Coke Float Cupcakes

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These Coke Float Cupcakes are so fun! I used Soda Stream “Cola” Syrup in the frosting to really amp up the Coke flavor!

Hello my friends.

I’ve got another cupcake for you today…

Are cupcakes over?


Someone told me that.. you know that cupcakes are “over”.

Isn’t that a dumb thing to say?


Like, hello…delicious individual sized cakes are not a thing anymore, get over it.

That is not a world I want to live in, friends.


Who makes these decisions?  I can assure you I was not consulted.


Apparently it’s all about the Cronut or whatever these days.

Trust me, I’m not above a deep fried croissant…no sireee…


But I refuse to believe that they will replace my beloved cupcake.

I am an all inclusive dessert girl.  There’s a place for everyone.


And really, since when is CAKE a trend?

I’m thinking, though, in 10 years we will all be sitting around laughing remembering the days that people lined up for hours for Cronuts, all while stuffing our faces with cupcakes.

Because they will still be a thing.


Call me a phopheseer, my friends.

I should probably go play the lottery now.


Anyway, I wanted to play around with frosting flavors to top my cupcake today…

And I also am the proud owner of a Soda Stream… which means I have 70 bottles of Soda Stream syrup in my cabinet half used.

So I thought, why not make soda flavored frosting??

Yep, it’s a good idea.


So that’s how these cupcakes came to life… Coke Float Cupcakes.

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I’m also gonna tell you I tried to add some Soda Stream syrup into the cupcake part too.. kind of like an extract, but it didn’t work.

I need to experiment a little more to perfect that.  I’m sure it can be done, but after one failed attempt I went Cake Mix style on these babies.

So stay tuned.


Also, the recipe is basically the easiest ever, so I won’t bore you with a lot of how-to pics today.

Completely unnecessary.


Here’s me pouring the Cola syrup into the frosting… actually my kiddo is pouring…


It’s a fairly basic buttercream recipe with the syrup adding the flavor.

I can’t wait to play around with more…I’m thinking the Lemon/Lime will be fantastic!


Anyhow, I made the cupcakes with a cake mix and some actual Coca Cola (and a few eggs and oil).

Like I said, I tried to use the syrup in the first batch but they tasted weird and chemically and not good.


After the cupcakes were baked and the frosting was piped on, I decided to give the cupcakes a little drizzle…

Why not, right?


Just powdered sugar and a little more Coke..or just milk if you want…


Drizzle that all over the top of the frosting and add a cherry…Coke Float Cupcakes | | #cupcakes #cocacola #recipe #baking

The frosting has the perfect hint of Coca Cola flavor!

Coke Float Cupcakes | | #cupcakes #cocacola #recipe #baking

In other soda news…

Hop over and check out Confessions of a Cookbook Queen…she made a Root Beer Float Cake

We both had soda on the brain!!

Coke Float Cupcakes
makes 24 cupcakes
Coke Cupcakes
  • 1 box cake mix (you can use vanilla or chocolate)
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
Coke Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Cola Flavored Soda Stream Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp milk or Coca Cola
  • *optional ~ cherries for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin pans with cupcake liners, set aside.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer combine cake mix, Coke, eggs and oil. Beat for 2 minutes until smooth.
  4. Fill liners up ⅔ full with batter. Bake 15-20 minutes until centers are set.
  5. Remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  1. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar and beat until incorporated.
  2. Add in Soda Stream Syrup and milk and beat until fluffy.
  3. Pipe or spread frosting onto cupcakes.
  1. For glaze drizzle mix powdered sugar and milk together until smooth and drizzle on top of cupcakes. Garnish with a cherry if desired,
double frosting recipe if you are going to pipe them tall, as photographed.


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Cookbook Queen
September 2, 2013 9:09 pm

Totally love these!! I don’t own a soda stream but I am not above buying soda syrup strictly for frosting.

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
September 2, 2013 9:15 pm

We too have a soda stream and approximately 90 bottles of half used syrup, plus the syrups James is always making himself and *refusing to blog*. (This is grounds for divorce, right?) How have I never thought to use them in frosting?! Holy moly. Peach Tea, I’m looking at you.

I hope you didn’t buy coke especially for the cupcakes.. cus, you know, you could have made your own with your Soda Stream and then added it to the cake batter. 😉

September 2, 2013 9:46 pm

Oh man! I have never made or had a soda cake or cupcake. I am thinking this needs to change ASAP! These look so good and soda syrup?? Amazing! I do not have a soda stream, but I am think I can probably find soda syrup on amazon!
So fun!

Sarah | The Sugar Hit
September 2, 2013 10:03 pm

Coke floats are amazing, and so perfect in a cake! These look fantastic!

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
September 2, 2013 10:14 pm

It’s crazy how you can make cupcakes taste like soda!

September 2, 2013 10:27 pm

I bet these are fabulous! Cupcakes will always be in style in my book!

September 3, 2013 3:57 am

These look gorgeous!

Cat Colbert
Cat Colbert
September 3, 2013 4:55 am

You forgot to include how much powdered sugar to add in the frosting recipe. The cupcakes look delicious. I don’t have a soda stream but may buy the syrup just to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Belinda @themoonblushbaker
September 3, 2013 7:34 am

Cupcakes will never die! ever! These are so stylish how could they not be a food trend?

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
September 3, 2013 8:03 am

I love how high up the icing goes on this! so pretty 🙂

bridget {bake at 350}
September 3, 2013 8:58 am

Shelly….these cupcakes are SO pretty!!! Love!

Cupcakes can never be over. As a matter of fact, I feel the need for a couple right now!

Beth @ bethcakes
September 3, 2013 12:25 pm

I have also heard recently that cupcakes are not super popular anymore, but I don’t understand why. They’re basically the perfect serving-size of cake. I definitely agree with you. They’ll be around for forever.

As for these cupcakes, they are so cute! Using soda syrup seems like such a good idea because there’s probably more flavor in the frosting that what you would get if you used actual Coke from a can. Great idea! 🙂

September 3, 2013 1:03 pm

Cupcakes are…over? That is a dumb thing to say. It took me a long time to jump on the cupcake train, but now that I’m on, I’m certainly not getting off for a silly deep-fried croissant.

These look gorgeous. Your piping is absolutely beautiful!

I’ve experimented with putting coke in cookies before, but the flavor doesn’t come across strongly. I think you’ve got it right putting the syrup in the frosting.

Have you tried orange cream? Because I think that would be delicious. 🙂

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
September 3, 2013 6:12 pm

Not a huge fan of coke, but! These cupcakes?? They look perfect! I’d totally have one!

September 3, 2013 8:58 pm

Cupcakes will NEVER BE OVER. At least not in my heart. Coke flavored cupcakes – that has to be a yum.

Kate | Food Babbles
September 3, 2013 10:02 pm

Cupcakes can’t be over!! Who would so such a thing. Especially when there are creations like this out there. These sound awesome! How creative with the soda stream syrup. Love it!!


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September 28, 2013 11:56 am

Hi Shelly! New follower here and am signing up on your FB, Pinterest, and newsletter. These look absolutely scrumptious. I would love for you to link this up at our weekly link party happening now at Bakerette[dot]com. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your amazing desserts!

September 29, 2013 9:31 pm

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October 13, 2013 12:46 pm

love this! what type of frosting tip did you use for this piping? & also, where would you purchase piping bags, i can’t seem to find it anywhere & ziplock bags don’t work well with tips /:

Susan L. @ Full Happy Muffin and Mama

Does it use the “regular” cola syrup or the “naturals” cola syrup. I’ve always thought the regular one tastes retched (most of their regular line does because it’s not pure sugar and the sugar/non-sugar sweetener ratio is way off), but the “naturals” do taste good, but they are more expensive.