This was one of my first adventures into the world of baking cakes based on drinks. I love cola. So much that I could easily class it as a food group, but I’d read lots of cola cupcake recipe reviews that said they tasted awful, or burnt easily or sunk and shrivelled because of too much liquid in the batter, and it totally put me off. That was until I was walking through ASDA one day and saw the soda stream flavours on offer… and who can resist a bargain? Well, not Mummy Bear that’s for sure! The recipe I followed in the end was based on the Hummingbird Bakery one in their Cake Days book, with some little alterations (mainly because I’m lazy!)
Cola Bear-y cakes
280g Golden caster sugar
240g self raising flour
240 ml full fat milk
1tbsp cola syrup
2 large free range eggs
Preheat oven to 190C. Beat together 80g stork, 280g golden caster sugar and 240g self raising flour until they look like fine bread crumbs. I use an electric hand whisk but you could use a normal hand whisk, if you have amazing biceps.
In a measuring jug, hand whisk together 240 ml full fat milk, 1 tbsp of cola syrup (I used the stuff you buy for soda streams) and 2 large eggs, just until they’re combined properly, don’t worry, you don’t need actual muscles for that! Slowly pour this into the dry mixture, beating with electric whisk on a low speed until everything is combined and the batter is smooth. Divide batter between 12-16 paper cases, bake in the oven for 20-22 mins. Leave to cool in the muffin tin.
For the frosting I beat together 160g unsalted butter, 500g icing sugar, 50ml full fat milk and 2 tbsp cola syrup in a bowl until light and fluffy then piped frosting onto the cakes using the large round nozzle. I also sprinkled the top with popping candy for an extra fizz and decorated with cola sweets and a 1/3 of a red straw to make them look pretty, although this completely freaked out Big Bear who started moaning about how you can’t drink cake, he wasn’t going to eat it OR drink it now and had I turned crazy?
Yes, clearly I had. More cake for me then!
Mummy Bear x