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Cherry Cola Cupcakes

Easy cherry coke cupcakes made with boxed cake mix, maraschino cherries, and Cherry cola for a moist & flavorful chocolate cupcake! Pretty cupcakes that are simple to make with a fun twist on classic cherry flavor, due to the addition of Cherry Cola!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Cola Cupcakes
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 209kcal


  • 15.25 oz Red velvet cake mix
  • 12 oz cherry cola
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup cherry preserves
  • 16 oz vanilla frosting
  • 2 TBSP cherry juice from maraschino jar
  • 24 maraschino cherries with stems


  • Heat oven to 350F.  Line two muffin pans with cupcake liners and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • Using a mixer, combine the cake mix, 1 1/3c of the cherry cola and the eggs in a large bowl on medium high until combined, about 2 minutes.  Divide evenly among the muffin cups (about ¾ full each).
  • Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (15-20 minutes).  Set aside to cool completely.
  • Stir remaining ¼ cup of cherry cola together with the cherry preserves.  Add to a small saucepan and heat, simmering until thickened and slightly reduced, 5-10 minutes.  Move to a bowl and refrigerate until fully cooled, 45-60 minutes.
  • Scoop out a ½” wide and ¾” deep crater in each cupcake.  Fill each hole with the soda/preserves mixture.
  • Beat the frosting and cherry juice together on medium-high until smooth and fluffy, 4-5 minutes.  Pipe atop the cupcakes and gently smooth with a butter knife.
  • Top each cupcake with a maraschino cherry and serve.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg