Coca-Cola Cake

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cakeWe Southerners love our Coke, and of course by Coke I mean any carbonated beverage – it’s what some folks call soda or pop or cola, you know Sprite, Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, etc.  But down here, it’s all Coke.  You just have to specify what kind of Coke you want.  ~You know we can be kinda weird and cantankerous down her below the Mason Dixon line.~  I guess you could say my favorite kind of Coke is Dr. Pepper… and I’ve become real fond of that new Dr. Pepper 10.

Anyway, us Southern folks are so proud of the fact that Coca-Cola is a Southern invented and made product, that we put Coke in all kinds of things – I’ve even heard you can clean your car battery connections with it… not sure what that says about what’s in it, but I digress.  But my favorite, by far, is the ever popular Coca-Cola Cake.  And every Southern cook has his or her own way of whipping up Coca-Cola cake, so here’s mine.  This deliciously moist, dense cake is different from any other kind of cake that’s out there.  You really need to try it if you haven’t.  Even the icing has Coca-Cola in it!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Icing
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup Coca-Cola
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking soda.  Blend well.  Stir in sugar.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup butter and and marshmallows.  Cook over medium heat until the marshmallows are melted.  Remove from heat and stir in cocoa.  Set aside.
  3.  Add Coca-Cola, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Slowly add butter/marshmallow/cocoa mixture.  Stir until combined.
  5. Pour into a greased 9X13 pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.
  1. For icing, combine butter, Coca-Cola, and cocoa in a medium saucepan, heat until just boiling.  Remove from heat and slowly stir in vanilla and sugar.
  2. Pour over warm cake.  Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
Coca-Cola Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Icing
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup Coca-Cola
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Blend well. Stir in sugar.

In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup butter and and marshmallows. Cook over medium heat until the marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa. Set aside.

Add Coca-Cola, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Slowly add butter/marshmallow/cocoa mixture. Stir until combined.

Pour into a greased 9X13 pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.

For icing, combine butter, Coca-Cola, and cocoa in a medium saucepan, heat until just boiling. Remove from heat and slowly stir in vanilla and sugar.

Pour over warm cake. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

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Comments

  1. So you MELT the marshmallows first?? Well, I’ll be. You’re the first person that actually said that- and I’ve made two different versions of Coke Cake- and never melted the dern things. And did ya know they float to the top?…It’s interesting to take a bite of cake and get a taste of kinda burnt but mostly just liquidy marshmallow. I always figured that’s what the icing was for lol! Now I’m gonna have to make this and melt them!

    • I’m not a huge fan of having the marshmallows in it whole, so I just melt them. Works perfectly and doesn’t change the texture of the cake. Let me know what you think about my version! :)

  2. Danielle D. says:

    I remember bring this cake to my culinary class in high school. My teacher and classmates were amazed! They had never seen a chocolate coca cola cake. But its the only kind ive ever had. Yum.

  3. Okay Stacey, I’m gonna try this one. Being from Georgia I love Coca-Cola cake but I’m not the best made-from-scratch cake baker, lol. It looks so good though and your recipe seems pretty easy so why not right? Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

  4. I went to Cracker Barrel over the weekend and had thier coca-cola cake for dessert, and it was just delicious. How did you know I needed the recipe?…LOL… I’m so happy you posted this one. Can’t wait to make it. The picture looks so real like it is calling my name, so I know it’s another good recipe.

  5. OMG- I remember my aunts making this when we visited our “Hillbilly Cousins” in Tennessee!!! I also have a recipe for Coca Cola Salad that is WONDERFUL~~~ Kim

  6. Often I have tried to explain to my kids how everything fizzy was called a Coke when I was growing up. They are both born out West, so they look at me funny. I told my daughter when I was reading “The Help” I could tell the author did actually grow up in the South, just by those little things in the book.

  7. Thanks for this recipe! I loved melting the marshmallows idea. Good luck to your wife in her nursing career!

  8. kenneth shafer says:

    I tried this recipe after having had it at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse in Tennessee. mine turned out flat, more like a Texas sheetcake . as the mix was more liquid than usual it may be possible I mismeasured one or more or the ingredients. any other possibilities ? does it matter if the coke is cold or room temperature when added ?

    • It shouldn’t matter about the coke temperature. Was the cake very dense?

      • kenneth shafer says:

        yes, the finished cake was dense but very liquid when panned. the only variation I made was substituting 1/2 cup milk with tbsp vinegar in place of 1/2 cup buttermilk

        • I’m just not sure. Mis-measuring an ingredient can certainly lead to that. I do that buttermilk trick all the time, so that’s probably not it either.

  9. kenneth shafer says:

    thanks for your quick response. I plan to try again this week using real buttermilk and paying closer attention to details

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