Posted by: Rachel | March 26, 2011

Classic: Coca-Cola cake

As my mom mentioned in the interview, this Coca-Cola cake (a southern trademark) is one of her absolute favorite cakes.  She grew up with this cake and she fixed it often for my family as well.  She got the recipe from her grandmother.  See a pattern?

A (rule of thirds) correct photo

Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

This is a very popular cake in the blog world.  It’s also very similar to (and sometimes mistaken for) a Texas sheet cake when made in a jelly roll pan with water instead of coke and no sans marshmallows.

OK, so maybe there are quite a few differences.  But I prefer the zing from the soda and marshmallows help the keep the cake moist.

The result is a soft, light cake with a layer of fudgy chocolate over the top.  I can see why this cake retained a place in the recipe box.


2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 cup butter/margarine (2 sticks)

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 beaten eggs

1 cup coca-cola

1 tsp soda

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows (I didn’t have minis, so I used the big ones)

For Frosting:

1/4 cup butter

1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder

3 tbsp coca-cola

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 box powdered sugar

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Lots of butter and marshmallows

Photo by the Homemade Chocolater

Mix flour and sugar.  Heat butter, cocoa powder, coke and marshmallows to boiling.  Pour over flour+sugar.

Mix well.  Let cool.

Add remaining ingredients and stir to blend.

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes.


Melt butter, cocoa powder and coca-cola. Pour over 1/2 box of powdered sugar.  Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and stir well.  Pour over top of hot cake.

N.B.- Wait for the cake to cool before slicing a piece.  This helps the cake to retain its shape and for the frosting to set.  But if you can’t, don’t feel bad.  I know these little tricks because I couldn’t wait, either.



  1. I’ve hearfd loads of people talking about cola cake! I can’t imagine what it must be like, it looks interesting! yum!

  2. I was searching for something like this all weekend. I found brownie recipes using diet soda, but none said if it is OK to use regular soda. And, I want to try the cola cake using Dr. Pepper. Have you ever tried that as a substitution?

    • i’m pretty sure diet soda is just a low cal version of the real thing- either would probably taste good. and i haven’t tried dr. pepper as a substitution but would be really interested to see how that changes the flavor!

  3. YUM. My grandmother has often talked about this cake, and it’s so interesting to see that it’s still popular and handed down!

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