Our life has been pretty busy of late, so our dinners are a bit lackluster. Grilled chicken, tacos, spaghetti, chicken again… So the other night I wanted to bake a cake to go with our boring-ol’-chicken.  I randomly had 2 cans of Coke in the fridge that no one would drink and I had an idea!  I grabbed an old church cookbook from the 80s and found the perfect recipe.


I remember Coca Cola cake from my childhood, but I don’t think I’ve heard of anyone baking one since the 80s.  After we ate the cake, I don’t know why it ever went out of fashion. I’m bringing it back! But we can’t call it Coke Cake, that’s probably something different altogether…


Coca Cola Cake


2 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup Coca-Cola Classic

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

¼ cup  cocoa

1 ½ cups small marshmallows

½ cups buttermilk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and baking soda (this is in place of old school sifting).


In a saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa and Coca Cola to a boil.  Remove from heat, add marshmallows and stir until marshmallows are melted.  Stir in the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.  Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.


Pour into a well-greased 9- by-13-inch pan and bake 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and pour on frosting immediately.


For Frosting:


1/2 cup butter (one stick)

3 tablespoons cocoa

6 tablespoons Coca-Cola

1 box (16-ounces) confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine the 1/2 cup butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa and 6 tablespoons of Coca Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir frequently.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Pour over confectioners’ sugar, and whisk until smooth.  Pour over hot cake.   I like to poke a few holes in the cake before adding the frosting to let the frosting seep into the cake, but that’s an optional step.



Coca Cola Cake