Chocolate coca-cola cupcakes

Chocolate coca-cola cupcakes




  • 240g plain flour
  • 180g white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 100g mini marshmallows
  • 220g butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder or powdered cooking chocolate
  • half a cup coca cola (I used diet coke – ha!)


  • 200g butter, softened
  • half a cup milk
  • 400g icing mixture
  • 2tbsp cocoa


In a saucepan, mix the coca cola, cocoa powder and butter over a simmering heat. Melt butter and then take off the heat and set aside to cool.

When the chocolate and cola mix is cool, preheat oven to 180C.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, vanilla and eggs, beat until smooth and light.

Add the chocolate cola mixture and then the marshmallows.

Pour into small cupcake papers (I have used Robert Gordon mini upright ones – if using regular papers place them in a muffin tray) and place in oven for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool.

To prepare the icing, divide the butter into half.

Place the butter into your mixer and beat until smooth. Add half the icing mixture and gradually add a little milk until you get a stiff yet creamy consistency. Take half the mixture out and set aside. Add red food colouring to the remainder and mix through. Set aside and clean your mixer and blade.

Repeat with remaining butter and adding the remaining icing mixture and 2 tbsp of cocoa.

In a piping bag or zip lock bag, layer the three varieties of icing close to the nozzle/corner. Cut corner off zip lock bag or attach nozzle and ice!


  • I saw a recipe that had coca cola slice with marshmallows and I was intrigued. Coca cola? In a cake? I have seen a ham roast, pork ribs, hell I’d even seen coca cola polish silverware but never in a cake!
  • It felt strange to make these Chocolate and coca cola cupcakes but when the little cupcakes came out of the oven I couldn’t resist but try one (warm) they were chocolately and spongy and almost mousse-like.
  • These are deliciously cute – ugly to look at, but interesting.
  • For the frosting I tried to replicate the Coca-Cola colours – my piping bag exploded all over my kitchen. With my two four year olds scrambling for the fall out! So I managed to get a few looking OK, and rest looking like a train-smash and let’s just say two very sugared up frills! Lots and lots of water was consumed afterwards (and Mummy had some diet coke to recover!)
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealands best recipe finder.

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