Coca Cola Cake Recipe

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Coca Cola Cake is one of the most delicious cakes and is a Southern staple. It seems like every when I visited any of my friend’s house as a young girl growing up, my friend’s mothers would stand at the stove for just a few minutes talking with us about our day and then a few minutes later we’d have a slice of warm, yummy Coca Cola Cake and a cold glass of milk in front of us.

As delicious as a slice of warm Coca Cola Cake may be though, it tastes even better later.

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It is for sure one of those recipes that many folks just have memorized and can throw together without a second thought.

Mama would whip up this cake effortlessly on Friday nights after football games when my girlfriends would come back to our house to spend the night.  I believe it was a big reason we’d come on home after the game instead of hanging out and driving back and forth through our one red light town for hours and hours  – or should I say that we would come home after a little while, not exactly immediately. You know how that all went down, don’t ya?


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Some friend’s mothers would add chopped pecans to the top and some just wouldn’t have any nuts at all. But, my Mama always made hers with salted cocktail peanuts sprinkled on the top. She has always been a cocktail peanut freak and said the best way to drink a Coca-Cola was an ice-cold, Coke from a bottle with a pack of salted peanuts poured inside. She introduced me to this concoction at a fairly young age and I really have to agree with her. It is a pretty amazing combination.


Anyway, if you’ve not added Coca Cola Cake to your list of cake recipes to make, you need to go ahead and take care of that.

I promise you’ll thank me.

Here’s the recipe for Coca Cola Cake like my Mama has always made it. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Coca-Cola Cake Recipe
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Coca-Cola Cake with Coca-Cola Frosting is a delicious Southern classic.
Serves: 15
Coca-Cola Cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Coca-Cola Frosting:
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)
  • 7 tablespoons Cocoa-Cola
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup cocktail peanuts (optional)
Coca-Cola Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 9x13 baking pan with butter and flour or baking spray.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add Coca-Cola, butter and cocoa to medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and gradually add to the flour mixture with a large spoon. Stir in the marshmallows, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until well-combined. Pour cake batter into your prepared 9x13 baking pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Coca-Cola Frosting:
  1. Add butter, Coca-Cola, and cocoa to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until the butter completely melts. Remove from the heat and add sugar and vanilla. Stir with a whisk until well-combined and smooth.
  2. Pour over warm cake. Top cake with cocktail peanuts (optional).




23 comments on “Coca Cola Cake Recipe”

  1. Hello, I loved the way your cake looks so moist and yummy. Haven’t tasted a coca cola cake before but I want to try baking one this weekend. The problem is that there is no marshmellow in the country I live in. Would it ffect the taste and texture very much?

  2. Wow what a neat cake! That it has both marshmallows and coca-cola makes it irresistible!

  3. Oh Robyn, I love the peanuts on top. When I saw the first picture I just KNEW you put peanuts in your Coke. 🙂

  4. so funny we posted something so similar on the same day!! I can’t wait to try your recipe Robin, it looks and sounds so moist and delicious!!

  5. Love that you so brilliantly carry on your family’s traditions. This one is going to be made by me for sure! 🙂

  6. I’ve never had one and don’t think I’ve heard of this until recently. Sounds interesting!

  7. Will you make another and I’ll just happen to drop by to borrow something and snag a piece while you’re not looking. Okay, I’ll snag 2 pieces. Okay, okay … 3 … I’ll snag 3 pieces, but no more than 3.

  8. Seriously!!! I woke up to this – going though my emails on my phone, had not even put my feet on the floor. YUM! I do need some. That combo of salty & sweet is perfection!

  9. I don’t think I’ve ever had this, my beautiful Southern friend! I love that the cake has buttermilk and marshmallows in it – cannot wait to try it!!! So funny that both you and Cheryl posted about peanuts in Coke today. I have great memories of Dad dropping peanuts into his bottle of Coke at the bar after church on Sunday mornings. No, we weren’t a bar frequenting family. It was just the only place open in our little town. Most of the church showed up there! 🙂

  10. I love the depth and complexity of a good Coca Cola Cake, kind of like when you add coke to a crock pot or a braise…so good and concentrated.

  11. I am so making this next week for my dad’s birthday. We are so NOT southern but he loves cocktail peanuts and his beverage of choice is a cold coke. Yum, yum, yum. I’ll let you know how it turns out- going to adapt it for high altitude! Have a great weekend! xo

  12. Well this would fix my sweet tooth and that craving to bake that I’ve had lately! Oh boy! Yummy!

  13. One of the absolutely, most perfect, delicious cakes ever!!!!!! Love it….making it this weekend with the peanuts. Yummy!!!! Thanks!

  14. I have never had a coca cola cake but would love one, and yes, that tall glass of ice cold milk would be a must!

  15. Just took this cake out of the oven and I did not let the cake cool enough before pouring on the icing. The icing was just absorbed into the cake, but I am sure it will still be delicious though. Will find out when the kiddos get off the bus!

  16. Such a fun idea for a cake and I bet very tasty!

  17. This is one of my weakness cakes. I just cannot say no to it!! ♥

  18. This looks so good! I can’t wait to make it, we are big Coca Cola fans around here! I adore the peanuts on top.

  19. How awesome! I will definitely be making this for our next potluck. I am sure that it will be the hit of the party. Thank you so much!

  20. My son just told me we should have coca cola cake for dinner. That’s how we roll around here. This really does look delicious!

  21. Wow, I have never tried a cocacola cake before!! How interesting. It looks so moist and delicious, I can’t wait to try to make one myself =)

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