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Cola Cupcakes to ring in the New Year

I came across the intriguing concept of soda flavoured cakes whilst admiring the cupcakes at the Hummingbird bakery. It sounded so bizarre and wrong that I just had to give them a go.

The finished product is a complete revelation, quite a taste sensation – not too sweet (surprisingly!) and unmistakably cola flavoured. I’ve come across people using the well-known fizzy drink in their recipes, but I opted for a more intense cola syrup as used for a drinks mixer or in a soda stream. Serve decorated with lemon slices and a straw,or vegetarian fizzy cola bottles from Goody Good Stuff

Happy New Year! Wishing you all an utterly fabulous 2013 🙂

Cola cupcakes (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan) warning: contains gluten

makes 12 cupcakes


  • 200g self raising flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100ml sunflower oil or melted dairy free spread
  • 140ml oat milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp cola syrup

– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade/Gas Mark 4
– Place liners in a cupcake tray
– Mix together the oat milk, lemon juice, bicarbonate and cola syrup. Set aside.
– Sift together the flour and salt
– Stir in the sugar
– Pour the milk mix into the dry ingredients and gently mix until fully combined and no raw flour lumps remain
– 2/3rds fill the cupcake cases
– Bake for 15-20 minutes until
cooked through and a knife comes out clean
– Cool on a wire rack

Cola Buttercream (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)


enough to ice the 12 cupcakes

  • 1/4 cup vegetable fat (such as Trex)
  • 3/4 cup dairy-free spread (such as Pure)
  • 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsps cola syrup

– Whisk together the spread and vegetable fat.

– Add the icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time with a splash of the cold syrup, until fully combined and nice and fluffy.

– Spread onto the cupcakes.

4 Responses

    1. My cola syrup came from France, but I believe any soda-stream mixer would work just as well.

      Veggie cola bottles were quite a welcome find!

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