Friday, August 12, 2011

Coca Cola Cake

I realized it's been ages since I posted anything with chocolate on my blog! I thought I'd take a brief break from my peach mania to post something a little different.  After all, variety is the spice of life!

Coca Cola Cake is one of those good old-fashioned recipes that is frequently found in many church and community cookbooks--especially in the south.  This cake is moist and chocolaty and combines so many of my favorite ingredients-- cocoa... butter...marshmallows...and Coke!  If you are wondering what this concoction tastes like in a cake or that it's too strange to taste good, trust me, its heavenly! You boil the cocoa, butter, and Coke together for both the cake and the icing and the cake tastes like fudge.  The marshmallows completely melt into the batter and you don't taste Coke at all.  I think it's possible that the carbonation  keeps the cake moist and adds some volume??? I'd be interested to know the answer to that if anyone out there knows, so I'll throw that out to you, dear readers.

I've always wondered how this cake came about.  I imagine a housewife long ago having to whip up a dessert on the fly and looking into her pantry and seeing only Coke, marshmallows, and cocoa, she magically invents Coca Cola Cake.  I have no idea if that was the case, or if it was invented by the Coca Cola company in a test kitchen, but however it came to be, it's pretty darn good.

For the Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup coke
3 tbs cocoa
1/2 cup butter milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix flour, sugar, and marshmallows in a bowl and set aside.

In a saucepan, bring butter, Coke, and cocoa to a boil.  Pour this over the flour mixture.  Stir until marshmallows are almost melted.  Add buttermilk, beaten eggs, baking soda, and salt.  Mix until combined be careful to not over beat.

Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 pan.  Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

For the Frosting:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
6 tbs. coke
3 tbs. cocoa
1 box (3 3/4 cups) powdered sugar
pinch of salt
optional: 1 cup of chopped pecans

Bring butter, Coke, and cocoa to a boil.  Remove from heat.  Add sugar and nuts and beat until combined.  Pour over cooled cake.


  1. Ryan: This recipe is very southern. I had it many times growing up. It was pronounced "co-cola" as was the drink. See, I can still speak southern. I can still "sparkle" when I have to as well. Thanks for the delicious memory this morning.


  2. Yes, I wonder if the origin of this cake was a case of 'necessity is the mother of all inventions'? :-)

    I have a feeling the carbon dioxide in the coke does help with the raising aspect. I once baked a grapetiser cake (sparkling grape juice), and also noticed how moist it made it.

    Thanks for sharing a cool vintage throwback recipe :-)

  3. Ryan, I am so glad you made this! It looks wonderful! I have often seen recipes for it and thought the ingredient list was a bit good to know that it's a good one! Also, there MUST be a story about it's origin! :) Perfect Friday post. Have a wonderful weekend! xo

  4. I've heard of this cake before, and you made it look so tasty! Great post!

  5. Hi Ryan! I realized I haven't visited your blog so I jump in after your #FF tweet (thanks btw!). I just spent some time browsing your past recipes and I just wish that you live near or I have your baking talent! I think I'm eating desserts as much as you, but not nearly these beautiful and delicious treats! This coca cola cake is so interesting and I'd love to have a piece! Have a lovely weekend!

  6. I've heard of coca cola cake before but never saw a recipe for it! Your cake looks so yummy! Cola and! Sounds great! Have a great weekend!

  7. This sounds awesome Ryan! I have been seeing these all over but have never tried it. It looks similar to a chocolate sheet cake, which I love. Can't wait to try it!

  8. I had totally forgotten about this cake, Ryan, and your post brings back a flood of memories of eating this while growing up. It looks wonderful! I will have to make this soon. Have a lovely weekend!

  9. What?! Coca Cola in a cake? Sounds fantastic! I have heard of 7up cakes, but not Coke. I'm sure it's a southern thing maybe? Anyhow, I will have to try this sometime!

  10. I never had Coca Cola Cake? chocolate and coke? sounds like you got me right there. I never had this recipe nor this cake before. But with those 2 magic words hey I want some!
    happy sunday!

  11. This looks awesome! My mom hates buying pop (she says me and my brothers have enough cavaties) but I can probably convince her if it's for a baking purpose :D

  12. I don't ever remember tasting this lovely moist and chocolaty! I know my family would love it :)

  13. i love recipes like this. ones that make no sense whatsoever, but they work every time :)


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