Cola Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

Cola Cupcakes

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 decided to make these Cola Cupcakes as cola bottles were my absolute favourite sweet growing up, and I still enjoy them now! I am experienced in using regular wheat flour to make some delicious treats, however wheat is difficult for some people’s bodies to process. So I decided to try the alternative flours out and see how it worked…

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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 started by whisking together eggs, sour cream, cola flavouring, soy milk, and caster sugar for about a minute until it frothed.

Next, I sieved together coconut flour and almond flour, along with baking powder and 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 18 large cupcakes.

I baked them for 25 minutes. It’s a bit more difficult to tell when they are done because they don’t spring back when you press them because of the lack of gluten. They also came out a lot paler than wheat flour cakes. I used a very thin skewer to test they were baked in the middle.

Cola Cupcakes

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

The Cola Cupcakes baked well and had a spongy texture, they tasted really nice too! A friend said they reminded him of Indian sweets. They didn’t have the same ‘spring’ as wheat flour sponge, which 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!

Cola Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

Cupcakes with cola flavouring and a cola bottle sweet on top

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cupcake
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 18
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 3 Eggs large
  • 400 ml Sour cream
  • 300 g Caster sugar
  • 3 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

For the buttercream

  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 200 g Butter
  • 3 tsp Cola flavouring
  • 18 Fizzy cola bottle sweets


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4, line a cupcake tin with paper cases

  2. Whisk together the eggs, sour cream, cola flavouring, soy milk, and caster sugar. Whisk well by hand for about a minute until it froths

  3. Sieve together the coconut flour and almond flour, along with the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
  4. Add the flour to the wet mixture until it forms a batter. Put it into cupcake cases
  5. Bake them for 20-25 minutes until they're golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean

  6. Make an icing by mixing the butter, icing sugar and the cola flavouring together until smooth. Pipe onto the cupcakes then add a fizzy cola bottle sweet

  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days

If you like this, check out more of my Cupcake recipes!

12 comments / Add your comment below

  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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