Diet Cola Cupcakes with Brown Sugar and Cola Frosting

How many times have you gone for a takeaway, ordered a mahoosive burger, a portion of chips and diet drink and then realised how ridiculous your meal looks – lashing of fat, but hold the sugar! But the diet drink makes the burger more angelic…..doesn’t it? That’s you having will power….right?


Well these cupcakes are just like that! And I mean they actually have a diet drink in them, which means you need less sugar (lets forget the butter content eh?)

These cakes came at the end of the Diamond Jubilee weekend, where we had had a house full of guests, some with sore heads in the morning and who were in need of some fizzy caffeine. However, we had an excess of fizzy caffeine left, and before it went flat I decided to do some experimentation.

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Quite frankly I have never realised how good Pepsi Max, Brown Sugar and Butter could taste slathered all over a cake made with actual Pepsi Max, and to top it all, I think they’re a bit fizzy too – although that might be my imagination. 

Diet Diet Cola Cupcakes with Brown Sugar and Cola Frosting

Cupcakes – makes 6 to 8 Cupcakes
40gms Butter at room temperature
60gms Caster Sugar
1 egg
120gms Sifted Self Raising Flour
120ml Diet Cola (I used Pepsi Max)

Preheat the oven to 180c, 160c fan, gas mark 4. Fill a cupcake tray with cases.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy

Add the egg and flour and beat until combined.

Add the Diet Cola and carefully mix in.

Fill each cupcake case 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes (or until a cocktail stick placed in the middle comes out clean)

Once baked remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

100gms Butter at room temperature
100gms Brown Sugar
200gms Icing Sugar
4tbspns Diet Cola

First put the Diet Cola in a saucepan and boil until it’s reduced in volume to about 1 tbsn. Then put to one side to cool

Cream together the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.

Gradually mix in the icing sugar (50gms at a time) until you have a stiff consistency that will spread onto a cake. You may not need all of the icing sugar.

Lastly beat in the reduced Diet Cola and your frosting is ready to adorn your cakes.

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