Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

Prep 20 mins
Cook 18 mins
Add'l 20 mins
Total 58 mins

Homemade buttermilk and chocolate Cherry Coke Cupcakes are glazed with cherry coke and topped with sweet whipped cream and a cherry on top!

Three cherry float cupakes on a white platter.

These cupcakes were fabulous! I really, really liked the actual cake part of the cupcakes. Then again, I am a self proclaimed Coke-A-Holic! Growing up I would beg my Dad to take me to the gas station and buy me a bottle of Mexico Coke. And what is Mexico Coke?

Well…it is coke, in the glass bottle, made in Mexico. Apparently the USDA came out and told people not to drink it because they found some bad stuff in it…something like lead, or lighter fluid, or anthrax. Whatever it was, it made for DELICIOUS Coke. Like honest to God crack (Let me just say I have no idea what actual crack is like, but if I would guess, I would say it is the equivalent of Mexico Coke).

Close up image of cherry float cupcake with coke bottles behind it.

So to make these cupcakes, I knew I just had to go find some of the real Mexico Coke. In Texas, it was really, REALLY easy to find. Here in Florida….not as easy. However I drove on down to one of the Spanish stores around here and picked up a hundred couple bottles to make these cupcakes.

I think it really put the edge on the cupcakes. Coke in a glass bottle has a lot stronger flavor then regular coke, so it gave it that extra bit. The cake was moist, delicious, and with a great hint of Coke. When filled with the cherries, topped with the glaze and whip cream frosting…they really take on a Coke Float likeliness! I was really happy with how these turned out and plan on making these again!

One coke float cupcake with a cherry on top.

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

Close up mini cupcake topped with white frosting, a red cherry and a red coke bottle cap with three glass Coca-Cola bottles behind it on a wood board

Homemade buttermilk and chocolate Cherry Coke Cupcakes are glazed with cherry coke and topped with sweet whipped cream and a cherry on top!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups Coke
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons Coke

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Maraschino Cherries for garnish


  1. Cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line cupcake pans with paper liners. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa in a bowl and set aside.
  2. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine sugar and butter and beat until light and creamy. Mix in the eggs one at a time.
  3. In a large mixing cup or small bowl, combine buttermilk, Coke and vanilla extract. (Make sure you wait for the foam to go down when measuring the Coke and don't worry if your mixture looks curdled when you add the buttermilk.)
  4. Add half the dry flour mixture followed by half of the buttermilk mixture. Repeat, making sure to beat well after each addition just mixed.
  5. Fill each cupcake tin 3/4 of the way full and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool about 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Once cooled, use a paring knife to cut out a cone shape in the middle of each cupcake. Add a spoonful of cherry mixture (2-3 cherries) to the well.
  7. Glaze: Mix together with a whisk in a small bowl. The mixture should run slowly off a spoon so you can drizzle the cupcakes but it won't run all over the place.
  8. Whipped Cream: Beat cream in a chilled bowl with whisk attachment or hand mixer on low speed. Begin adding sugar, 1 spoonful at a time, increasing speed as the cream comes together. Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks, if you dip a spoon in it, the whipped cream should stay on the spoon when you turn it upside down. Pipe the whipped cream onto cupcakes as desired and top with maraschino cherries for garnish.

Nutrition Information:


24 cupcakes

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g

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49 Responses
  1. erica

    do i need to use foil liners or just plain paper liners? reason behind is that sometimes the batter sticks too much to the liners after baking.

  2. Vanessa

    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    ***3-4 T Coke***

    1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    ***6 T powdered sugar***
    Maraschino Cherries for garnish”

    What does the T stand for? Tablespoon or Teaspoon????

  3. Nichole

    The difference is that the mexican coke has real sugar in it, not high fructose corn syrup! You can buy it at walmart in the mexican section! Thats all we buy.

    1. Jessica

      Hey Mindy!

      Yes, the large T means tablespoon. I really should go back and edit this… it’s from years ago when I didn’t have a clear writing style yet. πŸ˜‰

  4. Ana

    I made these today and they were super yummy! They didn’t taste much like coke but they still had a hint of it and were extremely good πŸ™‚ I just have a question, I followed the recipe just as it says, but my cupcakes didn’t raise much and were gooey on the center. What could have possibly gone wrong?

    1. Jessica


      Are you sure your baking soda is fresh? I made these recently for a friend of mine and they cooked up perfectly. If your baking soda is fresh, I honestly do not know what could have gone wrong!

      As for the not tasting too much like coke, I think they have an underlying coke flavor…but not it is not extremely strong. I don’t think there is any way to make it stronger without ruining the cupcake…unless they come out with a Coke Extract πŸ˜‰

      I am sorry these did not come out right for you. πŸ™

  5. belvederesmommy

    I just finished baking these and the smell fabulous. I wanted to mention that I found the coke from Mexico in the glass bottle in Blockbuster Video of all places! So for those of you looking for it, go check out your nearest Blockbuster. Mine told me that they carry it all the time.

  6. Nev

    I am definitely trying those in the very near future. I was just wondering how many cupcakes came out of this mixture – 10 – 12 or?

    Thank you very much for making and sharing those, I am sure they will be a hit with my friends!

  7. Archi

    Amazing post! I too am a coke-a-holic! I particularly LOVE Thum’s Up, India’s coke…its even sweeter than regular Coke and has a few spices to give it a kick!

    In Canada, we no longer carry cherry coke, which is my favorite coke variation, so every time I am in the States I load up on it!

    I was so happy to find this recipe, I can’t wait to try it! It will help fill the cherry coke void in my life!

  8. DessertForTwo

    You should consider creating a tag ‘definitely NOT ass-friendly but definitely delicious!’

    I love your cupcake creations! Keep ’em comin’! πŸ™‚

  9. Jessica Tinkler

    A friend pointed me in the direction of your blog – and although I am all about heath and fitness – the recipes loss delicious. I know when I’m going to have a treat – the best way to have it is to bake it myself. This way I know that 100% whole food is going into it. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  10. anne

    Adorable! I have to make these. Also, I don’t know where you are in FL – I’m in Orlando – but I was *just* at Costco a few days ago, and there was Mexico Coke. Just so you know you have another option where you can buy it by the caseload πŸ˜‰

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Oh my goodness, too adorable for words! Even the frosting looks like float foam. Yum! Great recipe, and beautiful photos!

    Also, if you’re interested, I’m having a silicone muffin pan giveaway on my blog – You should enter!

  12. The Internet Cooking Princess

    LOVE, love, and love! Before my mom became a childhood obesity activitist (this was also before my eating habits starting majorly sucking), she used to make this ridonculous coca-cola chocolate sheet cake. I’m going to have to make these, stat. Maybe it’ll help me block out all the times she made me eat dried apricots for dessert since they were “nature’s candy.”

  13. Marisa

    These look yummy & I like the way you’ve styled them! How awesome would they be for a 50’s diner style theme party?

  14. Cydney

    Yum! The cupcakes look amazing! I’d imagine similarities to red velvet but a million times yummier? πŸ™‚

    We have a little hot dog place here that serves cokes in glass bottles. πŸ™‚

    Ditto on the sugar cane thing. My DH (darling husband) refers to it as ‘Kosher Coke’ because he grew up in Baltimore and they have it available in the stores there for Passover. Last summer they brought out “Pepsi Throwback” and “Mountain Dew Throwback” that were made with real sugar (hey, we’re in NC, the home of Pepsi) and it was delicious! I’ve also heard that one Dr. Pepper bottling plant (I think in TX) still makes theirs with real sugar.

  15. Jen

    These turned out so cute! I love the little coke lids and fresh cherries – and that little cake platter with the ribbon is adorable. I’m going to have to make them again soon!

  16. Kelsey

    These look great. I love Mexican Coke, too. The main difference is it’s made with real cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. Plus it doesn’t taste like plastic or metal because it comes in the good ol’ glass bottles. I can find it at Costco here in Phoenix!

  17. Sarah

    Oh wow. I was always a HUGE Cherry Coke fan growing up, but I quite drinking it some time ago. This makes me want to run to the store and make these TONIGHT.

    Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your little tray with the Coke bottles underneath.

  18. Kira

    Ditto Deanna. Once, my boyfriend at the time and I bought a whole case of Mexican Coke at Costco. It was delicious! And there’s also Dublin Dr. Pepper too!

  19. bianca

    Having read Nigella’s books front to back, I’ve always wanted to try something like this. I love your version, I might have to wait before I make these, beach vacation is coming up and I dont want to have coke cupcake ass!

  20. DeAnna

    wow those look awesome! Actually, Coke from Mexico is made with real cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup like the regular Coke you get in the states. Personally, I think anything with cane sugar in it reigns supreme over anything with HFCS in it.

  21. Sharlene

    Oh my word!! I adore Coke in a glass bottle! I wish it was more readily available here because it really is quite a treat. Though I’ll have to search high and low for it and will not readily want to part with some for this cupcake, I think it’ll be worth it! Looks amazing.

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