I came up with this recipe after playing around with some different recipes using soda instead of eggs and oil in cake mix. They're amazing and super easy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 dozen cupcakes
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

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  • Mix cake mix and cherry-flavored cola together in a bowl until batter is smooth. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups about 2/3 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until muffins spring back when lightly touched, 18 to 23 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

  • Beat cream in a large bowl using an electric mixer until frothy; beat in confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the frosting will form sharp peaks; refrigerate.

  • Cut a well out of the top center of each cupcake and fill with 2 to 3 cherries from the cherry pie filling. Transfer frosting to a piping bag or a plastic bag with 1 corner cut off. Frost cupcakes and top each with a maraschino cherry.

Cook's Note:

This recipe makes 12 cupcakes with batter and cherry pie filling leftover. My boyfriend loves to eat the leftover batter (no eggs!). If you're making 24 cupcakes, just double the amount of whipping cream and confectioner's sugar, plus the optional filling and cherries on top!

I prefer a piping bag and a Wilton(R) 1M tip for frosting the cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts

355 calories; protein 3.1g 6% DV; carbohydrates 43.1g 14% DV; fat 20.3g 31% DV; cholesterol 54.3mg 18% DV; sodium 318.6mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
I made these today for my daughter's swim team Christmas party. The cake mix that I had was 16.5 oz and it worked out just fine with no other adjustments. I was surprised at how these puffed up with using the cherry Coke! I wasn't quite sure how I was going to cut the well out of the cupcakes but in my drawer I found this little citrus thingy that you are supposed to screw into a lemon or lime and when you squeeze the lemon or lime there's a little spout that the juice comes out of. That thing worked GREAT for pulling a "plug" of cake out of these! I filled each with 3 cherries and a bit of the cherry pie filling. I did add a bit more powdered sugar to the cream probably 1/8 cup more - as I really wanted the whipped topping to hold up when I piped it. I did pipe it onto the cupcakes using a pastry bag fitted with a 1M tip. I added a sprinkle of grated chocolate just to dress them up a bit. They turned out very pretty! Reminded me of a black forest cake cupcake. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/16/2016
I peeled off the cupcake wrapper and it fell apart. It was all mush with the cherry filling their were too many cherries. I didn't enjoy this recipe. Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
I made these today for my daughter's swim team Christmas party. The cake mix that I had was 16.5 oz and it worked out just fine with no other adjustments. I was surprised at how these puffed up with using the cherry Coke! I wasn't quite sure how I was going to cut the well out of the cupcakes but in my drawer I found this little citrus thingy that you are supposed to screw into a lemon or lime and when you squeeze the lemon or lime there's a little spout that the juice comes out of. That thing worked GREAT for pulling a "plug" of cake out of these! I filled each with 3 cherries and a bit of the cherry pie filling. I did add a bit more powdered sugar to the cream probably 1/8 cup more - as I really wanted the whipped topping to hold up when I piped it. I did pipe it onto the cupcakes using a pastry bag fitted with a 1M tip. I added a sprinkle of grated chocolate just to dress them up a bit. They turned out very pretty! Reminded me of a black forest cake cupcake. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2015
These are very moist, as most cola-cake mix cakes are. Neither the cola nor the cherry flavor are very strong so this really becomes a recipe you make to save on time or ingredients, but not really for "cherry coke" flavor. I made it a couple of times. Devils Food chocolate seems to pair the best. And I added the juice from the jar of cherries to punch up the flavor some, but even then it wasn't strong. These are cute, novel, and easy and they do taste yummy, but really just as a moist, plain chocolate cake. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2015
I have made these cupcakes about two years ago, and boy let me tell you, they were so delicious. I was amazed that no eggs were used and they came out so moist. I want to convert this into a cake this time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2015
Very good. Honestly, you kinda need a spoon to eat them....they are VERY fluffy/soft but also oh so good! Made them three times now and notice I do better using the cake mix without added pudding in mix. Kids love em! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2017
The recipe made more than a dozen which was fine. They were delicious and very easy to make!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2015
My friends loved them at my birthday part! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/16/2016
I peeled off the cupcake wrapper and it fell apart. It was all mush with the cherry filling their were too many cherries. I didn't enjoy this recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2018
They where so good! I put some cherry flavoring in the frosting. I also had some leftover batter so I made a little cake. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2017
I tried it with different flavored mixes and it was good Read More