I’ve been looking to up my baking game lately, and with the onset of NCAA® March Madness it’s been the perfect time to have some people over and share some yummy treats with them. I walking through Walmart the other day and saw this smoking deal on Coca Cola NCAA® Final Four Packs available at Walmart. We don’t usually buy a lot of soda because it takes us a while to get through a whole 12 pack of one flavor, but there were a few different flavors of 4 packs so I could mix and match however I liked. The deal was 4 packs (16 cans) for $5 or 2 packs for $3. I grabbed two of the cherry Cokes, one vanilla and one Coke Zero. Then I remembered back in my “dieting” days a recipe I had heard for making a cake using Coke. So I grabbed a few boxes of chocolate cake mix and some frosting as well. Just a note these special Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Pack are only available at Walmart!
I am a huge propenent of choices, when it comes to food, parenting, and life in general, I hate feeling powerless. I like to host my get togethers in the same way, and it usually means I have lots of versions of the same thing so that everyone finds something they like. This recipe is so easy, that I could have made 12 different versions and it wouldn’t have added hardly any time to my party prep! You simple need 1 box of cake mix and 1 can of your favorite soda. I chose to do all three of my recipes with a chocolate cake mix, but I changed up the flavor of Coke with each one. The first one I made was a chocolate Cherry Coke cupcake.
Simply mix your favorite box of chocolate cake mix with one can of Cherry Coke. Stir it well, and then fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean and let them cool. For the Cherry Coke cupcakes I topped them with cherry frosting and either a maraschino cherry or a chocolate covered dried cherry. Add a few chocolate sprinkles and you are good to go!
Now while the cherry cupcakes were baking a started the next batch of cupcakes. For this batch I used the same chocolate cake mix and a can of Coke Zero. I baked them off exactly the same way as the others and when they were cool I topped them with a rich milk chocolate frosting and more chocolate sprinkles! These ones were AMAZING!!
My final batch were the Vanilla Coke cupcakes. Again I used the same chocolate cake mix and added a can of Vanilla Coke. I baked them off just like the others and when they were cool I frosted with a creamy vanilla frosting and topped them with a variety of colored sprinkles. These ones were my personal favorite, but that might be because I love the combination of a rich chocolate cake and a creamy vanilla frosting.
This recipe is so easy that I am pretty sure even my son could have baked these off for me without a hitch! There were a real hit with everyone, who doesn’t love the novelty of eating their soda? Have you ever made cupcakes using soda before? What ones do you think you would like the best? What other combinations should I try? Leave me a comment and let me know! If you’re looking for more fun ideas and recipes for these special Coca Cola NCAA® Final Four Packs available at Walmart check them out on social media: Twitter: @CokeZero & @CocaCola, Pinterest & Coke Zero Pinterest, Instagram & Coke Zero Instagram, Facebook & Coke Zero Facebook.
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