Nigella’s Coca Cola Cupcakes

Lately everywhere I go, everywhere I look I see Coca Cola Cake….. The latest one I saw on Sabina kookt! Growing up I only used to (and basically still do) drink Pepsi, so it was against my basic principle. Intrigued by the idea of putting cola into cake and convinced that I had to use Coca Cola (why else would the cake have been named Coca Cola Cake?), I finally caved in and bought a can of Coca Cola. Last week I got around to baking Nigella Lawson’s Coca Cola Cake, except I decided to turn the cake into cupcakes yet again. The recipe can be found in Nigella Lawson’s book ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’.

 Took the cupcakes to work where they were a huge hit. The cola adds to the moisture of the cake, but the flavor of the cola gets lost: you’re left with deliciously moist chocolate cupcakes. I will be making these again!

Coca-cola Cupcakes with Glaze
makes 12 to 16 cupcakes 

200 g plain flour
250 g sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
125 ml buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
125 g unsalted butter
2 tbs cocoa powder
175 ml Coca-cola
Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat the egg, buttermilk and vanilla in in a measuring jug. In a heavy-based saucepan, melt the butter, cocoa and Coca-cola, heating it gently. Pour into the dry ingredients, stir well with a wooden spoon, and then add the liquid ingredients from the jug, beating until it is well blended.

Pour into a muffin tin that has been greased or lined with papers and bake for 15 minutes until a tester comes out clean.


225 g icing sugar
2 tbs butter
3 tbs Coca-cola
1 tbs cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla

Sieve the icing sugar and set aside. In a heavy-based saucepan, combine the butter, Coca-Cola and cocoa and stir over a low heat until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla, and spoon in the sieved icing sugar, beating as you do, until you’ve got a good, spreadable, but still runny, icing.

Pour over the cupcakes while they are still warm, and leave to cool.


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