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Coca-Cola Cake is a Southern classic! It’s fudgy, moist, and full of rich chocolate flavor, which is why you’ll want to make it again and again!

Coca-Cola Cake sliced into squares served in a baking dish

Coca-Cola Cake cake is a delicious Southern dessert, in the tradition of Old Fashioned Red Velvet Cake and Coconut Cake. And just like my recipes for those other cakes, my Coca-Cola Cake recipe takes just minutes to prepare. (Sure, you could make it a layer cake or pipe on fancy decorations, but who has time?! We want dessert, and we want it fast!)

two serving of coca cola cake on a plate with forks

Easy Coca-Cola Cake Recipe

Have you ever tried Coca-Cola Cake? If not, you’ve been missing out! It’s a popular dessert at the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, so just like my recipe for Portillo’s chocolate cake and Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake, you might consider this Coca-Cola Cake a copycat recipe! 

The Coca-Cola in the cake batter gives it a moist, fudgy texture, while the frosting on top is rich, chocolatey, and infused with cola flavor. This is the perfect dessert for any occasion, whether it’s a birthday party or to celebrate your kiddo getting an A on a dreaded math test!

ingredients to make coca cola cake

Ingredients

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

For the Coca-Cola Cake:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Coca-Cola – Use regular Coca-Cola, not any of the fancy or diet varieties!
  • Butter – I recommend using unsalted butter.
  • Baking cocoa
  • Eggs – Here’s the best way to crack an egg!
  • Buttermilk
  • Vanilla extract

For the Coca-Cola Icing:

  • Coca-Cola
  • Butter
  • Baking cocoa
  • Confectioners’ sugar – Sift this first so it doesn’t make your icing lumpy.
steps to make coca cola cake
steps to make coca cola frosting

How to Make Coca-Cola Cake

1. Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease a 13×9 inch baking pan with cooking spray or butter.

2. Start the Batter

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine the cola, butter, and cocoa. Cook the mixture until it’s boiling, stirring occasionally. Stir the cola mixture into the dry ingredients.

3. Finish the Batter 

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Whisk this into the rest of the batter.

4. Bake

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

5. Make the Glaze and Finish

When your cake is almost done, make the glaze. In a small saucepan, bring the cola to a boil. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in the butter and cocoa; once the butter melts, remove the pan from heat. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar and pour the mixture over the hot cake.

slice of coca cola cake on a round plate with a fork

How to Store Coca Cola Cake

If you’re lucky enough to have any leftovers, here’s how to store them so they stay fresh and delicious.

First, make sure the cake is completely cooled before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil or transferring it to an airtight storage container. Then, store the cake at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze the cake for up to 3 months.

slice of coca cola cake with a bite taken out of it served on a round plate with a fork

FAQ

What is Coca-Cola Cake made of?

Coca-Cola Cake is made with all the standard chocolate cake ingredients like flour, cocoa powder, eggs, and butter, but then it also has a unique twist: a can of Coca-Cola!

Where did Coke cake come from?

Historians have found newspaper recipes from the South that use cola in cake, but the earliest references to an actual Coca-Cola Cake recipe as we know it today appeared in 1950s-era cookbooks.

Does Coca-Cola Cake taste like Coke?

The question on everyone’s mind! Does this cake actually taste like Coke?! Well, yes and no! The cake itself tastes like a rich, fudgy chocolate cake, but it doesn’t have a strong cola flavor. That said, the frosting does have more of a cola flavor to it, so if you want your Coca-Cola Cake to taste like Coke, I don’t recommend skipping the icing!

forkful of coca cola cake

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Coca Cola Cake

Coca-Cola Cake is a Southern classic! It’s fudgy, moist, and full of rich chocolate flavor, which is why you’ll want to make it again and again!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 12 oz can coca cola
  • 1 cup butter cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing:

  • 1 12 oz can coca cola
  • 1/2 cup butter cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13×9-in. baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the first 5 ingredients. In a small saucepan, combine cola, butter and cocoa; bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
  • In a small bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • About 15 minutes before cake is done, prepare glaze. In a small saucepan, bring cola to a boil; cook 12-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in butter and cocoa until butter is melted; remove from heat. Add confectioners' sugar; stir until smooth. Pour immediately over hot cake.

Nutrition

Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 74g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: cake, chocolate cake, coca cola, coca cola cake
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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