Coca Cola Cupcakes | Retro Recipes | #SundaySupper

Coca Cola Cupcakes | Retro Recipes

How much fun is it to reminisce about days gone by? It’s called memories, and we love them, we crave them and they take us back to a place that was both comforting and safe. Sometimes a memory can be triggered by a smell, or something we see, reminds us of something else. But for someone like me, it’s food memories. Memories of foods from my past always elicit warmth and comfort that seem to reach right down to my soul. SundaySupperThis week’s Sunday Supper is a “Retro Recipes” theme! It has been so much fun seeing the titles of the other participants and seeing what everyone is sharing. I’ll be super honest, I had no idea what made a recipe retro, but figured if it was supposed to date back to my childhood, I was sure I could come up with something. What’s more retro than Coca-Cola®?

Coca-Cola® Cupcakes

I chose Coca-Cola® Cupcakes to share with you today, because they are not only retro but because someday these will be a memory for my own children – a food that will bring them back to a time that is comforting. The funniest part of this recipe, is that I never did eat Coca-Cola® Cake (or cupcakes) as a child. And *gasp* I have a little confession… I don’t actually like them that much. I know, I know, right? But my kids do. And will happily devour half a cake in one sitting, anytime I make it for them. My friends do too. Even my neighbors do.

I think I’ve just been spoiled by this cake, (which is my very favorite cake in the world) because it’s just not the same – it’s probably not a retro cake, but it’s a HUGE part of my childhood.

Today I decided to do Coca-Cola® cupcakes and pop them in a jar because they are just easier to serve and handle and well, because my kids will be taking these to school with them this week and I wanted them to be convenient to take. Nothing worse than getting to school, opening your lunch and finding a smashed piece of Coca-Cola® Cake or a cupcake in your lunchbox. Nope. So cupcakes in a jar  it is.

And apparently cupcakes with Coca-Cola® because well, what would a retro recipe be, without Coca-Cola®?

I guess it would be a retro recipe without Coca-Cola®… anyway. Moving on.

You should see all the great recipes on the Coca-Cola® Website too … you can make all sorts of things with it – who knew? I don’t typically cook with Coca-Cola®, but if I ever decide to again, I know where to go. Awesome. So, about those cupcakes. Here’s how to make them.

Coca Cola Cupcakes | Retro Recipes | #SundaySupper
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Retro
Serves: 20-24 servings
For the Cake:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola®
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Frosting:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola®
  • 1 box (16 ounces)confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
To Make the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the sugar and flour together.
  3. In a saucepan on the stove, mix the butter, vegetable oil, cocoa and Coca-Cola® together. Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients blending together well.
  4. Dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk and immediately add to the batter along with the two eggs, and the extract. Mix together well.
  5. For a Cake: Pour into a well-greased 9- by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes.
  6. For Cupcakes: Pour into mason jars about ⅓ full. (they will rise a lot). Place the mason jars in a pan and bake for 25-35 minutes. I checked them a lot. I removed them when a toothpick came out clean (at about 30 minutes).
  7. Remove from oven and frost immediately.
To make the frosting:
  1. Combine the butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola® in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Sift the powdered sugar into the boiling cola/butter mixture, blending together well.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and the pecans.
  4. Spread the frosting over each cupcake. Allow to cool.
  5. Serve.
  6. For Cake: Refrigerate in covered container for up to a week.
  7. For Cupcakes: Screw the lid on the mason jar and store in refrigerator for up to a week.


Coca Cola Cupcakes | Retro RecipesAre you ready for some great retro recipes? Take a look at what the Sunday Supper group is sharing today:

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  1. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb says

    lol so its more of a kids treat. I am still very childish so most probably I d like coca cola cupcakes. ^.^ I thought your cupcakes would include some cola powder or similar, I am surprised that you add real liquid cola! All in all its quite a creative recipe and something different, thank you for sharing. =)

  2. says

    My family is always thrilled when I make frosted cakes or cupcakes…they love them all. I know they’d be pleased with these. I do remember Coke and Sprite cakes from back in the day…but I’ve never made or tasted one :)

  3. says

    I have never had coca cola cupcakes, no one in my family baked but me and I have never made them or ate them but give me a big spoonful of that!!!

  4. says

    Thank you, Nicole, for sharing this unique recipe. I’ve never heard of Coca Cola cupcakes but upon reading your post, I guess I’ll have to make some and score points with big and little kids =)

    P.s. Your Texas sheet cake looks like one my grandmother, Nona, who lived in Colorado used to make…I’ll have to try that recipe as well.

  5. says

    I’ve had a Coca-Cola cake and it was nothing like this. I would love to have this version. Thanks for sharing it for our retro Sunday Supper!

  6. says

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is all about favourite foods from childhood. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links. Have a great week.

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