As the dessert for our Independence Day picnic, I made chocolate cherry cola cupcakes. I got the idea to do this from Better Homes and Gardens, which calls their recipe "Fourth of July Cherry-Cola Cake", and instructs you to make it as a layer cake.  The picture on BHG looks charming enough, but this picnic had to be portable, so I adjusted the recipe to make it into cupcakes, which were much easier to pack and serve.  For the icing, I modified the "Quick White Icing" recipe from Joy of Cooking.

Chocolate Cherry Coke Cupcakes


1 Package 2-layer size Dutch chocolate cake mix
1 12oz Can Cherry Coke


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare a cupcake pan with grease and flour or cupcake liners.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to instructions, but substitute liquid called for with Cherry Coke.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake 20-22 minutes.
  4. Cool on a wire rack.  Allow cupcakes to cool completely before icing.

Cherry Coke Icing


12 oz (1 can) Cherry Coke
4 Cups (1 Pound) confectioners' sugar
1/2 Cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt


  1. In a saucepan, reduce Cherry Coke until it is about 4 Tbs of thick liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, combine sugar and butter and beat on medium speed.
  3. Add Coke and salt to butter and sugar and beat until smooth.

Notes: Most of the cherry flavor left the Coke during the reduction process, but the frosting still had a cola flavor.  Next time, would add some cherry flavor. 


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