How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with paper baking cups; coat with cooking spray. Whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar, and gelatin in a bowl; transfer mixture to bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs, coconut oil, and soft drink; beat on low speed for 1 minute. Stop to scrape down sides. Beat on medium speed an additional 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Stir in chopped maraschino cherries by hand until fully incorporated. Spoon batter evenly into prepared baking cups, filling each cup about two-thirds full.
Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center of cupcakes comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans. Transfer to wire racks, and cool completely, about 1 hour.
Divide Cherry-Swirl Frosting evenly between 2 bowls. Stir 1 to 2 drops food coloring gel into 1 frosting bowl until incorporated. Fit a large pastry bag with a large star tip (Wilton #2110). Spoon pink-tinted frosting into half of bag; spoon untinted frosting into remaining half of bag. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes, and top each with 1 maraschino cherry.