When you think Georgia, you think peaches…sometimes…right? Well, when you think Atlanta, you think…traffic! Oh I kid…
Really though, lots of regional things come to mind when you think The South, Georgia, and/or Atlanta. For this dish, my friends and I thought of Coca-Cola…cupcakes! Home to the Coca-Cola Company and the World of Coca-Cola, I thought it would be really fun to do something with the soda.
I’ve seen quite a few uses for this soda, from cleaning random things to a soda fountain display with Mentos to a glaze for ham; what can’t this drink do?! So recently I’ve been working on my baking, trying to broaden my cooking skills, and I thought cupcakes would be a fun way to work on different flavors and ingredients. I’ve had a Coke cupcake once a long time ago at West Egg and I remember it being fantastic, so I hope mine is close enough.
I’m going to need a piping tool and a case for these things if I keep this up.
Sad note, I wanted to top these cupcakes with a little gummy cola, but couldn’t find any in such short notice.
I also goofed on the frosting so it was too thin. It looks cool though cause it does make it look like the foam after you pour out a glass.
- 1 cup Coca-Cola (I used the real sugar ones, I love them!)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- In a simple double boiler, heat Coca-Cola, cocoa powder, and butter over medium heat until butter is melted.
- Add sugars and whisk until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg until just beaten, then whisk them into the cooled cocoa mixture until combined.
- Gently stir flour mixture into cocoa mixture.
- Pour evenly into lined cupcake tins.
- Bake cupcakes for 25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
- 2 ounces (½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 tbsp. Coca-Cola (I tried using more, don’t do that)
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- In the bowl beat the butter and cream cheese until light and creamy.
- Add the Coca-Cola and beat for an additional minute.
- Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar and beat until fully incorporated and smooth.