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Coca Cola Cake Recipe

Coca Cola cake is an outrageously fudgy chocolate cake slathered with an equally chocolatey frosting.

Thanks to Coca Cola and hidden marshmallows, this cake is full of flavor. Add some chopped nuts on top, and it’s pretty hard to stick to just one slice.

Honestly, it should really be called crack cake because it’s 100% addictive.

Slice of Chocolate Coca Cola Cake on a Piece of Parchment Paper on a White Marble Table with a Glass of Cola and a Glass Bottle of Coca Cola in the Background
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Classic Coca-Cola Cake

Coca Cola cake is a classic southern dessert. It uses Coke for two reasons: flavor and structure. 

The soda enhances the flavor of the cocoa powder, while the carbonation helps it rise. The result is a high, moist, drool-worthy dessert. 

But wait, there’s a surprise. 

As the cake bakes, the mini marshmallows float to the top. Leaving you with gooey melted morsels hiding underneath a chewy brownie-like crust.

It’s hands down the king of soda-infused cakes!

Slice of Chocolate Coca Cola Cake with Chocolate Frosting on a White Plate with a Fork, a Red Gingham Kitchen Towel, and the Rest of the Cake in the Tray Behind It

Ingredients 

Aside from Coca-Cola, all the other ingredients are pretty standard for this chocolate cake recipe.

Here’s what you need:

For the Cake:

  • All-Purpose Flour. The base of any cake.
  • Granulated Sugar. For sweetness.
  • Baking Soda. The leavening agent that makes the cake rise.
  • Butter. For a rich cake. Slice it into small chunks for faster melting. Either salted or unsalted butter works fine.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. For that rich, chocolatey goodness.
  • Coca Cola. It’s called Coca Cola Cake, after all! Don’t use Diet Coke – now is not the time to watch your weight.
  • Buttermilk. For extra moisture and richness. 
  • Eggs. To bind the ingredients together and help the cake rise.
  • Vanilla Extract. Flavor enhancer.
  • Mini-Marshmallows. A key ingredient to achieving that chewy crust.

For the Frosting:

  • Butter. Nothing beats a buttery frosting. I like to use salted butter to contrast the sweetness of the sugar.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. Double the chocolate, double the fun.
  • Coca-Cola. Boil it along with the butter and cocoa powder for a concentrated flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar. You’ll use 4 cups, but you can add more or less to suit your taste. Just note that the consistency will change depending on the amount used.
  • Nuts. For added crunch. I like pecans or almonds.
Top View Coca Cola Cake Batter in a Glass Bowl with a Whisk on a White Marble Table
Top View of Baked Coca Cola Cake in 9x13 Tray

How to Make Coca-Cola Cake

Ready to devour a slice? Then grab your ingredients, and let’s bake!

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with oil or butter.

2. Sift the dry ingredients. That’s the flour, sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.

3. Boil and mix. Boil 1 cup of butter, 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 1 cup of Coca Cola. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix gently.

4. Stir in the remaining ingredients. That’s the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and mini marshmallows. Use a spatula until the batter is well combined.

5. Bake. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for 40 minutes or until fully cooked. Let the cake cool on a wire rack.

6. Prepare the frosting. Combine 1/2 cup of butter, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 6 tablespoons of Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Cook until it boils, then beat in the powdered sugar.

7. Frost the cake and serve. Spread the frosting evenly over the warm cake. Add the nuts, if using. Then slice and enjoy!

Close Up of Pouring Chocolate Frosting onto Baked Coca Cola Cake

Tips for the Best Cake

Want to create the picture-perfect Coca Cola cake? Just follow these nifty tips:

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  • Sift and measure the dry ingredients. For a lump-free batter, sift the dry ingredients. Also, be sure to measure the flour by spooning it into the cup – not scooping and packing it in.
  • Let the cake cool before slicing. I know it’s hard to wait, but the cake needs to cool completely. That way, you get a clean slice.
  • No buttermilk? Make your own by combining 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Give it a good stir and let it sit for 5 minutes. 
  • Use quality cocoa powder. You can use either Dutch-process or regular. Dutch will yield a darker cake. Either way, good quality has the best test.
  • Try other nuts. Aside from pecans and almonds, you can use walnuts, macadamias, cashews, or pistachios. 
  • Serve warm or cold. The cake is delicious both ways! For warm, microwave a slice for 10-15 seconds, and the glaze gets all melty. Top with vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat.
Coca Cola Cake in the Baking Dish, Cut into Slices
Spatula Holding Up a Slice of Chocolate Coca Cola Cake with Frosting with the Rest of the Cake in the Background

How to Store

I love making this cake ahead of time for special occasions. It’s always such a big hit, and it serves a crowd. 

What I love even more is having leftovers on hand!

It’s the perfect solution to those indulgent chocolate cravings. They’re also nice to have for unexpected guests.

Here’s how to store them:

To Store: Wrap the cake in the baking dish with plastic wrap or transfer leftovers to an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To Freeze: For make-ahead chocolate cake, wrap it, unfrosted, tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Transfer leftovers to a freezer-friendly tub. Freeze both for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Coca Cola cake taste like?

Coca-Cola cakes taste super chocolatey and perfectly rich. The soda adds more depth and complexity, enhancing the chocolate flavor. 

You can’t really put your finger on this special ingredient. But you know it’s extra delicious because of it!

What are the Origins of Coca Cola Cake? 

The origins of Coca Cola cake are a little fuzzy. However, the Charleston Gazette gained credit for publishing the first recipe in 1952.

In the 1960s, the cakes started catching on.

Soda was a game-changer for cake leavening. And thanks to strategic marketing strategies, the genius idea spread.

The cake became so popular that Cracker Barrel added it to their menu in 1997.

Can I Use Other Sodas to Make a Cake?

You definitely can. Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and root beer are some ideas.

Just keep in mind that the cake will vary in flavor depending on the soda you add.

Close Up of a Bite of Coca Cola Cake on a Fork

More Soda Cake Recipes to Try

Orange Crush Pound Cake
7-Up Cake
Dr. Pepper Cake
Root Beer Float Cake

Coca-Cola Cake Recipe

Course: DessertCuisine: American
Servings

18

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes
Cooling Time

1

hour
Calories

357

kcal

This Coca Cola cake is full of fudgy, chocolate flavor. One bite into this moist dessert will leave you swooning, but it’s beyond easy to make.

Ingredients

  • For The Cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup butter

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup Coca-Cola

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups mini-marshmallows

  • For The Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 6 tablespoons Coca Cola

  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
  • Sift the flour, sugar, and baking soda into a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Boil 1 cup of butter, 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 1 cup of Coca-Cola. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until lump-free.
  • Stir in the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and mini marshmallows until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (or with a few dry crumbs). Let the cake cool on a wire rack.
  • While the cake is in the oven, prepare the frosting. Combine 1/2 cup of butter, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 6 tablespoons of Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it boils.
  • Remove from heat and beat in the powdered sugar until the mixture is smooth. Spread the frosting evenly over the warm cake then add the nuts, if using.
  • Let the cake cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!

Notes

  • For a lump-free batter, sift the dry ingredients. Also, be sure to measure the flour by spooning it into the cup – not scooping and packing it in.
  • Let the cake cool before slicing. I know it’s hard to wait, but the cake needs to cool completely. That way, you get a clean slice.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 357kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 57g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
  • Sodium: 177mg
  • Potassium: 90mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 52g
  • Calcium: 22mg
  • Iron: 1mg

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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