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Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes

Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes

These Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes have a surprise inside that make them incredibly moist. The cupcakes get their amazing flavor from Coca-Cola, cherry pie filling and maraschino cherry liquid.

These Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes have a surprise inside that make them incredibly moist. The cupcakes get their amazing flavor from Coca-Cola, cherry pie filling and maraschino cherry liquid.

These Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes have a surprise inside that make them incredibly moist. The cupcakes get their amazing flavor from Coca-Cola, cherry pie filling and maraschino cherry liquid.

What are Cherry Coke cupcakes?

The chocolate cherry coke cupcakes are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting that’s been infused by maraschino cherry juice. And, of course, there is a maraschino cherry on top of each cupcake.

Decadent describes these cupcakes perfectly.

The cherry pie filling mixed into the cake batter makes these cupcakes incredibly moist. They do take a few additional minutes to bake, but trust me… they are SO worth it.

These Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes have a surprise inside that make them incredibly moist. The cupcakes get their amazing flavor from Coca-Cola, cherry pie filling and maraschino cherry liquid.

For more delicious cupcake recipes, be sure to check out my Cherry Limeade Cupcakes, Snickers Cupcakes, Lime Coconut Cupcakes and Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting.

I was inspired to come up with a recipe for these Coca Cola cupcakes, after my family went nuts for my Chocolate Coca Cola Cake which is now our all-time favorite dessert. It tastes even better than the Double Fudge Coca Cola Cake they make at Cracker Barrel. These Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes definitely rival that cake.

cherry chocolate coca cola cupcakes

What does Coca-Cola do for baking?

In baking, cola is used for its chemical properties. The acidic ingredients in coke react with the baking soda to create little tiny air bubbles for extra lift. Thus, creating a fluffier cupcake or cake.

Can you use Cherry Coke in this recipe?

Absolutely, you can use cherry cola. It doesn’t change the flavor much, because the cupcakes get their cherry flavoring from the cherry pie filling and maraschino cherries. I typically have regular cola in my fridge, so that is what I used.

chocolate cherry cola cupcakes

Ingredients for Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes

Devils Food Cake Mix
Eggs
Oil
Coca Cola
Maraschino cherries with syrup
Cherry pie filling
Butter Cream Frosting

For the exact measurements, please see the recipe card below.

cupcake ingredients

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Coke Cupcakes

Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except substitute coca cola for water.

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add maraschino cherry syrup and cherry pie filling. Mix on low speed until combined.

cupcake batter in mixing bowl

Line muffin cups with paper baking cups. Pour batter into cups, almost to the top (these cupcakes don’t rise a lot) and bake according to directions for cupcakes.

cupcake batter in tins

Cool completely, frost with cherry frosting and top each cupcake with a maraschino cherry.

cherry coke cupcakes recipe

How to Store Coca Cola Cupcakes

These cupcakes do not require refrigeration and can be stored on the countertop. You do want to make sure to keep the cupcakes in a cupcake holder or other air tight container. I love this cupcake holder, available on Amazon. It is perfect for cupcakes with a lot of frosting swirled on top.

These Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes have a surprise inside that make them incredibly moist. The cupcakes get their amazing flavor from Coca-Cola, cherry pie filling and maraschino cherry liquid.

Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes

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These Chocolate Cherry Coca Cola Cupcakes have a surprise inside that make them incredibly moist. The cherry coke cupcakes cupcakes get their amazing flavor from Coca-Cola, cherry pie filling and maraschino cherry liquid.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 247 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Devils Food Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 12 ounces Coca Cola
  • 8 ounce maraschino cherries
  • 21 ounce cherry pie filling lightly drained
  • 2.5 cups butter cream frosting see below for my recipe
  • 2 tbsp maraschino cherry liquid
  • 24 maraschino cherries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare Buttercream Frosting adding in 2 tbsp maraschino cherry liquid, set aside.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions, except substitute coca cola for water.
  • Add maraschino cherry liquid and cherry pie filling. Mix on low speed until combined.
  • Line muffin cups with paper baking cups. Pour batter into cups, almost to the top (these cupcakes don't rise a lot).
  • Bake on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Remove cupcakes from pan and move to a wire rack. Cool completely, frost with cherry frosting and top each cupcake with a maraschino cherry.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 97IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cherry coke cupcakes, chocolate cherry cupcakes, coca cola cupcakes
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This recipe was first published in May of 2012. It has been updated with new images. However, the same great recipe remains the same.

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  • I just made these and they were raw inside even after baking an extra 15 min. They were burnt on the bottom but raw in the middle. Any ideas? I think it’s cause their to wet… Gonna try again this time gonna use cherry coke and put pie filling in the middle and not gonna add the cherry juice. I’ll let y’all know how they turn out. I also subbed unsweetened applesauce for the oil I always do makes cakes and cupcakes a teensy bit better for you. Thank you!

    • Oh no! I have now made these a few times and they have turned out really good. They are super moist cupcakes. I wonder if cooking on a lower temp would help? That’s a good idea to omit the extra cherry juice and substituting the applesauce. Please let me know how they turn out.

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