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Take a little retro flashback to these fun coca cola cupcakes, a recipe that will take you back to your childhood!

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. This week’s theme 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

Are you ready for some great retro recipes? Take a look at what the group is sharing today:

Retro Appetizers:

Retro Salads:

Retro Breads and Sandwiches:

Main Dishes:

Retro Sides and Veggies:

Retro Desserts and Cocktails:

Recipe for Coca Cola Cupcakes

Coca Cola Cupcakes | Retro Recipes

Coca Cola Cupcakes | Retro Recipes

Yield: 20 -24 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Take a little retro flashback to these fun coca cola cupcakes, a recipe that will take you back to your childhood!


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 ouncesconfectioners' 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.

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Thursday 7th of February 2013

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.

Amanda @ MarocMama

Sunday 27th of January 2013

Coke cake?! Must try! Thanks for sharing this recipe.


Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

I never knew that you can make so many things out/with coke. Wow!!! These cupcakes look fantastic :)

Nancy @ gottagetbaked

Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

I've never had a coca cola cake before so I'm totally intrigued. I'd love to give these a try!


Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

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 event!

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