Coca-Cola Cupcakes

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These gluten free Coca Cola cupcakes have a perfect moist, light texture and are easy to make-no mixer required!


This is a very easy and simple recipe that even the beginner baker can make, and it comes together quite quickly so it’s a great treat to take to parties or potlucks.

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And the best part? They are gluten free. The next best part? No one will ever know! No gritty texture or funky aftertaste-these are light, moist, and delicious down to the last bite.

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Coca-Cola Cupcakes

*gluten-free *oat-free  *soy-free  *corn-free *can be nut-free



  • You can use any flavor/variety (be sure it’s gluten free) Coca-Cola, or another soda. I’ve used caffeine free, diet, and even Dr. Pepper. Cherry Coca-Cola is my long-standing favorite though!
  • You can use a store bought buttermilk, or make your own by measuring 3/4 tsp lemon juice or vinegar into a liquid measuring cup, filling to the 1/4 cup mark, stirring, and letting it stand a few minutes until curdled.
  • Because flour mixes vary so widely in texture and density, I suggest using my flour mix recipe or a lighter mix such as Gluten Free Mama’s almond blend, or Better Batter. 


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 C cocoa powder
  • 12 oz can Coca Cola (I used Cherry)
  • 2  cups gluten free flour (I used Better Batter)
  • 1 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (if your flour mix contains xanthan, omit this)
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Glaze Ingredients: (Don’t skip the glaze!)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Coca-Cola (again, I used Cherry)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350. 
  2. Grease 13×9″ cake pan or line 24 muffin cups.
  3. Combine the butter, cocoa powder, Coca-Cola, and buttermilk in a small saucepan and stir. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent cocoa from scorching.
  4. Meanwhile whisk together flour mix, xanthan gum, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  5. Once Coca-Cola mixture starts to boil, pour it into flour mixture.
  6. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  7. Spread batter into prepared pan(s). This recipe will make a 13×9″ pan or 2 dozen cupcakes.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes for cake pan. Toothpick inserted in center should come out clean. Be careful not to over-bake.
  9. Set pan on cooling rack for five minutes, then start the glaze.
  10. For glaze, combine butter, cocoa, and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Stir to combine and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar. 
  11. Drizzle the glaze over the cake.
  12. Store leftovers in an airtight container on the counter for 3-4 days if they last that long! In my opinion, these taste even better after sitting for a bit.

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    July 20, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I absolutely NEVER would have thought you could make cupcakes with coke! So crazy and so awesome!

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      July 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Life changing Alyssa! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    July 21, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Another reason for me to head to the US and pick up a case of Cherry Coke. 🙂 I’ve heard rumors that it’s available at a few places in Canada, but haven’t seen it yet. One of our favourites though. 🙂

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      July 21, 2015 at 7:15 am

      What? No Coca Cola?! Yes you’ll have to get your hands on some and try these cupcakes Jeanine, they’re amazing!

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    July 21, 2015 at 9:50 am

    These look so good! I may need to run to the store and get some Cherry Coke!

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    Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
    July 21, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Neat — I don’t think I ever tried any baked goods made with coke. That sounds fun and that glaze looks so good!

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      July 22, 2015 at 5:55 am

      You definitely need to try it Audrey, the flavor is perfect!

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