy drink. I knew of a professor of mine who died of colon cancer for drinking coke almost everyday in her entire life. Anyway, I will also try your innovative recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Judy November 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I’m like you, don’t drink soda and I’m also trying to limit my sweets. All the recipes I’ve found for this cake are loaded with sugar. Love yours w/o marshmallows and less sugar. Why I want it — I have a local New Bern blog (birthplace of Pepsi) and wanted to post a Pepsi recipe. So I’m going to use Pepsi instead of Coke. Just made a Pepsi BBQ sauce also, trying to use up a 1-litre bottle bought on sale. Probably will throw the rest out. Thanks so much for posting!