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!
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.
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.
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
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Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake
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- baking pan
For the Cake
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup Coca Cola soda
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 and 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup Coke
- 3 Tablespoon cocoa
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
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!
Ohhhh this coca cola cake is so dang good!
Could I use diet coke n place of regular coke?
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.
Made it for my son birthday. Love the texture. Very moist. Will make again. May leave the marshmallows out. Easy to make.
Sharon Mordarski says
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!
kerean naquin says
Wow ! i love all you’re recipes . i can’t wait to try this coke cake recipe ,i have a church lunchoen comming up .I’m going to try it on the the folks there .
I hope you love it, my youngest son actually just ask me to make it again for him.
Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says
My family can not get over the fact that you can put coke into a cake!
You’re so funny. It did amaze my boys the first time and I think they were skeptical, but then they ate some.
Sandra Mauldin says
In My Native Ga, home of Coke, we use Coke in a lot of recipes, makes great Bbq sauce, one of the many things you can use Coke for.. I’ve made the above Cake many years ago remember how delish it was….going to make again soon….
Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories says
oh heavens that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with Inspire Me Monday. I’ve pinned it to try later, it is birthday season from now through the end of the year so it’s a great time to bake. Hope you will stop by for Small Victories Sunday and share your small victories with me.
Our birthday season is the Spring, Have fun at all your celebrations!
Oh.MY…chocolate heaven! This looks so amazing. I will for sure be making this recipe. Thanks for sharing’!
Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! says
Stopping by from the Random Recipe Roundup! I could not resist when I saw the picture, and after reading more about it I definitely have to try this! Very creative…thanks for sharing!
This looks delicious! Two of my favorite things – chocolate and coke!!! 😀 Can you taste the coke? My favorite (which I don’t have very often, sadly LOL) dessert is a chocolate ice cream Coca Cola float! This reminds me of the cake version!
Thanks for sharing with Random Recipe Roundup! 🙂 🙂 🙂
No, you can’t taste it, the carbonation gives it a fluffy texture and it’s really rich with the marshmallows. I promise you my family eats it in one day. My husband won’t let me make it right now because he’s trying to drop a few pounds. 🙂
LOL – I could stand to lose a few pounds myself – but I DO have family coming into town this week. uh hem. I’m making it for them. Yeah, that’s it. 😉
lol! I use that all the time, ‘it’s for the blog…’ love it, have a great week!
Debbie Caraballo says
I’ve always loved this cake – it’s actually VERY similar to our Texas Sheet Cake,( which I never make in a jelly roll pan, always a 9 x 13); except it has the marshmallows. This from scratch version is awesome. The Cracker Barrel version is good, but tastes kinda pre-fab, if ya know what I mean! Thanks for sharing, this brings back very good memories of church socials etc back in the 60’s and 70’s!
Love your site!
A new subscriber,
oh, thank you! I love those memories associated with certain foods. I love that this cake is so easy, yet I’ve never had anyone not like it.
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Amber Brady says
Ooh yummy! Looks moist too! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays!
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick says
This cake looks so good…….Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick
Cynthia Landrie says
I am so glad you shared this recipe! I remember having this cake a long time ago! I will have to give it a try again!
Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! I can't wait to see what you bring next week!
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Liz Berg says
Your cake looks so moist and wonderful…no wonder it was such a huge hit!
Andrea Reed says
This looks great! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Six Sisters 🙂
Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com says
Y U M !!! Thanks for sharing!! Pinned 😉
Marti @ Sew-Licious Home Decor says
Oh. my. gosh. This looks amazing!! I could literally eat the whole thing! LOL Thank you for link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!
Looks delicious and moist! I think I have had a cake like this before.
Have you ever used mayonnaise in your cakes? My stepmom used to do that and boy oh boy were the cakes good!
Marilyn Clark says
WOW, this looks absolutely delish!
Kaz @ Melting Moments says
Whao. This looks scrumptious!
Dawn Yucuis says
I think that this sounds wonderful. I have never heard of a coca cola cake before, but sure looks good.
Nancy Spangler says
Similar to Texas choc sheet cake.
Jennifer M. says
Yumm! I wonder how this would work with cherry coke? I am going to have to try this! Thank you for sharing, I found you through Sits Sharefest
Ooo I could so do this. Yum!
Tracie Nall says
MMM! I want to try this.
Teresa Moody says
That does look good!
Footprints in the Sand says
yum! I gotta try this, it looks so moist!
hehehe Thank you! made my day. Honestly, when I make this it doesn’t last longer than a day!