Classic Southern Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake: 3 Recipes


Originally from northern Louisiana, I now live in the southern part. I have many great country, Cajun, and New Orleans recipes to share.

Moist and yummy Coca-Cola chocolate cake

Moist and yummy Coca-Cola chocolate cake

Best Chocolate Cake Ever?

This sinfully rich chocolate concoction of the 1960s was a favorite during my teenage years and was a standard at parties during that time. There are several easy recipes for this moist, delicious sheet cake, and I have gathered several of them here. I hope you enjoy baking the recipes and eating this delicious blast from the past.

I've also added some of my favorite 1960s songs and some Coca-Cola cookbooks, too. So even if you don't bake, enjoy this trip down memory lane. What were you doing in 1969, besides eating Coca Cola chocolate cake?

Cola Cake in 1969

Let's go back to 1969, a time of experimentation in music, food, science, and more. Peace, love, and rock and roll were the themes of the decade and it all culminated in 1969 with Woodstock. The Age of Aquarius was the best record of the year and while it was playing, in between wild gyrations and snuggling slow dances, teenagers stuffed their faces with the mouthwatering treat, Coca-Cola cake.

Coca-Cola was king and slogans like: "Things Go Better With Coke" and "It's the Real Thing" became part of the culture of the times. The Coca-Cola cake was born out of this opulent time, when more was better. Chocolate cake is good, but making it richer and more moist by adding Coca-Cola is much better. Hey man, you don't even have to take it out of the cake pan. All you have to do is pour the gooey icing on top of the warm cake while it is still in the pan. Delicious and easy to make, too. Yes, this version is much, much better.

Here are some of the recipes for this delectable treat that is still enjoyed today. Some people say that it is the best chocolate cake ever.

Age of Aquarius: Fifth Dimension

Get in the mood and listen to the music while you decide which recipe to use.

Recipe 1: Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake

This recipe comes from the Coca-Cola Company itself.

Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 45 min Ready in: 1 hour Yields: 20-25 servings


For the cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
  • 1 (16 ounces) box confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift sugar and flour. Add marsh-mallows. In a saucepan, mix butter, oil cocoa, and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9-by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and frost immediately.
  2. To make the frosting, combine butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and pour over confectioners' sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract and pecans. Spread over hot cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve.

Coca-Cola Cake With Marshmallows

Recipe 2: All-Butter Coca Cola Cake

This recipe comes from cooks.com. It contains all butter—there's no oil or margarine in this one.


For the cake:

  • 2 c. unsifted flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 c. Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows

For the icing:

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa
  • 6 tbsp. Coca-Cola
  • 1 box confectioners' sugar
  • 1 c. chopped nuts


  1. Sift flour and sugar into a bowl.
  2. Heat butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola to boiling point. Pour over flour and sugar mixture.
  3. Add buttermilk, soda, eggs, vanilla and marshmallows; mix. Batter will be thin and marshmallows will float to top.
  4. Pour batter into oiled floured oblong pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Ice cake while hot.

Back in the day, we made this gooey cake without marshmallows. The video (except for the nuts) and recipe below is similar to the one we used.

Recipe 3: No-Marshmallow Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake

This recipe also comes from cooks.com. It contains no marshmallows and calls for less cocoa.


For the cake:

  • 2 c. unsifted cake flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 c. Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

For the icing:

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 6 tbsp. Coca-Cola
  • 1 box confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa


  1. Sift together the flour and sugar.
  2. Heat to boiling point the butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola.
  3. Add to the flour and sugar mixture. Stir to blend.
  4. Add buttermilk, soda, eggs, salt and vanilla. Stir with a spoon until well blended.
  5. Pour into a greased and floured oblong pan (Pyrex dish).
  6. Make the icing: Heat to boiling point the butter, cocoa, and Cola-Cola. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; stir to blend.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  8. Using a fork, make holes in the hot cake and pour the hot icing over it.

The video recipe below is in metric measurements.

Coca-Cola Cake Video

Grammy Winners of 1969

Do you remember these? Some of these songs and artists bring back memories of holiday dances in the American Legion Hall and proms in the High School Gymnasium.

  • Record of the Year - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In; 5th Dimension
  • Album of the Year - Blood, Sweat and Tears; Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • Song of the Year - Games People Play; Joe South - songwriter
  • Best New Artist of 1969 - Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • Best Contemporary Song - Games People Play; Joe South - songwriter
  • Best Contemporary Vocal Performance - Male - Everybody's Talkin'; Harry Nilsson
  • Best Contemporary Vocal Performance - Female - Is That All There Is; Peggy Lee
  • Best Contemporary Vocal Performance By a Group - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In; 5th Dimension
  • Best Contemporary Performance By a Chorus - Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet; Percy Faith Orchestra and Chorus
  • Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance - Variations on a Theme by Eric Satie; Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • Best Rhythm and Blues Song - Color Him Father; Richard Spencer - songwriter
  • Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance - Male - The Chokin' Kind; Joe Simon
  • Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance - Female - Share Your Love With Me; Aretha Franklin
  • Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo - It's Your Thing; Isley Brothers
  • Best Country Song - A Boy Named Sue; Shel Silverstein - songwriter
  • Best Country Vocal Performance - Male - A Boy Named Sue; Johnny Cash
  • Best Country Vocal Performance - Female - Stand by Your Man; Tammy Wynette
  • Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group - MacArthur Park; Waylon Jennings and the Kimberlys
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement - Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet; Henry Mancini - arranger
  • Best Instrumental Theme - Midnight Cowboy; John Barry - composer
  • Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album - Promises, Promises Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis - composers
  • Best Original Score Written for Motion Picture or Television - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Burt Bacharach - composer
  • Album of the Year - Classical - Switched-On Bach; Walter Carlos
  • Best Album Cover - America the Beautiful; Kelbish-painting, Stahlberg-graphics

Now THIS is a Commercial for Coke!

Top 20 Songs of 1969

We danced many times to these. Many were considered a little wild and over-the-top at the time!

  1. SUGAR SUGAR by the Archies
  2. AQUARIUS c/w LET THE SUNSHINE IN by the Fifth Dimension
  3. I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU by the Temptations
  4. HONKY TONK WOMEN by the Rolling Stones
  5. EVERYDAY PEOPLE by Sly & The Family Stone
  6. DIZZY by Tommy Roe
  7. HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME by Sly & The Family Stone
  9. BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP by Foundations
  10. CRIMSON AND CLOVER by Tommy James & The Shondells
  11. ONE by Three Dog Night
  12. CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION by Tommy James & The Shondells
  13. HAIR by Cowsills
  15. LOVE THEME FROM "ROMEO AND JULIET" by Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
  16. 16. GET TOGETHER by Youngbloods
  17. GRAZIN' IN THE GRASS by Friends of Distinction
  18. SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Elvis Presley
  19. PROUD MARY by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  20. WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) by Jnr. Walker & The All Stars

© 2008 Yvonne L B

Things would go better if you to left a note.

LouisaDembul on March 27, 2014:

I had never heard of coke in cake before, must try it! Actually sounds like a good combination.

justDawn1 on March 18, 2012:

Coca-Cola & Chocolate! Two of my favorite things! Can't wait to try this!

anaamhussain on August 16, 2011:

I use the same recipe but i use coffee instead of pepsi..This is the first time I have heard about pepsi in a cake.Sounds exciting, the next time I am using pepsi.Let's see the difference in taste. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

anonymous on July 22, 2011:

such a fun lens. hmmm... coka-cola cake? very interesting

Padaneis on June 07, 2011:

Very interesting. I didn't know about that. Going to try to cook it asap...Bests.

bidzinger on April 25, 2011:

Wonderful lens! Thank you for adding my lens to your featured lenses! I have added this one to mine! Have a great day!

anonymous on February 05, 2011:

Great lens! I love Coca-Cola Cake, and I loved all the Coke and 60s memories too. I've made Coca-Cola Cake for years--It's the best chocolate cake in the world!

photofk3 on January 19, 2011:

I love coca-cola chocolate cakes. Nice lens, keep it up.

jasminesphotogr on November 09, 2010:

I've never heard of this before. very interesting!

catbehaviors on November 07, 2010:

I had this for New Years, and it was delicious!

Tonie Cook from USA on October 03, 2010:

Retro recipes don't get much better than this.

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on September 16, 2010:

It's strange. I am not a big cola drinker, but I do love Coca Cola vintage things. Maybe because we had some of those Coke trays when I was a child. The cake sounds good. I love how you made this a walk down memory lane as much as a recipe lens.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 15, 2010:

I know it is hard to believe, but I don't believe I have ever tried Coca-Cola chocolate cake. This is one I need to add to my "must make" list. It sounds wonderful!

TriviaChamp on September 12, 2010:

I am going to give the chocolate cake recipe a try. Sounds yummy.

missbat on September 12, 2010:

I haven't had a Coca-Cola chocolate cake for ever and a day! I think it's time to make one. Thanks for the yummy-sounding recipes!

Edit Photos from Earth on September 11, 2010:

My wife loves Diet Coke - but it seems like that would be silly for this recipe.

anonymous on September 08, 2010:

Thanks for this great lens! amazing info

anonymous on September 08, 2010:

You always have such fabulous and interesting lenses! I definitely want to try this one! - Kathy

KimGiancaterino on May 12, 2010:

Thanks for featuring my Altamont lens ... I've got this lensrolled and am inspired to weave some additional 1969 lore into my lens.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on April 28, 2010:

This flower child was a member of the class of 1969 and loves Coca-cola, chocolate and all things from the sixties! Must make the version from the video!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on April 27, 2010:

That was inspired, having the music for the era to play while I browsed the recipes and memoraabilia.

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on April 27, 2010:

I've never heard of Coca Cola cake before, but I'd love to try it.

And thank you for including my own 1969 lens here. Lensrolling this to mine.

nebby from USA on April 27, 2010:

Gosh, I remember making this cake many, many years ago but lost the recipe. So glad to see that you have several version including the original. I guess it's time to pull out the baking pan and get baking. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on November 15, 2009:

Thanks, Linda. It is a rich, moist, delicious chocolate cake that's great for parties or holiday celebrations.

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 29, 2009:

Honestly, I don't think I've ever had anything like this - but anything with chocolate, I love. 5* / Angel Blessed

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on May 09, 2009:

Lots of fun perusing your lens. I've never had it (would love to try some) and never even heard of it before....but I do remember everything on those Grammy and Top Twenty lists. Thanks for that trip down Memory Lane! Lensrolling this one to my Laftovers food lens.

Sniff It Out on January 13, 2009:

Its something I have never tried but you have a great lens! Welcome to The Cooks Cafe group.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on January 01, 2009:

Never had this, but it sounds great. Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on December 16, 2008:

[in reply to Margo_Arrowsmith] I've never tried it with Coke Zero and I'm not sure if it would work. I'm featuring your Mother's Chocolate Mayo cake here.

MargoPArrowsmith on December 11, 2008:

Someone told me about this when I did my Mother's Chocolate Mayo cake lens! I am going to feature this there, I have been looking for it. ! ***** Have you tried it with Coke Zero?

julieannbrady on December 03, 2008:

You know, this is a new one on me -- hadn't heard of this recipe before, but I'll bet it tastes yummy. Idea for a HMB -- 7-up cake vs. Coca-Cola cake!!

Rock_The_Ice on November 30, 2008:

I'd never heard of Coca Cola chocolate cake before now but I know what I'm baking tomorrow! 5* =D

N376 on November 30, 2008:

Excellent. I'm emailing this lens to a friend RIGHT NOW :)

poderico on November 25, 2008:

I hope you like this calendar as we like coca cola :-)




Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on November 21, 2008:

This recipe does sound good! I must have a sweet tooth still because this looks tasty right now.

KimGiancaterino on November 17, 2008:

You did a beautiful job on this lens! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

squidom on November 16, 2008:

Yay! Thanks so much for this recette! My kids love all things Coca-Cola! I'll definitely try this recipe out!


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