Chocolate Cola Cupcakes

Author: Sarah Bates | The Chef Next Door

Makes 24 cupcakes 


For the cupcakes:
1 cup Coke Zero

1 cup buttermilk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/3 cups sugar

2 eggs

For the frosting: 

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

6 Tbsp Coke Zero 

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup cocoa powder

3 cups powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.

In a glass measuring cup, mix together the Coke Zero, buttermilk and vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. 

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add the sugar and beat until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly, alternately add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients to the mixer and beat just until smooth.

Spoon the cupcake batter into the prepared pans, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting. 

While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Slow add the Coke Zero and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in the cocoa, then the powdered sugar, about a half cup at a time. Once all the powdered sugar is in, turn the mixer to high and beat until smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled cupcakes and serve.

Bon Appetit!