Cherry Coke float cupcakes. You are in for a seriously amazing treat when you create these chocolaty cupcakes. Stuffed with cherry pie filling, rich cocoa, and vanilla, these cupcakes are rich, decadent, and oh, so delicious! 

How about we end this week with a bit of a bang….

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

Ok, more than  bit of a bang.

These were the whole shebang. I knew it the moment I spotted the recipe over at The Novice Chef that they would be a hit. That girl seriously knows how to knock your socks off!

Now you’re going to have to excuse my short post – but it would be rude to talk with my mouth full!

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

 Cherry Coke float cupcakes are a dessert that will float your boat! Or your taste buds. Or maybe both.


Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

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Author: Kita


For the Cake:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 teas baking soda
  • 1/2 teas 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 teas vanilla extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

For the Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbs Coke

For the Icing:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 tbs powdered sugar
  • 1 teas Whip-It - optional*
  • Maraschino Cherries for garnish


For the Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners. Mix together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter and beat on medium-high until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each and scraping down the sides if needed. In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, Coke and vanilla extract, making sure to let the foam calm down after you mix it in. Foam will do us no good here.
  • Beginning with the your flour mixture, add to the butter mixture, alternating with the Coke mixture in 4 parts. Beat each addition just until incorporated.
  • Fill each muffin 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 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer the cupcakes 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 pie filling to each cupcake. You may want to try to chop the cherries up a bit. The whole cherries were a bit hard to fit in each cupcake. Strain and reserve the liquid, give the cherries a quick chop, and then toss them back in the liquid before filling each cupcake.

For the Glaze:

  • Mix together powdered sugar and coke with a whisk in a small bowl until no lumps remain adding more or less sugar if needed. You want a thicker constancy, one that will glaze the cupcake but not disappear down the sides or into the cupcake.

For the Icing:

  • Chill your mixing bowl for 10 to 15 minutes before you are ready to make your icing. Beat cream in a chilled bowl with whisk attachment or hand mixer on low speed. If using, add the Whip-it then begin to add the powdered sugar, 1 spoonful at a time, increasing speed as the cream comes together. Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks. Using your favorite tip, pipe the whipped cream onto cupcakes and top with maraschino cherries.

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

I went and joined another club! This one I am more than a little excited about, mainly because I’m a Christmas freak. I am not going to harsh anyone’s mellow by going all holiday chipper before Thanksgiving, but let’s be honest, as foodies, we are already starting to think about the upcoming massive amounts of baking and goodies to be had. And personally, I am going to enjoy thinking and testing out some new ideas for the next 12 weeks, hoping to give you a little inspiration. So go check out the other blogger’s participating in the 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies and start squirreling away your holiday ideas until you can unleash some magic.

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes



  1. This is so gonna get buzzed! I love your pics!

  2. Awesome photo’s, so wish I could just reach out and get one! They look killer!

  3. Oh wow….I really have to try this. I love coke cake and my husband loves cherries. This looks great!

  4. Oh wow I love this! Cherry coke must be great as a cupcake!

  5. Oh my goodness how much fun are these?! I am pretty sure my boyfriend would love these. He adores cherry coke, has some sitting in his fridge right now! Gorgeous pictures too, as always 🙂

  6. Those are beautiful. I can see why you wanted to make them immediately after seeing them! Mind if I admit that I also want to dive into that bowl of cherries and eat every one of them?

    Congrats on joining the cookie club! I’m so not a baker there’s no way I could do that, but you’ll be perfect at it.

  7. I bet these taste amazing. I love cherry coke and I wouldn’t think to have it in cupcake form but I bet it’s awesome.

  8. Oh WOW! What a brilliant recipe Kita, these look amazing! Cherry coke is on of my favorite soft drinks and these are dangerous because I’d scarf them up on an instant! 🙂

  9. Gorgeous photos, I love these! The cupcakes look super delicious, great flavors! 🙂

  10. Oh my goodness! This is amazing! I love cherry coke..add cupcakes and you’ve got me hook line and sinker. I’m so making these..immediately.

  11. Great pictures! These cupcakes look so delicious, I would love the flavour of cherry coke and chocolate.

  12. These are amazing! I do have a question though. What is “Whip-It?” I’ve never heard of it.

  13. Thanks for posting this one! I just had to save it-you did such a wonderful job on your pics and the name…well I could not resist. Great post of a delicious treat!

  14. That is absolutely sinful looking! I love these flavors together and these cupcakes look scrumptious. But, what is Whip It?

  15. It’s like you were reading my mind and I was reading yours! We’re cupcakes twins! Now, if only we lived closer we could do some cupcake swapping…because I REALLY need one of these cupcakes!

  16. These remind me of “Grease” and the nifty fifties – love it! Your christmas cookie club sounds like sooo much fun!

  17. I don’t really drink soda, but I am a SUCKER for cherry coke. I’d eat these cupcakes by the pound! YUM! And as always… love your photos!!!

  18. What a fun treat. I’ve never baked with a cola, I’m gonna have to save this to try soon!

  19. Not only do these sound delicious – your pictures are an absolute feast! Buzzed!

  20. The cherry on top does it for me! I guess that would make it Cherry Coke?

  21. These pictures are out of this world, the cupcake looks amazing! Love the cherry pie filling w/ the soda in the cupcake and really just everything sounds so delicious! I definitely need to try these out. YUM!!

  22. The cupcakes look lovely and woooah,what an idea to make these with Coca Cola!Beautiful clicks too!

  23. Ugh, SO want these! Anyway you can ship them to Israel? 🙂 They look so wonderful.

  24. I love the flavors of chocolate and cherry together and the addtion of Coke–oh yum! These look delicious! So glad you joined the 12 Weeks of Christmas cookies I’m hosting. “See” you there again next week!

  25. OMG these look amazing! I am totally craving one right now!

  26. Oh my goodness these cupcakes look amazing! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE your photos. They’re sooo gorgeous. Now if only I had a dozen of these cupcakes, my life would be complete. 🙂

  27. I thought I had left a comment on this one… 🙁

    This reminds me of my dad’s childhood memories of getting a Coke float with his dad after working on a Saturday! I will make these for him.

    I feel like a bad friend. I saw this post before, swore I had left a comment (apparently not) and I FAILED the ingredient guessing game on Knapkins!

    1. Don’t you dare call yourself a bad friend on this blog! I appreciate you coming back and leaving a comment but your a great friend to me and a great supporter of this blog – so none of that missy! ;p
      I haven’t heard of the guessing game on Knapkins yet??

  28. Cherry Coke is one of my faves! ( I <3 creme soda!!) I would love to give these a try because I love it so much

  29. I love cherry coke and thus will probably love these! Such a creative idea! Lovely photos, too.

  30. Hey! Just wondering if you think these would taste good with cream cheese frosting? It’s my favorite 🙂

    1. They wouldn’t really have the same idea (coke float) buuut I bet they would be pretty delicious. Cherries, whipped cream and chocolate? Yeah, win. 🙂 Let me know how they turn out!

  31. I was just wondering where the glaze is at? Does that go on top before the icing? or inside with cherry pie filling?

    1. christina tompkins says:

      Would really love to try your cherry coke float cupcake but where does the glaze go? Alone or under the frosting .

      1. The glaze goes on the cupcake before the icing, though over the icing would be kinda awesome too 😀

  32. Peggy Parks says:

    I’m making these today for garden club meeting tomorrow. Luncheon theme is Ice Cream Social so I thought they’d be prefect. I got exactly 3 dz. from this recipe using 1/2 c. ice cream scoop to fill liners. My question is this…how well will they store overnight in frig? Will pie filling make the cake soggy and will the whipped topping deflate?

    1. Hi Peggy,

      The cupcakes should be fine in the fridge over night, however I would try to wait for the whipped topping until before your meeting if at all possible.
      Hope you enjoy them!

  33. I’m making these, but I think I’m going to wait until serving to add icing and instead of making your frosting, I’m going to use Vanilla Cream (the alcohol infused whipped cream) for a bit of a naughty treat. I’ll let you know if it works out. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. I am sure whipped cream flavored vodka could be used too somewhere in the recipe too.

  34. I love the idea of this cupcake. But for those that do not like the taste of coca cola, could you replace the coke with Pepsi? Just curious.

    1. Can’t see why not 😉

  35. Sam Halliday says:

    These look great, but I'm a Brit and we're not used to measuring with cups! Can you tell me how much a cup of butter weighs? Do you pack the butter into a cup to measure it? Also how much cocoa should be added – 6T- tablespoons? Thanks for your help.

  36. The “T” in the recipe stands for tablespoon correct?

  37. What is Whip-It? Is it like Cool Whip?

  38. Kassandra says:

    I just tried these and they came out flat…any tips? The batter had a mousse like consistency, is that the way it’s suppose to look like?

    1. I dont think the batter is supposed to be that fluffy. To me it was more like a light pudding texture. The recipe calls to just beat until blended. Make sure that you divide the flour/cocoa mixture and the coke/buttermilk in 4ths and alternate them as you add that to the butter and sugar and egg mixture. I think the mixing method is crucial. But I do think you may have mixed the batter too much if it was a mousse consistency. Hope this helps 🙂

  39. Rachel Lehr says:

    Can you us boxed cake mix and add the coke to it

  40. I have made this recipe. The first time they were cleaned out. I have since made them again and they are fantastic! Love Love it!

  41. Should I double the frosting if I’m going to pile it on high or this a large recipe? Also how many does this yield?

    1. I didn’t double it, but Im always game for extra frosting 🙂 I don’t recall how many this recipe makes.

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