Hello everyone! Got a request from my mom this weekend to create a treat for a birthday at work. Her co-worker LOVES anything coca-cola! When she came home with gifts of all coke memorabilia, I knew we were going with some kind of coke themed dessert. This particular cupcake is representative of a coke float, cherries and all!
First the cupcake itself: I’m no stranger to a boxed cake mix and use them very frequently in my baking, as was the case here. My go to recipes for these quick fixes usually come from Anne Byrn’s Book, The Cake Mix Doctor (you can purchase it here: http://www.cakemixdoctor.com/books/the-cake-mix-doctor/), but her chocolate cake recipe calls for ingredients I didn’t have, namely sour cream. So some internet searching brought me to this recipe from Duncan Hines: http://www.duncanhines.com/recipes/cakes/turdra/chocolate-cola-cake/. I was really just looking for a recipe that could confirm success when replacing coke for the liquid and this one did the trick!
I stopped after the recipe for the actual cake, however, the only change I made from here was replacing the oil with melted butter. The cupcakes baked up very nicely (I read some horror stories about runny and exploding cupcakes). Once they cooled I cut out the middles and filled them with ready-made cherry pie filling. How easy, right?
(Sorry for the not so great quality pictures. I left my camera in PA while visiting my sister last weekend, so these are from my phone).
In the second picture you can also see that I added a glaze. Originally, this was going to be a chocolate ganache coating, but I found that the cupcakes themselves didn’t seem to have enough coke flavor, so I wanted to add another coke element. I added about 2-3 Tbs of Coca-Cola to about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar so it had a rather thin consistency and dipped each cupcake in the glaze. Then I let them sit to harden slightly.
Finally, the topping: I went with a very simple and classic whipped cream. Whipped up about 1 cup of heavy cream with 3 Tbs of powdered sugar. With the sweetness of the cupcake and the glaze I wanted to keep the whipped cream less sweet.
I found some adorable paper milkshake straws at target (on clearance!!!!!!!!!!!!) in all different colors, so I pulled out the red ones, cut them to size (about 1.5″) and placed them into the whipped cream like straws in a Coke Float!