Coca-Cola Cake

I’ve made a savory dip before with Coca-Cola and have always wanted to bake with it and am so glad I finally did.

It’s an easy, no-mixer cake that you can make in one bowl and a saucepan. Love that.

Coca-Cola Cake - One cake of Coke in the cake and another can of Coke in the frosting!! EASY no-mixer cake that's supremely moist! Tastes like a Texas sheet cake spiked with Coke!!

The cake is supremely moist and soft thanks to a can of Coke in the batter. There’s another can of Coke in the boiled frosting which reminds me of Texas Sheet Cake frosting. The frosting is abundant and pools up at the edges of the pan. No complaints here.

Between those two cans of Coke you definitely can taste it, more so in the frosting than in the cake in my opinion. For Coca-Cola fans, you’re going to love that aspect.

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Coca-Cola Cake - One cake of Coke in the cake and another can of Coke in the frosting!! EASY no-mixer cake that's supremely moist! Tastes like a Texas sheet cake spiked with Coke!!

Between those two cans of Coke (sugar), there’s also 2 cups of granulated sugar in the cake and 4 cups (1 pound) of confectioners’ sugar in the frosting yet paradoxically the cake itself isn’t ridiculously sweet. The frosting is sweeter than the cake but frosting is always sweet.

As a caveat if you’re the type of person who thinks bran muffins are too sweet, this isn’t the cake for you.

Coca-Cola Cake - One cake of Coke in the cake and another can of Coke in the frosting!! EASY no-mixer cake that's supremely moist! Tastes like a Texas sheet cake spiked with Coke!!

I used real Coke. Not Diet Coke or Coke Zero and I didn’t reduce the amount of sugar in the cake because in baking sugar doesn’t only effect the taste, it effects the texture and structure of baked goods.

Because I lightly adapted the cake from Coca-Cola’s own recipe, I didn’t want to mess with a good thing and possibly end up with a cake that didn’t set up, fell, or had a weird texture. If you’re concerned about the sugar I view this is a special occasion treat and there’s always more cardio that can be done, right?

Coca-Cola Cake - One cake of Coke in the cake and another can of Coke in the frosting!! EASY no-mixer cake that's supremely moist! Tastes like a Texas sheet cake spiked with Coke!!

Coca-Cola Cake

This is an easy, no-mixer cake that you can make in one bowl and a saucepan. The cake is supremely moist and soft thanks to a can of Coke in the batter. There’s another can of Coke in the boiled frosting which reminds me of Texas Sheet Cake frosting. Between those two cans of Coke you definitely can taste it. I used and recommend real Coke, not Diet Coke or Coke Zero, and don’t recommend reducing the sugar.

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12 ounces) Coca-Cola (use regular, not Diet or Coke Zero)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 1 can (12 ounces) Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 4 cups (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Directions:

  1. Cake – Preheat oven to 350F, line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup, and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl add the sugar, flour, and whisk to combine; set aside.
  3. To a medium, high-sided saucepan, add the butter, oil, cocoa powder, Coca-Cola, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; whisk nearly continuously.
  4. Once boiling, pour liquid over the dry ingredients and whisk to combine; set aside.
  5. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to the batter and whisk to combine.
  6. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.
  7. Turn batter out into prepared pan and bake about 35 to 40 minutes, or until done. A toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter. In the last 15 minutes or so of baking, make the frosting.
  8. Frosting – In a small, high-sided saucepan bring the Coca-Cola to a boil over high heat and cook 12 to 15 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup.
  9. While Coke cooks, sift the confectioners’ sugar over a large bowl; set aside.
  10. After the Coke has reduced, turn the heat to medium, and add the butter, cocoa, and whisk constantly until butter has melted.
  11. Add the Coke and butter mixture to the confectioners’ sugar and whisk until smooth. Note – My frosting was very thick and I needed to add a splash of additional Coke from a new can to get it to a pourable consistency, your results may vary.
  12. Pour the frosting immediately over the warm cake. Allow frosting to set up before slicing and serving. Cake will keep airtight at room temp or in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you enjoy chilled desserts, store it in the fridge, noting it can dry out faster in the fridge than at room temp.

Cake adapted from Coca-Cola, Frosting adapted from Taste of Home

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23 comments on “Coca-Cola Cake”

  1. I have seen recipes for 7-up cake and have made a Dr. Pepper pork loin, but this is new to me! Coke sounds good in a chocolate cake and the frosting does sound wonderful (and very interesting with coke syrup too). I’ve never had a problem with anything being too sweet……and its always worth a couple of extra miles if necessary!

    • It’s always worth a few extra miles if it means I get to indulge in something decadent :)

      I have seen recipes for Dr Pepper pulled pork in the crockpot and also 7 Up Biscuits but this is one of the first times other than a dip that I’ve cooked with soda.

  2. I was thinking that if you used cherry coke in the frosting it might be kinda cherryish and yummy…

  3. I have been baking this cake for over 30 years and everyone loves it. However, I have never used a whole can of Coke in mine and it is always delicious.

  4. Yum. I helped my cousin fix one, like a good southern girl, back in the 70’s and fell in love. She added chopped peanuts to the frosting on hers. Found the recipe online years ago and make it when the family asks. It is so good. Don’t get me wrong, the Coke cake at Cracker Barrel is really good. It has a marshmallow chocolate kinda frosting that I see a lot online and is yummy. Something about boiling this frosting on the stove just knocks it up another level. It has a delicate crunch to it when it cools. Kinda like a petit four. Love it. Enjoy one soon! Love your recipes Averie!

    • Fun memories for you with this cake and similar ones it sounds like. I haven’t been to a Cracker Barrel in about a decade or more but that’s good to know they have a Coke Cake too!

  5. I once made the 2 recipe cola cake using a box of chocolate cake mix and a can of coke. It was very nice. Very moist. However I rarely have a boxed cake mix in my pantry. I might buy if I see on sale. It never occurred to me to actually bake a cola cake from scratch. Or use coke in the frosting. Thanks for the ideas!

  6. I made this 30 years ago when I first got married. It came out great again. I also tried making it with root beer soda it came out great too .thanks

  7. this looks great!

  8. hey girl- this cake looks so yummy!

  9. I absolutely LOVE cola cake. And that frosting!!!!

  10. This is my grown kids favorite cake, one thing that I add to the cake part of the recipe is that after the cake has been in the over for about 30 minutes, just as the sides are almost done but the top is still very undone. sprinkle mini marshmallows over the top of the cake and continue to bake until the toothpick test is clean. The marshmallows just add to the cake. Then frost as normal. If you frost the cake while it is hot some of it will melt into the cake. Yummy.

    • That sounds decadent and amazing! I’ll have to try it!

    • I have made Coca Cola Cake for years and my recipe calls for a cup and a half of mini marshmallows spread over the top of the batter, they bake into the cake and then you frost it while still warm and it is melted, gooey, heaven. Also my recipe doesn’t call for 2 whole cans of coke either, as one of the other reviews mentioned. Regardless of how it’s made, it is one of the most delicious cakes ever.

  11. HI,
    I have not had a chance to try any of the cake recipes yet. They all look delicious so it is going to be hard to choose which one to try. I am a new follower and would like to say thank you for all of your recipes that you share with us.
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