Cherry Coke is one of my all time favorite things.
And I mean the REAL kind of cherry Coke that has cherries hidden under the ice. I don’t care how tacky it looks, I will absolutely be digging in the ice for my cherry. And if both hands need to be involved–so be it.
When I was younger, I worked as a waitress at a restaurant that kept a huge jar of maraschino cherries in the refrigerator for soft drinks and hot fudge sundaes.
From time to time, I may have paid for a cherry Coke and then added about twenty-thirtyish more cherries than I was supposed to.
Don’t judge me. I was broke and living on my own so sometimes that counted as my dinner.
Wait–if someone who knows me sees this and turns me in, can I be arrested for marachino cherry theivery? Is there a statute of limitations on that sort of thing?
Uh….nevermind about the twenty-thirtish cherries. Totally a joke.
Wanna know how to make these yummy cupcakes?
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup Coke
Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
In the bowl of a mixer, add cake mix, butter, Coke, buttermilk, and eggs. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and increase speed to medium. Beat for 2 minutes.
Fill muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for about 15 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.
Place cupcakes on cooling racks until cooled.
Cherry Frosting: (if piling this on real high like mine, you will probably want to double)
2 sticks salted butter, softened
10 oz jar maraschino cherries
4 cups powdered sugar
In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter and four tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice from the jar until smooth. Slowly add four cups of powdered sugar and beat on low until barely mixed.
Gradually increase mixer speed and beat on medium high about a minute. Add some coarsely chopped cherries (I used half the jar–you could use more or less to suit your taste). Beat on medium high for another minute or so until frosting is light and fluffy. If frosting is too thick, add more cherry juice and beat just a bit longer.
Generously frost your cupcakes and place in the refrigerator until well chilled (about an hour) then make your glaze.
1/4 cup Coke
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons melted butter
Maraschino cherries/gummi Coke bottles for garnish
Melt the butter in a small pan over medium low heat. Once the butter is melted, add the cocoa powder and Coke and whisk in well. Once the mixture just begins to boil, remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar. Spoon the frosting over the cupcakes and top with a cherry and gummi Coke bottle before set.
Aren’t these cupcakes so cute and yummy looking? Definitely the work of a nice non-cherry stealing type of girl.
Great. I’m gonna be paranoid about hearing sirens all week long.
Have a happy Monday and thanks for stopping by!!