Hint: To make these cupcakes lighter you could use 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of applesauce. Use egg whites instead of whole eggs and reduced fat whipped cream for frosting.
Makes 24 cupcakes from Homemade by Holman
3 cups all purpose flour
6 T cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups Coke (don’t use diet)
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 can cherry pie filling
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with liners or spray with baking spray. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa in a bowl and set aside.
In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine sugar and butter and beat on medium-high until light and creamy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating about 1 minute after each. In a large mixing cup or small bowl, combine buttermilk, Coke and vanilla extract. (Make sure you wait for the foam to go down when measuring the Coke and don’t worry if your mixture looks curdled when you add the buttermilk.)
Beginning with the dry ingredient mix, add in 4 parts to the butter mixture, alternating with the Coke mixture. Beat each addition just until incorporated.
Use a cookie scoop or piping bag to transfer the batter to the muffin tins, filling each tin about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the tops spring back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center cupcake comes out clean. Cool about 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cooled, use a paring knife to cut out a cone shape in the middle of each cupcake. Add a spoonful of cherry mixture (2-3 cherries) to the well.
Coke is my drink of choice, and when I saw these cupcakes I had to make them. I have to have a can of coke in the morning for breakfast, it’s my morning coffee. I’ve tried quitting the stuff before but I just can’t break the habit. If I don’t have a coke, I’ll get a headache and Ben will call me an addict.
These cupcakes are very moist and cute looking. I tried making the top of the cupcake look like the whipped cream on top of a float, but didn’t really know what size tip to use when piping the frosting. It tastes more like a chocolate cake rather than a Coke flavored cupcake. I don’t think there is a way to make it taste more like coke? I left the cherries out of these since Ben isn’t a cherry pie filling fan at all, but that would make these even better.
I want to make a pina colada cupake and margarita cupcake. A mojito cupcake would be really good too. I like the idea of making a cupcake taste like your favorite alcoholic beverage. One drink I haven’t tried yet is a Bloody Mary. Now that would be one interesting cupcake.