Cherry Coke Cupcakes!

18 Dec

I made these when I was working at Yum Cupcakery (now Sarkara Sweets Cafe) and they put them out as a daily flavor. I do not drink any soda but I thought it would be a crowd-pleaser. Turned out they were and all the coke cupcakes sold out for the day! The coke taste was definitely apparent and the maraschino was the cherry on top of the whole creation! (punny?)

Cherry Coke Cupcakes
Adapted from: Annie’s Eats

For the cupcakes:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup sugar
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
½ cup buttermilk
¾ cup Coca-Cola
¼ tsp. maraschino cherry juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Maraschino cherries, stemless
1 can vanilla frosting

For the coke glaze (optional):
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp. Coca-Cola

-Preheat the oven to 350° F
-Line  a muffin pan with foil or paper liners. 
-In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. 
-Stir together and set aside. 
-With an electric mixer, combine the sugar and butter; Mix until light and fluffy.  
-Mix in the egg until incorporated.  
-In a bowl or large measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, Coke, maraschino cherry juice, and vanilla extract; stir to combine.  (This mixture may look disgusting and/or curdled – it’s okay!)
-Mix the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture on low speed, alternately with the liquid ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing just until incorporated. 
-Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners. 
-Drop 2-3 stemless maraschino cherries into each cupcake well and push them down into the batter. 
-Bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
-Allow to cool.

To make the optional glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and Coke in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.  Spoon or drizzle a small amount of the top of each cupcake. Allow to set.

To assemble: frost cupcake with vanilla icing, drizzle with coke glaze and top with a maraschino cherry! Ta-Da!

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