Add something a bit different with Nigella's Cherry Cola Cupcake recipe

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Cherry Cola Cupcakes


Makes: 12-14 cupcakes

Preparation and cooking time: 20 mins & 15 mins

For the cupcakes

  • 200g plain flour - sieved
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 125ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 175ml coca cola

For the icing:

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 50ml full fat milk
  • 1 small slug of syrup of morello cherries
  • Pale pink colouring

For the cola glaze:

  • 225g icing sugar - sifted
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp coca cola
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 7. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Beat in the egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract in a large measuring jug. In a saucepan, melt the butter, cocoa and coca cola, heating it gently. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients, stir well with a wooden spoon, and then add the liquid ingredients from the jug, beating it until all is incorporated.

  2. Pour into a muffin tin that has been greased and lined with cases and bake for 15 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out relatively clean.

  3. For the icing: put the unsalted butter into an electric mixer and begin to blitz on a slow speed. Add the icing sugar, a spoonful at a time, add milk if the frosting becomes too dry. Pour in the syrup, a little at a time and tint the frosting a pale pink. Leave to mix for 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

  4. For the glaze: sieve the icing sugar and set aside. In a saucepan combine the butter, coco cola, and cocoa powder 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, until you have a good spreadable, but still runny, icing.

  5. Pour over the iced cupcakes, and allow it to dribble along the sides. Top with a cola bottle and a cherry.