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Classic Coca-Cola Cake Recipe


CocaColaCake_5CocaColaCake_1CocaColaCake_2CocaColaCake_3 A Coca-Cola cake is a classic Southern recipe. It’s made using actual Coca-Cola and mini marshmallows in the batter! Sounds crazy right?! It’s very moist and the frosting is a rich chocolate fudge glaze. It’s pretty much the perfect dessert for a game day celebration, a BBQ or when you’re in the mood for a little comfort food! The trick is to not over bake it. Remove it before the center is fully cooked. Then let it sit and cool. You’ll be flipping it upside down so don’t worry if the center slightly caves in. It just means it’s going to be gooey and delicious!

Classic Coca-Cola Cake Recipe
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large pot, bring the butter, Coca-Cola and cocoa powder to a boil whisking until combined. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, mini marshmallows and salt.

Quickly add the flour mixture into the pot and mix until combined and marshmallows are almost melted. It’s okay if some marshmallows are not completely melted.

In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla. Add into the pot and continue to fold the mixture until everything is combined.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and rub with butter. Pour the batter into the pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Remove before the center is fully cooked! You don’t want a toothpick to come out clean… you want it to come out with a little cake on it.

Let it cool completely, then place it upside down on a platter until the cake tips out.

Chocolate Fudge Icing 
1 stick real butter
1/2 cup cocoa
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb powdered sugar

In a saucepan heat the butter, cocoa powder and milk until the butter

has melted. Remove from heat and add in the vanilla and powdered sugar.

Mix very well. You can also use an electric mixer to really mix it up. The

texture should be smooth.



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12 responses to Classic Coca-Cola Cake Recipe

  1. January 29, 2015

    I’ve never tried Coca Cola Cake, but it sounds soooo good! Pinning to try in the future! 🙂

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

    1. Natalie
      January 30, 2015

      What did you sprinkle on top? It doesn’t look like powdered sugar or cocoa powder but something in between, maybe a blend of the two. Just curious, it gives a chocolate/chocolate cake some much needed contrast which is brilliant if you need to photograph one and make it eye-catching!

      1. Eden
        January 30, 2015

        Hi Natalie! I just added some shaved chocolate! Thank you for the sweet comment 🙂 XO

  2. January 29, 2015

    I bet this is great – I’ve made banana bread using Coke and it was some of the best we ever had:

    1. Eden
      January 30, 2015

      Lynn, that Banana bread looks AMAZING!! I’m a banana bread freak so I might need to try this! Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. January 30, 2015

    Are you kidding me? I adore coca cola and I didn’t know this excisted! I adore this and am totally going to make this during the weekend!

    1. Eden
      January 30, 2015

      Haha!! I know it’s a southern recipe and it’s SO good!!! If you cook it just right, it’s gooey and amazing!

  4. Lubinka
    February 13, 2015

    My kids have their birthdays in a week, and I was looking for a nice chocolate cake recipe to make for this:
    Do you think I could use this one, consistency – wise? Taste-wise, I’m sure, it’d be unbeatable.
    I’d really appreciate it if you could give me some advice on whether it would be a good idea to go with the coke cake. Thanks for this great recipe, either way I’ll be making it some time in the future.

    1. Eden
      February 13, 2015

      Hi! What a cute cake that is, haha! The Coke cake can be a little gooey, but I do think it could work. I haven’t tried it in a round pan so I’m not sure how much it would make. Not sure it would make enough to do two round cakes to stack… The frosting is very good and looks like it would be perfect for that cake. If you make it, share a picture!!

  5. Lubinka
    February 23, 2015

    Well, I did use your recipe, and it was the most successful one of the three cakes I made. Thank you very much for this wonderful recipe, I’ll be making it again and again on every suitable occasion I get (that is, whenever I want something amazingly chocolate-y and tasteful).

    1. Eden
      February 23, 2015

      Yay! I am so happy to hear that it worked out for you AND I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how it turned out! Thank you so much! Now you’ve made me want to make it again this week, haha!!

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