Coca Cola Floats

This recipe is from the Longo’s 2012 Recipe Calendar

Coca Cola Floats were an instant classic the first time I made that, and have been remade many times since. This recipe is so easy and the results are amazing. The cake itself comes from a box, while the icing is a little more challenging, but worth the effort. Two kinds of icing are used, a Coca Cola Buttercream as the base, and a little tuft of Vanilla Buttercream which acts as the “Whipped Cream” on the float. If you have trouble finding marachino cherries with the steams on, check out Metro, it’s the only Canadian grocery store I could find that carries them.



  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix
  • 1 can Coca Cola
  • Oil and Eggs per box instructions

Coca Cola Buttercream (You can use your favorite butter cream icing recipe, but add coke instead of vanilla for the base icing)

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups Icing Sugar
  • 1 TBSP Coca Cola
  • 1-2 TBSP Milk, if necessary

Vanilla Buttercream (I sometimes get lazy and buy a tub of vanilla buttercream for this part!)

  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • 3 1/2 cups Icing Sugar
  • 1 TSP Vanilla
  • 1-2 TBSP Milk, if necessary


  • Maraschino cherries, steams on
  • Straws, cut to cupcake size


This recipe is really one of the easiest and most satisfying ones I know.

Basically, just follow what the box tells you. Bake it for the recommended amount of time and temperature for cupcakes, and you’re going to get great results. Fill the cupcakes only halfway full with batter, as you want a flat top for decorating your float.

You’ll end up with a golden / blonde cupcake, something like this:

While the cupcakes are in the oven, mix both kinds of icing (or just the Coke, if you’re being lazy too and purchase the vanilla). I find that sometimes this icing starts to separate a bit because of the carbonation in the Coke. The best thing I’ve used to stop this is Wilton’s Icing Whitener, which I purchased at the Bulk Barn.

When the cupcakes have cooled (30 minutes or so), you can spread the base icing onto each cupcake. Don’t worry about it being too pretty, because the white tuft and maraschino cherry will draw attention. Once the base has been spread, use a Wilton 1M tip to make a small tuft in the centre of the cupcake, and top it with your maraschino cherry.

The cherry’s juices will drip down through your icing tuft, so if you know you’ll have guests that don’t like maraschino cherries (cough me), then leave a few without aside for them.

The resulting cupcake will be a beautiful little 50s inspired Coca Cola float! I love to make these in red paper liners, or as you see above, rich colours. I’ve also made them in silver liners – really the choice is yours!


One comment on “Coca Cola Floats

  1. dishanw says:

    I’ve never even considered Coke having anything to do with cupcakes! This sounds amazing!

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