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Team USA cupcakes made with Sprite

Team USA Cupcakes made with Sprite

The Olympics are well underway, and Coca-Cola has been a proud sponsor of all the competitions going on in Pyeongchang this winter. Here at Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company, we’ve been avidly watching all the events, cheering on Team USA. Of course we want gold!

What better way to root for the Red, White, and Blue than with an Olympics watching party? Serve these Team USA Cupcakes made with Sprite and your guests give gladly award you a medal, too.


  • 1 box white cake mix (be sure to get white cake, not yellow)
  • 12 oz. Sprite
  • 1 can white frosting
  • blue food coloring
  • red food coloring
  • gold sugar sprinkles
  • silver cupcake liners

Directions for Making Team USA Cupcakes with Sprite

The Easiest Step

In a large mixing bowl, combine the white cake mix and Sprite. Using the Sprite will allow you to omit the rest of the ingredients listed on the box. Sprite’s clear, crisp flavor will also keep the white cake as bright as a brand new American flag.

Mix Well

Using a spoon or spatula, stir the cake mix and Sprite until completely combined. Around fifty strokes should eliminate all the lumps. You could also use an electric mixer for one minute.

Divide the Batter

Once the batter has been well mixed, divide it. Keep ⅔ of the batter in the mixing bowl, and transfer ⅓ to a glass or metal bowl. This portion will get food coloring, so use a bowl that won’t take the color.

Color It

Starting with 7-8 drops of red food coloring, mix the batter until you get the color of the red stripes on the American flag. Keep adding a couple of drops at a time until the batter is red enough.

Line the Pan

Using silver cupcake liners, line the muffin pan. With silver cups and gold sprinkles on top, you’ll be ready for the medal ceremonies.

Alternate Batters

Starting with the white batter, pour a spoonful of batter into each of the lined cups. After one spoonful of white, switch to the red. Top off the cups with a final spoonful of white batter. Use a table knife or long toothpick to lightly swirl the red and white. Don’t over-swirl or you’ll end up with pink instead of red and white.


Follow the baking time printed on the cake mix.

Prep the Frosting

Once the cupcakes are out of the oven, allow them to cool on a wire rack. As the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the blue frosting. Put roughly half of the can of frosting into a metal or glass bowl. Again, you’ll be putting food coloring in the bowl, so don’t use one that will stain. Stir in blue food coloring until you get a nice, deep blue.

Add the Gold

Using a wide spatula, frost the tops of the cooled cupcakes. Be sure to leave some red and white showing around the edges. Pour the gold sugar sprinkle into a plate or shallow bowl. Dip the frosted tops of the cupcakes in the sprinkles.

Cheer on Team USA

Gather the curling fans, the Alpine skiing nuts, and the Olympic Ice lovers and cheer on Team USA.