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Coke Float Cupcakes

cokefloatI am a Team Coke girl.

Growing up, we drank Coke religiously in this house.  My parents were never the types who withheld sweets, candy or soda, so we usually had free reign over what we wanted to eat.  Granted, we couldn’t have sodas with dinner, have cookies before meals or substitute actual substantial food (or however substantial Happy Meals could be) for Little Debbie snack cakes and Fritos, but we did eat it far more frequently than our other kid friends.

I recall going over to a friend’s house one day after school and her mom asked if we wanted some snacks to nosh on while we did homework.  I eagerly said yes, anticipating cookies and milk or an ice cream bar and a root beer.  Instead, her mom brought out a plate of carrots and celery with two glasses of water.

What in the living fluff.

I suppose I was so used to heading straight after school to my grandma’s, who watched us until my parents got off of work.  My grandma was so preoccupied with her stories and being adamant that she didn’t watch Ricki Lake and Jerry Springer (she totally did) that she didn’t really pay any mind to what we ate — so it was usually Mother’s brand Taffy cookies and a Coke for me.  Oh what I’d give to have that metabolism again.

DSC_0622AAnyway, one of my favorite treats growing up were Coke Floats.  I LOVED the combination of rich, creamy vanilla ice cream and that fizzy, sugary Coke and how they got all melty and delicious together.  Or likewise, I would always order Vanilla Cokes when we went out to eat — there’s something so tantalizing and classic about vanilla and Coke.  So when I had the idea for these cupcakes, those frosty-cool Coke Floats were my inspiration for sure!

And take my advice — they’re definitely delicious brain food :)

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Coke Float Cupcakes
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Serves: 12
 
Coke Floats remind me of childhood summers sipping on those fizzy, melty concoctions with lots of Coke and vanilla ice cream. These Coke Float Cupcakes are just like that in cupcake form!
Ingredients
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 can (12 ounces) Coca Cola
  • 1 dram Cola flavored oil (or 2 tsp Cola Soda Stream syrup)
  • FOR COLA FROSTING:
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 dram Cola flavored oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • White non-pareils
  • Maraschino cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat together the cake mix and soda with an electric mixer on medium-low speed, about 2 minutes. You are ONLY mixing in the dry mix and the soda -- NOTHING else (no eggs, no oil, no water). Once combined, beat in the dram of Cola flavored oil or the Soda Stream Cola syrup to combine.
  2. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling about ¾ of the way full. Bake for approx. 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, heavy cream, Cola oil and vanilla extract with the paddle attachment until creamy and combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy.
  4. Pipe the frosting high onto cooled cupcakes; sprinkle with white non-pareils. Garnish with a patted-dry maraschino cherry and serve! *If you want the frosting high, like as shown in the photos, consider doubling your frosting recipe.*

DSC_0623AWondering what a ‘dram of oil’ is?  A dram is 1 fluid ounce (3.7 ml) and is contained within a small bottle.  Flavoring oil is extremely concentrated and is ideal for making candy.  It’s much more potent than your standard extract, so only a little is needed to enhance or create the flavor you desire.  Believe it or not, a single Cola dram is the perfect amount (when combined with the can of Coke soda) to flavor an entire dozen cupcakes and really kick up that sweet, classic Coke flavor.  You can BUY THE COLA DRAMS HERE.  Likewise, if you cannot find the Cola drams, you may substitute Soda Stream’s Cola-flavored syrup (you know, the stuff you use to make your own soda at home!) in place.

Either way, I know you’ll fall in love within one bite of these scrumptious, classic-Coke Float Cupcakes!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

 

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Comments

  1. You have no idea how much this speaks to me ha! I totally was the same, my parents were very lax on what I ate and when my friends came round we’d always eat pizza or fish fingers and chips (that’s what you totally do at sleepovers). I went to one at a friends house once and tried radishes for the first time as they were a snack. Who gives those to children?! Bleugh. Anyway, I was also team coke and these look fabulous! I love that mountain of frosting, it looks super! :)

  2. These are gorgeous! I don’t deny my kids much either, within reason. I find it makes them want it less to be honest. If they can have candy and cookies, they don’t devour them like crazy kids when given one. Unless it was these cupcakes, then they may go a little nuts! YUM

  3. GORGEOUS CUPCAKES!! Michael would totally loooove these!

    I, like you, grew up in a fairly unrestricted home as far as sweets n junk food went. I….however…am planning to be pretty strict when it comes to the sodas and sweets (especially the soda. I’m planning on almost never letting them have any). Sorry future kids and your friends. I’m doing it for you!

  4. Oh boy Hayley, I love these. Coke floats are my favorite! I remember my metabolism used to be fabulous back when all I ate were Twinkies and Coca Colas!

  5. These cupcakes look adorable!
    I’m sure they taste amazing too!

  6. Once again a super adorable recipe, I also love that the whole thing tastes like coke! Love the idea!

  7. Unfortunately I was one of those girls whose after school snacks consisted of healthy, low-cal fare! Soooo I was always trying to study at other friends’ houses like yours! Because my current sugar addiction didn’t just show up in my 20′s ;-)

    These coke float cupcakes look amazing!!! I love a good coke float and I love cupcakes!

  8. Ooh, I love this idea! Coke floats were (and still are, truthfully) one of my favorite treats. SO much better than root beer floats, amirite? The only thing that would make these better is if they were cream-filled, to kind of bring more of the ice cream element into the picture. Great photos, great recipe, I absolutely adore your site, Hayley!

    Kat

  9. You make the cutest freaking desserts, Hayley. For reals I am in love with these cupcakes. And my friend just got me hooked on the Mexican Coca Cola (apparently they use real sugar instead of HFCS, in any case it is DELICIOUS and comes in a cute glass bottle) and I would love to use it in these!

  10. What an awesome cupcake!!! Gorgeous frosting!

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