Coca Cola Cupcakes
Coca Cola Cupcakes are delicious and easy to make. They are excellent party food! The only thing to watch out for is that they cook really quickly.
The real life Lucy made Coca Cola Cupcakes last week, and burnt the first tray, because they cooked so quickly. (But she said they still tasted nice).
This recipe makes enough mixture for 24 Coca Cola Cupcakes (or about 15 Coca Cola muffins).
For the sponge cakes:
200 grams of plain flour
250 grams of caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon (the little spoon) of bicarbonate of soda (this will help the cakes rise – but only use 1/2 a teaspoon – any more and your cakes will taste very strange!)
1 large egg
125 ml of buttermilk’*’(or warm up 125 ml of full fat milk in a pan with a squirt of lemon juice, it just needs to be hand hot.)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
125 grams butter 2 tablespoons (the big spoon) of cocoa
175 ml of cola
Buttermilk is basically sour milk. That’s why we can make it by mixing a bit of lemon juice with ordinary milk and warming it up. When sour milk is mixed with bicarbonate of soda, millions of tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide are produced. These bubbles expand even bigger when in the oven and make your cakes delicious and light.
For the icing
225 grams of icing sugar
30 grams of butter
3 tablespoons of cola
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 packet of cola bottle sweets - either the jelly ones or the fizzy sugary ones, which ever you prefer!
Large bowl & Spoon
A large pan (preferably one with a heavy base, to stop the ingredients burning)
Cupcake Tray & paper cases
A sieve (to get the lumps out of the icing sugar)
What to do
(The trick is to mix the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients and then mix them all together at the last minute. This will stop the cakes becoming heavy.)
1. Put the paper cases into the tray. Heat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade/Gas Mark 4.
2. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
3. In a pan, gently heat the butter, cocoa and cola until the butter is just melted.
4. In a measuring jug beat the egg, with the buttermilk and vanilla.
5. Pour the butter mixture into the flour and then add the egg mixture. Mix this with a wooden spoon until the flour is all mixed in.
6. Spoon the mixture into the papers cases, filling them slightly less than half full. You will need to make two trays of cakes. If you have two cake trays, you can cook them all at once, otherwise just cook them separately.
7. Check the cakes after about 10 minutes. They are ready when they are risen, and are firm and slightly bouncy when you just them in the middle. If they are not quite cooked, give them five more minutes then check them again. When they are ready, put them out to cool, on a cooling tray if possible.
8. Whilst the cakes are in the oven, start the icing. Rinse out the pan and large bowl that you used before. In the pan, put the butter, cola, cocoa powder and vanilla extract for the icing. Stir it over a low heat until the butter is just melted.
9. Get a sieve and put it over the large bowl. Add the icing sugar to the sieve and by tapping the sieve, the icing sugar will fall through the tiny holes into the bowl. Keep tapping the sieve until only lumps are left then press these lumps through with your fingers. (Note from Jazzy’s mum – sieving the icing sugar is not the most exciting job, but you HAVE to do it for this recipe. Otherwise you will end up with lumpy icing which will not look or taste nice.)
8. Using a large spoon, add the sugar to the mixture in the pan and stir well. You will end up with a thick brown icing, that looks a bit like brown margarine. But it should taste much much nicer!
9. Using a spoon, dollop icing on top of each of the cakes and smooth it over with the back of the spoon. It is best to do this when the cakes are still warm from the oven and the warmth will make the icing melt a little and go smooth.
10. Put a cola bottle sweet on top of each cake. Delicious!
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admin May 14th
The mixture is very runny – its meant to be like that. Something to do with the coca cola and the baking powder makes them light and delicious after they’ve cooked. Much lighter than a normal sponge, and less dry. If you try the recipe again, keep your nerve, and don’t add more flour – this will make the sponge too heavy. They will be great. I’m going to a garden party tomorrow, and I think I’ll make a batch of these to take as a present, so I can check the recipe again. I will also amend the recipe instructions to warn people about the runny batter. In this recipe, runny is good! Let me know if you have another go x
Sophie April 13th
I made these when I was very bored and I liked the sound of them so I gave it a go. The mixture i was left with to put in the tray was VERY runny and watery so i put a bit more flour in. After they were cooked they tasted very heavy and more like a pudding than sponge. Any tips?
What do you think?