Cola Cupcakes With Peanut Frosting

Cola cupcakes. Sounds a little strange but oh my. How gorgeous they are. Last week I just needed an afternoon in the kitchen. I needed to mess around and play with a recipe until I had created a mouthful of yumminess. I think I ended up creating the yummy cupcakes I was looking for. It’s a recipe I’m really liking and can’t wait to make these little beauties again.

Not quite sure why I added cola to a chocolate cake recipe but it gave them a lovely caramel taste which complemented the salted peanut frosting rather well.

cola cake with salted peanut topping

To make these cupcakes you will need:


  • 220 ml Coca Cola (not diet)
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 140g granulated sugar
  • 70g smooth peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoon of double cream
  • 1/2 tea spoon of salt


Place all of the ingredients in a food mixer and mix until the batter is smooth.  Cook at 180 until a cocktail stick comes out smooth (about 10 mins)

To decorate

  • Sea salt
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Crushed salted peanuts


  • Whisk butter and peanut butter until fluffy
  • Add icing sugar, cream and salt. Whisk well
  • If it seems a little thick you can add s few drops to cold water.
  • Pipe on to cooled cakes and sprinkle decorations

These cakes didn’t last longer than 24 hours in our house but I’m sure if you kept them in an air tight container they would be still gorgeous to your taste buds 48 hours later.  They are delicious served as part of a traditional afternoon tea or a luxurious partner to good quality pot of tea. Made even better when served in china cups.

cola cake with salted peanut topping

Have you added unusual ingredients to cakes?  Was it a success or something you’d never attempt again?


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