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COCA COLA CAKE – The Southern Lady Cooks


Coca-Cola Cake is a Southern classic. It’s a decadent old-fashioned chocolate cake with rich chocolate frosting that never disappoints.

 If you like this cake, you may want to try our lunch lady brownies, old-fashioned sweet chocolate pie, and our Southern chocolate pound cake.

WHY WE LOVE THIS CAKE

This is a chocolate lover’s dream cake, and makes me happy just to have it in the house!  There are lots of recipes for this cake, but this one is my favorite. The classic cake is so moist because of the coke and buttermilk, and the frosting is fudgy and delicious! The marshmallows are a must in this cake! I promise you’re gonna love this old-fashioned Southern cake.

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Ground cinnamon (Optional) (I think the cinnamon brings out the chocolate flavor even more)
  • Butter
  • Coca-Cola (I always use regular Coke, do not use diet)
  • Pure cocoa
  • Buttermilk
  • Baking soda
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract

FROSTING INGREDIENTS

  • Butter
  • 100% pure cocoa
  • Coca-cola
  • Powdered sugar ( Note: 1 pound of unsifted powdered sugar= about 4 1/4 cups.  1 lb. of sifted powdered sugar = about 4 3/4 cups. I used 4 cups of unsifted powdered sugar, and it works fine for this frosting)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pecans or nuts of your choice (Optional)

SUBSTITUTES

✔Please see the comments on this cake to see how others have used different colas in it. Many have had great success with cherry coke, and several loved it with Sprite.

👩‍🍳HOW TO MAKE

This cake is so easy; you don’t even have to pull out the mixer!

COOKING

Step 1: Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well using a wire whisk.

Step 2: Combine butter, 1 cup of Coca-Cola, and cocoa in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil, stirring often.

Step 3: Remove from heat and pour over the flour mixture. Mix with a spoon.

Step 4: Mix buttermilk and baking soda together and pour into the cake mixture. Add marshmallows and continue stirring (your marshmallows will not melt). Add in eggs and vanilla extract.

Step 5: Pour into a sprayed 9 x 13 inch pan and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes, testing for doneness. 

FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS

Bring margarine, cocoa, and Coca-Cola to a boil on top of the stove. Remove from heat and add vanilla and powdered sugar until the frosting is of a spreading consistency. You can either stir in nuts or sprinkle them on top of the cake. Spread over hot cake.

PRO TIP

Make the frosting while the cake is in the oven baking. Then, you’re ready to frost the cake while it’s still warm.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I don’t like Buttermilk. Can I use regular milk?

Buttermilk is an essential ingredient when baking. It adds flavor and texture to cakes. You don’t taste the buttermilk. I don’t recommend using regular milk; it will change the texture and moisture of this cake. However, if you don’t have buttermilk, here is a substitute that will work.

Does it taste like Coke?

Ironically, no! You don’t taste Coca-Cola in this cake. It just produces a very moist cake with a fudge-like frosting.

STORING AND FREEZING

Store this cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can easily freeze this cake. Just bake and frost it, and then I do recommend cutting it. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.

💕MORE OLD-FASHIONED RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY

Southern Coca Cola Cake

Leigh Walkup

Coca-Cola cake is a southern classic. This old-fashioned chocolate cake is decadent and the frosting is delicious. No doubt this coca-cola cake will quickly become a family favorite!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Total Time 55 minutes

Course Dessert

Cuisine American, southern

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Optional (I think the cinnamon brings out the chocolate flavor even more)
  • 1 cup butter or margarine or two sticks or 16 tablespoons
  • 1 cup coca cola I always use regular coke and have not tried it with any other kind
  • 3 tablespoons 100% pure cocoa
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting for Coca Cola Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine or 1 stick or 8 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoon 100% pure cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons coca cola
  • 1 1 pound package powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans or nuts of your choice Optional
  • Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well using a wire whisk.

  • Combine butter, the 1 cup of coca cola and cocoa in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil stirring often.

  • Remove from heat and pour over flour mixture. Mix with a spoon.

  • Mix buttermilk and baking soda together and pour into cake mixture. Add marshmallows and continue stirring.(Your marshmallows will not melt) Add in eggs and vanilla extract.

  • Pour into a sprayed 9 x 13 inch pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes, testing for doneness. Frost.

Frosting Instructions

  • Bring margarine, cocoa and coca cola to a boil on top of the stove. Remove from heat and add vanilla and powdered sugar until frosting is of spreading consistency. You can either stir in nuts or sprinkle on top of the cake. Spread over hot cake.

1 pound of unsifted powdered sugar= about 4 1/4 cups. 1 lb. of sifted powdered sugar = about 4 3/4 cups. I used 4 cups of unsifted powdered sugar and it worked fine in this frosting

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