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Recipe: Cherry Coca-Cola Cake

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Heather Rode enjoys photography, baking, antiques, and hair care.

Coca-Cola cake is sure to be a hit.

Coca-Cola cake is sure to be a hit.

What Is Coca-Cola Cake?

Coca-Cola cake is exactly what it sounds like: a cake made with soda pop! It's been around for quite a while, but there are plenty of people who have never tasted it or heard of it before. I love unique cake recipes and yummy desserts, and this sweet treat delivers. It has a very distinct flavor that screams old-fashioned and homemade.

Coca-cola cake is traditionally made with original Coke, but feel free to use your favorite flavor! I'm a Cherry Coke kind of girl, and it's usually what I have on hand when I get a hankering for baking and devouring this chocolate cake.

Did you know you could make cake with soda? Here are the ingredients.

Did you know you could make cake with soda? Here are the ingredients.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

40 min

1 hour

12 to 15 slices (depending on cake pan size)

Ingredients for Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup Cherry Coke
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
Don't forget to sift your dry ingredients.

Don't forget to sift your dry ingredients.

There's something so satisfying about folding the mini marshmallows into this cake batter!

There's something so satisfying about folding the mini marshmallows into this cake batter!

Instructions for Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour and sugar. Fold marshmallows in.
  3. In a saucepan, mix the butter, oil, cocoa, and Cherry Coke. Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients. Stir well.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla to the batter and mix well.
  5. Completely dissolve baking soda in buttermilk. Add to batter and mix well.
  6. Pour into a well-greased cake pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and frost immediately. See below for frosting ingredients and steps.

Ingredients for Frosting

  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons Cherry Coke
  • 16 ounces confectioner's sugar

Instructions for Frosting

  1. In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and Cherry Coke. Bring to a boil.
  2. Pour over powdered sugar. Blend well.
  3. Add vanilla and mix again.
  4. Pour or spread over hot Coke cake.
  5. Slice and serve the cake when cooled.

Tips for Making a Great Cola Cake

  • While I haven't used diet soda in this recipe before, other sites and message boards advise against it. Those who have tried it say it adversely affects the cake's flavor. if you make this cake with diet soda and it comes out great, let me know. I'd love to hear from you!
  • You'll notice my marshmallows didn't melt very much in step three. I tend to work a little slower when I'm photographing the food and steps. Your marshmallows may melt more than mine did. If not, you can see in the pictures that they melt just fine in the oven.
  • It's important to add the eggs after you have thoroughly combined your hot and dry ingredients. You don't want to accidentally cook your eggs from the heat.

© 2013 Heather