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A classic southern favorite, Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake is a wonderfully rich and chocolatey cake with coca-cola in both the cake and frosting. Moist, rich chocolate, perfectly textured, and easy to prepare, it’s sure to become a family favorite!

slice of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting on plate

We decided to eat at Cracker Barrel for Easter; I was more than happy for someone else to cook and clean for once. As always, I order the pancakes at Cracker Barrel regardless of what time of day it is.

Furthermore, I never have room for dessert. Ryder didn’t have room either, but he kept looking at the sign for this Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake that sat on the table. About halfway through the meal, probably when he realized he wouldn’t have room for dessert either, he asked me if I could make this chocolate cake for him.

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

As soon as I got home I started looking through my cookbooks to find the recipe. This is a classic chocolate cake; at least it’s a classic in the South. I’ve had it at church socials and family reunions. My mother made a similar cake that I decided to alter. I’m please with the result.

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake recipe is a Southern tradition. It's moist and delicious. A family favorite.

This Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake is gooey and chocolaty. It’s similar to a brownie except with frosting.

The frosting is velvety smooth, sweet, and has a light chocolate flavor.

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake 

On Tuesday as Ryder was enjoying the last of the Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake, he proclaimed, “Mommie, I know what kind of cake I want next year for my birthday. (His birthday is in March!!) “I want a Coca-Cola Cake!”

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  1. Stand Mixer
  2. 9×13-inch baking pan
  3. small sauce pan

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Chocolate Coca Cola Cake

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

Gooey, decadent, and addicting, chocolate cake made with cola drink and smothered in a chocolate cola frosting. Just 10 minutes of prep for this Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake that’s glazed in a fudgy Coca-Cola frosting!
Author: Paula
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24 slices



For the Cake

For the Frosting


Directions for cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with non-stick spray.
  • Combine Coca cola, buttermilk, and vanilla; set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar at low speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beat until blended.
  • Combine flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with Coke mixture beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Stir in marshmallows. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake 350 degrees 30 to 35 minutes. Remove and allow to cool 3 to 4 minutes before pouring Chocolate Coca-Cola Frosting over cake.

Directions for Frosting

  • Boil butter, Coke and cocoa for 1 minute; stirring constantly.
  • Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. Pour over warm cake.
  • Serve warm- plain or with vanilla ice cream. It’s also good cold. Enjoy!


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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    1. I don’t recommend baking with diet Cokes or sugar substitutes. Heat often makes sugar substitutes do weird things and the recipe doesn’t bake correctly.

  1. 5 stars
    Made it for my son birthday. Love the texture. Very moist. Will make again. May leave the marshmallows out. Easy to make.

  2. 5 stars
    THANK YOU! I had totally forgotten about this cake. My mother made it for me as a child – and I’m old! It is wonderful. Thank you so much for the memories as well as the recipe!

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