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Cherry Coca-Cola Cake Recipe


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

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 you can 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.

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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 boil and pour over dry ingredients. Stir well.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla to 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 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 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.

Heather Says

This Coca-Cola Cake recipe is one of my favorite cake recipes. If you're looking for cake ideas and not just another chocolate cake recipe, you should give this one a try.

I like to serve (and eat) a slice with a dusting of powdered sugar and a pretty maraschino cherry on top. This cake also tastes great with a tasty dollop of whipped cream or a frosty scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

© 2013 Heather


Linda Pogue from Missouri on October 31, 2014:

I think I have had this a long time ago, but I didn't have the recipe. Now I do. Thanks!

Heather (author) from Arizona on October 13, 2013:

@purl3agony-- I've heard of it! I have a good friend originally from SC. I drove through the Carolinas once but need to make it back for fun stuff and good food :)

Donna Herron from USA on October 12, 2013:

Heather - the restaurant is called Jestine's Kitchen (http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/61/660536/restaurant/P... It's kind of a landmark in Charleston (though we didn't know it at the time). The place features traditional Southern recipes with a twist. You'd probably love it :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on October 12, 2013:

@purl3agony-- That sounds great. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm curious-- did you get it at a mom and pop restaurant or a popular chain? You'll have to come back and let me know how it turns out :)

Donna Herron from USA on October 12, 2013:

Hi Heather - I've had Coca Cola cake at a restaurant in Charleston, but have never had it using Cheery Coke. My husband's birthday is coming up and I think I will try this recipe for his cake! Thanks for sharing :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 23, 2013:

@stricktlydating-- it's quite yummy! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on September 23, 2013:

Wow! How cool I love it just for it's name but it looks like it would be a yummy cake too!

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

@bestentryDSLR-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I love new recipes for my husband and family also :)

@randomcreative-- Thanks for stopping by and the kind words, as always :)

@Jeannieinabottle-- Thanks for stopping by and all of the kind words :)

@DanaTeresa-- Thanks for reading and commenting :) The frosting is actually my favorite part. It tastes a bit like fudge. Good to hear from you :)

@shanmarie-- Haha, thanks! I'm glad you stopped by :)

@skye2day-- Your comment totally makes my day! I can't wait to hear how it went and I'd love to see some pictures! Looking forward to it :) Thanks for stopping by and the kind words :)

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on September 11, 2013:

Heather, Sweet girl thank you for posting this lovely recipe. The pictures are divine. Yummy. This cake looks so moist. I am hosting my daughters birthday party tomorrow night. Guess what cake I am making? You got it girl, Coca Cola Cake! There was no mistake I was led to your page via featured hubs. I am sure it will be super delicious and a great topic! Voted and shared.

I book marked so I can return and post the great results. Love, Skye

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 11, 2013:

Oh, all I can say is mmmmm.

Dana Strang from Ohio on September 11, 2013:

THIS LOOKS SO YUMMY! I have seen cake made with soda, but never frosting. Chocolate and Cherries are such an awesome combination! Very nice job presenting too. Photos always help with recipes like this.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on September 11, 2013:

This sounds so delicious and I love the layout of your hub. You presented this in a way that makes the cake look so beautiful... great photos and lots of information. Voted up and useful!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 05, 2013:

It's fun how many different soda cake recipes are out there! I never would have thought to use cherry cola, but I'm sure that it works well. Thanks for the great recipe.

bestentryDSLR on September 05, 2013:

This looks like an amazing recipe. I love having new recipes for my husband. Voted up!

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