Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes | Free Football Party Printables

Cherry Coke Float Chocolate Cupcakes in Coca-Cola Cans. Such a cute party idea!

Nearly every American household comes together under one roof to watch the biggest event of the football season. I’m super excited to be working with The Coca-Cola Company to create fun ideas for a new program that you should start seeing in stores soon!

This year, Coca-Cola and Ritz have teamed up to give home-field advantage through their Home Bowl and you’re invited!

I hope you enjoy today’s post that is jammed packed with football party ideas, free party printables and fun food recipe ideas.

(UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!)

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes with Free Football Party Printables.

Score big by using the Home Bowl products and party ideas, as inspiration for upcoming game day parties. It’s the perfect lineup to bring your family together for the most anticipated football game of the year!

What’s in it for you:

  • Party planning made easy! Click here to create a custom Home Bowl Evite invitation and find more game day tips.
  • A chance to win prize packs.
  • Download the Free Party Printables below to get started on those game day table decorations!

I love throwing a great party and excited to share these adorable and super delicious Cherry Coke Chocolate Float Cupcakes that were baked inside of the actual Coca-Cola can! So stinking cute:-)

Cherry Coke Float Chocolate Cupcakes in Coca-Cola Cans. Such a cute party idea!

How to make Cherry Coke Chocolate Float Cupcakes

Baking these moist and delicious Cherry Coke Cupcakes directly in the can makes for an adorable party presentation and is way easier than you might think! The cans come out of the oven looking brand new. What a fun way to surprise your guests!

Make and decorate the cupcakes 1-2 days ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. The Coke makes the cake extra moist, so don’t worry about them drying out before it’s time to serve.

What you’ll need:

  • Devils Food Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1/3 Vegetable Oil (or the amount called for in the mix)
  • 3 Eggs
  • Instant Chocolate Pudding (3.9 oz)
  • 8 Pack of  Small Coca Cola Cans (7.5 fl oz)
  • 1 Small Jar Maraschino Cherries
  • White Frosting (store bought or homemade)
  • Hand Can Opener
  • Cooking Spray



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the cake mix, oil, eggs and pudding in a bowl.
  3. Gradually add 2 cans of Coke to the bowl and mix.
  4. Pour out the soda from 4-6 Coke cans. Use a can opener to cut the tops off of the can. I tried my electric can opener, but it wouldn’t work because the cans were too small. Using a hand opener worked perfect! The lid drops off easily into the can.
  5. Spray the inside of the empty Coke cans with cooking spray.
  6. *Pour the cake batter into the empty cans a little over halfway full.  (see alternative idea below if you want to skip this step.)
  7. Place Coke cans on a baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes or until you can put a toothpick into the cake and it comes out clean.
  8. After cupcakes cool, frost your cupcakes with the easy cherry frosting (see directions below).
  9. Finish off by adding sprinkles, a straw and a cherry on top. (cut your straw in half so you use less straws)
  10. Serve your cute cakes with a spoon.

*ALTERNATIVE IDEA:  If you don’t want to bake the cake inside the can, pour the cake batter into a regular baking pan and bake as directions require. After cake cools, cut into 3 inch long rectangles and place inside the cans. You can gently squish the cake into the can with the back of a spoon if it hangs over the edge. Frost the cake as in the directions and the presentation will still look adorable!

Makes about 4-6 cupcakes. For more, double the cake batter recipe.

How to Make Easy Cherry Frosting

Dice 8-10 maraschino cherries and add to white frosting, then pour 2 tablespoons of the cherry juice from the jar into the frosting and mix. Easy and so tasty!

Add the frosting to a plastic bag, trim the corner with scissors and frost the cupcakes.

If you use can frosting, make sure to refrigerate the cupcakes immediately after decorating them so the frosting will stay put when it’s time to display on the party table.

Easy Cherry Frosting Recipe.

I think these cupcakes made the party table!

Watch how EASY these cupcakes are to make on my Youtube Channel. Fun!

Take a look at all of the fun party ideas and download the Free Football Party Printables below. I love using red to decorate, plus it went perfect with the Coca Cola cans and bottles.

Fill popcorn containers with popcorn, hang a party banner, use paper lunch bags for chips, attach fun printables to straws, cupcakes, containers and more. These are just a few ideas you’ll see on my party table. I’ll be sharing more delicious party recipes next week!

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes with Free Football Party Printables.

Use the Coke bottle paper container for utensils. Wrap forks, spoons and knives in paper napkins and tie with a string.

Coca Cola Party Ideas.

I love using printables to label food and make a party table extra cute. I hope you enjoy these Free Football Party Printables!

Of course my favorite party flag says, “I’m Here for the Commercials”. ha!

Free Football Party Printables.

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Click here to get the savory appetizer recipes from this party table. They are so good!

Slow Cooker Coke Beef Brisket Sliders Recipe. So easy and delicious!

This is a sponsored post written by me as part of a partnership with The Coca-Cola Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Prizes provided by The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with this program.

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About Amy Locurto

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  1. The coke cupcakes are very creative, well done! All the pics look great, seems you’ve had a lot of fun!

  2. Are you sure 2 cans of coke??
    My cake recipe only asked for a cup of water and each can is 7.5oz.
    Wish I could attach a photo of my lava coke bombs in the oven lol.
    So cute and worth another try.
    I will definitely need to adjust the recipe 🙂

  3. I was excited to help my son make these cupcakes for his friends but I knew we’d need to prepare the cans well in advance. I attempted to use an electric can opener, a traditional metal hand operated can opener and an OXO hand operated can opener and none of them worked. I even had my husband try with each can opener. There are no words to describe our disappointment and even fewer cupcakes to eat.

    • Oh no! So sorry you couldn’t get it to work. Did you see my video? We used a normal can opener and it worked great. Only a few cans got messed up in our testing. They just sort of crushed as we tried to take the top off. I’ve had several people send photos of their Coke Float Cupcakes though, so it must work for others as well as me. Maybe just not all can openers do the trick? Thanks for trying it out though!

  4. Wow! They look amazing. What a fun idea!!


  5. Lisa Gaines says:

    This may be a stupid question, but I assume you eat the cupcakes with a fork right out of the can, yes?

  6. I am a Coke girl all the way, especially Vanilla Coke. I get a 12 pack of Vanilla Coke every year for Christmas (started off as a joke but turned into a family tradition). Loved how you made the cakes inside the actual Coke cans. Smart!

  7. Now THAT’S a party I want to come to!!

  8. Brilliant! I suppose this could be done with Pepsi, right? 🙂

  9. Cutest cupcakes, love them! And such a fun giveaway Amy 🙂

  10. These could not be cuter! What a cool idea!

  11. This looks like a lot of fun! 🙂

  12. Cutest idea ever! You are so creative! Love!!

  13. So adorable and fun. I love this idea!

  14. So cute and creative! I need to make these soon!

  15. Whew! I had to keep reading the directions to see if I completed it correctly. 🙂 Happy (Taco) Tuesday!!!

  16. What a fun idea and so creative!

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