Coca Cola Cake

by Patricia on April 18, 2009 · 6 comments

I was searching for ideas and tips on using soda (aka “coke” if you’re in the South) in cakes in preparation for this month’s Iron Cupcake: Earth challenge (soda pop is the theme ingredient).  And that’s when I found it.  And once I found it, I had to have it.  Do you ever get those uncontrollable urges (needs) to bake something?  What is *it*? Coca Cola Cake.  I’ve never had it before.  I found it on Southern Plate.  But once I read about it with the cocoa and the marshmallows and the cocoa I had to have it.  The coca cola addition was more a curiosity to me than anything else.  I was no longer thinking about Iron Cupcake, I was only thinking about tasting this cake.

So I stopped at the store on the way home from work with 2 things on my list: marshmallows and a bottle of Coke.  I had everything else I needed at home.  And like a woman possessed, I baked.  I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with 13×9 inches of cake when I was the only one there to eat it but that was not a good enough reason to stop.


I was not disappointed.  Although by the third piece, it was a little too sweet (the frosting is fudgy and sweet, and in doses smaller than what I ate is not overly sweet… )  Maybe that is a good thing… the cake kind of forces some amount of self-control so you don’t eat too-too much (three pieces is too much).  If you’re looking for all-natural and good for you, this is not the cake for you.  But if you are looking for tasty and easy, give it a shot.  Dan loved it.  And it stayed moist for days.  The frosting sets up almost like a fudge.  According to Christy Jordan at the Southern Palate, the coke tenderizes… and oh it was tender.

If you’d like to try it out, you can find the recipe here on the Southern Plate.  I followed all of her directions precisely except for dropping my camera into the cake batter. I’m pretty sure that step is optional :)


1 Vince Havard November 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I absolutely love Coca Cola Cake! I begged my grandmother to bake one every birthday I had as a child. Thankfully she did. If we were really lucky; we’d get another one at Christmas Time. Because of this I consider this to be my special “sweet” comfort food. I am now considering trying Vanilla and Cherry Coke and sinful dark chocolate. I know it will be wonderful…

2 Crystal June 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm

the vanilla-sprite cake is similar to 7-Up cake…that is my husband’s requested cake…it is very moist and likens the texture of an Angel Food Cake…i would love a recipe with the other variations of soda (orange, grape, strawberry, etc…), is there a website?

3 Jillian April 22, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Orange soda, grape soda, and strawberry soda are also good in cake.

4 Patricia April 22, 2009 at 1:16 am

Hmm. A vanilla-sprite cake could be interesting. Let me know how it turns out :)

5 qudz104 April 19, 2009 at 2:29 am

lol it depends how thick the slices are to determine if 3 is too much. but this looks sinfully good!! do ou think if i substitute sprite with like, vanilla cake, itll have that slightly lime-ish flavor? with some cool wip topping? in my head it sounds like a good summer dessert, if it works out lol

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