My late father LOVED Coca-Cola. In fact, he was the first person to introduce me to it when I was a little girl, and it was love at first taste! I used to drink a lot of it, but I stopped several years ago. I guess I outgrew it, but I still like to have it occasionally. Thankfully, my little girl has never had any yet – except in these cupcakes!
Because yesterday was Father’s Day, I decided whip up a batch of yummy Coca-Cola cupcakes to not only celebrate my husband (who is also the father of our daughter) but also as a way of remembering my own father who passed away 5 years ago.
I love collecting vintage recipes, and I found this recipe for classic Coca-Cola cake in a 1970s cookbook. Unlike many recipes for Coca-Cola cake, this one doesn’t call for marshmallows and nuts to be used in the cake batter, and this made it perfect for making cupcakes. I decided to pass on the original frosting for this recipe and just use chocolate buttercream because I wanted to make a swirl with the frosting (using an icing bag for decorating and Wilton’s 1M decorating tip). When I think of Coca-Cola cake, I always think of it being topped with chocolate frosting, but of course you can use just plain old buttercream (white) or whatever you prefer. I did include the original frosting recipe.
Here is the recipe for the cake:
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil (It is up to you if you would like to substitute something else that you consider to be more healthy than oil. I wouldn’t try to replace the oil completely because you will end up with a dry cake! You do need some of the oil. I wouldn’t try to use applesauce for this recipe, BUT you can try to replace a little of the oil with PLAIN yogurt – either whole, low-fat, or nonfat. I have tried replacing only half of the oil with lowfat yogurt and I think it came out pretty well, but not quite as good as using all oil. I don’t think nonfat would be a good choice.)
- 2 squares unsweetened chocolate (melted)
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (NOT self-rising)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 10 oz. of Coca-Cola – or 1 1/4 cups (NOT diet Coca-Cola – yuck!)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Cream together sugar and oil (I use an electric mixer, of course). Add eggs, melted chocolate (after it has cooled down), and vanilla. Sift flour and add to the mixture. Add Coca Cola and baking soda last. Bake at 350 F. I baked cupcakes from this recipe which yielded about 32 cupcakes. Baking time can be anywhere from 15 to 22 minutes for most ovens (mine is 12 minutes to perfection). Or you can bake it in a 9 x`13 inch pan. The original recipe says to bake for 30 minutes, but PLEASE NOTE than not all ovens are the same and cooking times may vary. You may either have to adjust your oven temperature or the cooking time. Of course, I keep close watch on whatever I am cooking or baking, but my nose usually lets me know when something is done and needs to come out of the oven, so you can’t always rely on what the recipe book says. Trust your nose and your instincts. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
Here is the ORIGINAL FROSTING for this recipe, but I used chocolate buttercream instead. Here is the link to my chocolate buttercream recipe which I posted in the past https://wordpress.com/post/maryssweetaddiction.wordpress.com/156
You can use whatever icing you choose.
- I cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup whole milk (I tend to use low-fat milk)
- 1/4 margarine (or butter if you prefer – I prefer butter)
- 1 square unsweetened chocolate
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients except vanilla in sauce pan and boil for one minute. Remove from heat, add vanilla and beat until cool. Spread on cooled cake.
I decorated my cupcakes using maraschino cherries. Of course I NEVER eat maraschino cherries. They are just for show as far as I am concerned. You can omit them if you prefer or maybe use real cherries (I haven’t tried that)? I also used these cute straws that I found in Walmart (as seen in the pictures). Just cut them in half and sick them inside each cupcake once it’s decorated.