Cherry Coke float cupcakes – what a cute idea, right? Right! These are essentially a chocolate cupcake base with maraschino cherry juice and Coke added for flavor and more importantly, an almost bubbly texture! They are drizzled with a powdered sugar-Coke glaze after baking (though I’m not sure that is really necessary), topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Easy and cute! Baking them in red foil liners really adds a nice touch to achieve that Coke bottle look.
Ben and I tasted an unfrosted cupcake and agreed that we could taste the subtle Coke flavor, but I think once topped and garnished, the Coke mainly contributes the light, airy texture and the flavor is difficult to discern. The original recipe uses only one maraschino cherry inside the cupcake itself, but next time I will add probably 4 or 5 because they added a great cherry flavor. These are a really cute treat though, and were a big hit with all who tried them!