Chocolate cherry cola cupcakes

Warm cherry cola is the secret to infusing fruity flavour into these cakes.

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time17 mins
  • Serves24
  • DifficultyMedium

For the cupcakes

400g granulated sugar
220g plain flour
95g cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
250ml gold top milk
120ml vegetable oil
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
250ml cherry cola, warmed in the microwave for 1 minute
150g crushed yogurt-covered pretzels

For the red liquorice filling

142g red liquorice (about 10 jumbo pieces)
500ml water
300g granulated sugar
30g cornflour
1/4 tsp salt
4 egg yolks, slightly beaten

For the marshmallow icing

8 egg whites
400g granulated sugar
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the cherry cola glaze

3 to 5 tbsp cherry cola
100g icing sugar
1) Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3. Line the cups of 2 standard-size cupcake tins with paper baking cases.

2) In a large bowl using an electric mixer on low speed, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in the warmed cherry cola until fully combined.

3) Fill the paper cupcake cases three-quarters full with batter and bake until the cupcakes spring back when touched with your finger, 10 to 15 minutes. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

4) Fill each of the cupcakes with red liquorice filling. Sprinkle the crushed yogurt-covered pretzels on top. Top with marshmallow icing and drizzle with cherry cola glaze.

To make the red liquorice filling:
1) Tear the liquorice into 2.5cm pieces and place in a saucepan with the water over a medium heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Whisk in the sugar, cornflour, salt and egg yolks.

2) Cook over a medium heat, whisking constantly, until thick and bubbly. Continue to cook for 1 minute, and then remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature.

To make the marshmallow icing:
1) Place the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a heat-safe bowl over a saucepan with boiling water. Whisk constantly over the heat for 1 to 3 minutes.

2) Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and beat with an electric mixer on high until stiff peaks have formed, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract.

To make the cherry cola glaze:
1) Add the cherry cola, 1 tsp at a time, to the icing sugar until it has a good consistency to drizzle on cupcakes.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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