Cola Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

I’m not gluten free myself, but I have heard a lot of good things about alternative flours and wanted to try them out in my baking. I am experienced in using regular flour to make some delicious treats, however it is difficult for most people’s bodies to process. We all know that bloated feeling you get after too many carbs! So I decided to try the alternative flours out and see how it worked…

Recently my local Tesco have started selling coconut and almond flours. Coconut flour is high in fibre which will make you feel fuller for longer, it also contains iron and vitamin C. Almond flour is rich in vitamin E and has a high protein content. Both are of course naturally gluten free. I combined them in this recipe as it is usually best to blend alternative flours together to get the best results.

I decided to flavour these cupcakes with cola to fit in with this month’s Treat Petite theme of ‘Childhood Memories’ as cola bottles were my absolute favourite sweet growing up, and I still enjoy them now! I found this bottle of flavouring in Sainsbury’s.

I started by whisking together 3 eggs, 400ml sour cream, 3 tsp cola flavouring, 4 tbsp soy milk (you can use regular milk if you wish), and 300g caster sugar. I whisked it well by hand for about a minute until it frothed.

I sieved together 110g coconut flour and 95g almond flour, along with 2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda.

I added the flour to the wet mixture until it formed a batter. It wasn’t as smooth as a regular flour batter. I put it into cupcake cases. This mixture made about 18 large cupcakes.

I baked them on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for about 25 minutes. It’s a bit more difficult to tell when they are done because they don’t spring back when you press them. They also came out a lot paler than regular too. I used a very thin skewer to test them.

I iced the cupcakes with cola icing which was a mixture of 200g butter, 400g icing sugar and 4 tsp cola flavouring. And topped them with a fizzy cola bottle sweet. For extra fizz, you could sprinkle some popping candy over the icing too!

The cupcakes baked well and had a spongey texture, they tasted really nice too! A friend said they reminded him of Indian sweets. They didn’t have the same spring as regular sponge, which I assume is because of the lack of gluten, and they broke apart a lot easier. I took them to a party and got lots of good comments, my friend’s niece loved them so they pass the kid taste test! Overall I think I definitely need a lot more practice with alternative flours, but I’m going to continue experimenting as the health benefits are so worthwhile. Let me know if you have used them before and have any tips!

For more gluten and dairy free recipes check out Tombola’s collection of recipes, featuring these cupcakes!

I am entering them into myself and Cakeyboi‘s blogging challenge Treat Petite with this month’s theme of ‘Childhood Memories’ as cola bottle were my favourite sweets growing up.

I am also linking up with Lucy from Supergolden Bakes ‘Cook Blog Share’ link party.

And Elizabeth Kitchen Diary’s No Waste Food Challenge, this month hosted by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy, because I used up some sour cream in my fridge that was going to go out of date.


Cola Cupcakes (Gluten Free)


  • 3 Eggs
  • 400 ml Sour cream
  • 300 g Caster sugar
  • 7 tsp Cola flavouring
  • 4 tbsp Soy milk
  • 110 g Coconut flour
  • 95 g Almond flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 18 Fizzy cola bottle sweets
  • 200 g Butter


  1. Whisk together the eggs, sour cream, 3 tsp of the cola flavouring, soy milk, and caster sugar. Whisk well by hand for about a minute until it froths
  2. Sieve together the coconut flour and almond flour, along with the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
  3. Add the flour to the wet mixture until it forms a batter. Put it into cupcake cases
  4. Bake them on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for about 25 minutes
  5. Make an icing by mixing the butter, icing sugar and 4 tsp of the cola flavouring together until smooth. Pipe onto the cupcakes then add a fizzy cola bottle sweet
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  1. Coconut flour is really difficult to bake with and cakes can have a much greater density. You have to add loads of extra moisture as is sucks it up like a sponge! Pleased to hear yours came out ok. Cola icing isn't something that has ever crossed my mind to make, but these little cakes are very pretty and the cola bottle on the top is definitely a blast form childhood!

    1. Thanks for the tips Kate, I was hoping you would comment as you are an expert on these things! I have recommend your blog to two of my relatives who have suffered with wheat intolerances recently.

  2. These sound very intriguing! I have long wanted to bake with coconut and especially almond flour (both used in Paleo recipes) but have never found any that didn't cost the earth. Would have liked a taste of your cupcakes the Cola flavour must be hard to retain after they are baked. Thanks so much for linking to #CookBlogShare x

    1. The packs were around £4 from Tesco, however it was part of a healthy living month so I'm not sure if all stores will have them. I have heard that you can get them online for reasonable prices.

  3. What perfect little cakes to fit the theme! I too feel I need to branch out a little from the regular flours in our cupboard- good to read of your experiences with these flours and the resulting cakes.

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