Coca-Cola Cake

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This Coca-Cola Cake is a moist, chocolatey dessert flavored with the popular, fizzy, soft drink. Topped with frosting and maraschino cherries.

Coca cola cake on a plate topped with a maraschino cherry
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This Coca-Cola Cake recipe comes straight from a handwritten recipe card in my Grandma Blick’s collection. When I saw she had written “Good!” and underlined it on the top corner of the card, I knew I had to try it. No boxed cake mix here, this cake is made from scratch! Since ovens and ingredients have changed slightly since my grandma’s time, I had to make a few adjustments, but the final result is a rich and decadent chocolate cake with hints of everyone’s favorite fizzy drink!

Ingredients in Coca-Cola Cake

  • Salted Butter – If you don’t have salted butter, then add a pinch of salt to the cake batter. Let the butter sit out on the counter for half an hour to soften.
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Sugar
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk, then you can a tablespoon of lemon juice to a ½ cup. Fill the rest with whole milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Use this mixture instead of the buttermilk.
  • Coca-Cola – Do NOT use diet cola. It will not yield the same results.

For the Frosting

  • Softened Butter
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Coca-Cola – again, NOT diet soda.
  • Powdered Sugar or Confectioners’ Sugar
Coca cola cake on a plate topped with a maraschino cherry


Variations

We love to serve this simple Coca Cola Cake topped with a maraschino cherry. However, you can also serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can also use Cherry Coke or Root Beer instead of Coca-Cola. The original recipe had mini marshmallows incorporated in the cake batter, but we did not have success with this addition, so we omitted them. The original recipe also had 1 cup of toasted chopped pecans added to the frosting, so feel free to try that when you make it!

Coca cola cake on a plate topped with a maraschino cherry

Frequently Asked Questions about Coca-Cola Cake

What is the history of Coca-Cola Cake?

You can find recipes for this cake pop up in the beginning of the 20th century. However, its popularity exploded when Cracker Barrel added it to their menu in the 1990s.

Why add Coke to cake mix?

The carbon dioxide in Coke act as a leavening agent making the cake extra light and fluffy.

What does Coca-Cola Cake taste like?

It tastes like Texas Sheet Cake but with Coke mixed in! It has a rich chocolate flavor.

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Coca cola cake on a plate topped with a maraschino cherry

Coca-Cola Cake

5 from 4 votes
This Coca-Cola Cake is a moist, chocolatey cake flavored with the popular, fizzy, soft drink. Topped with frosting and maraschino cherries.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15

Ingredients

Coca-Cola Frosting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Combine all cake ingredients except Coca-Cola into the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, blend at low speed until the ingredients are incorporated. Then beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Mixture should be light and fluffy.
    Coca cola cake batter before the coke is added
  • Add coca cola and fold in with a spatula.
    Coca cola cake batter in a large glass bowl
  • Grease a 9×13 pan with butter or cooking spray. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
    Coca Cola Cake batter in a cake pan
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
    Baked Coca Cola Cake
  • When the cake is completely cooled, make the frosting. Combine all frosting ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, blend at low speed until the ingredients are incorporated. Then beat on medium speed for 1 minute.
    Coca Cola Frosting in a glass bowl
  • Frost the cake. When you are read to serve, slice it and top each slice with a maraschino cherry.
    Frosted coca cola cake

Notes

  • For a Cherry Coke Cake, use Cherry Coca Cola. 
  • Make sure you use full sugar Coca-Cola. Diet soda will not work.
  • If desired, mix 1 cup of chopped, toasted pecans into the frosting. 
  • Wrap leftovers in plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container. Cake can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 472kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 238mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 1gSugar: 57gVitamin A: 612IUCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    My Sister super loves Coca-Cola and I’m glad I found this Coca-Cola cake! It is super delicious! Moist, flavorful and addicting. She loves it!