Cherry Cola Cake Recipe
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Cherry Cola Cake Recipe

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Cherry cola and marshmallows make a zippy chocolate dessert that is scrumptious topped with vanilla ice cream. — Cheri Mason, Harmony, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup cherry-flavored cola
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 2 tablespoons frozen cherry-pomegranate juice concentrate, thawed
  • Fresh sweet cherries with stems

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 587 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. Divide marshmallows between pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar and baking soda. In a small saucepan, combine butter, cola and cocoa; bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, whisking constantly. Pour into prepared pans, dividing batter evenly. (Marshmallows will float to the top.)
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  5. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme and juice concentrate on low speed just until blended.
  6. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread top with 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer; spread with remaining frosting. Decorate with cherries. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: To frost sides as well as top of cake, double amounts for frosting.
Originally published as Cherry Cola Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2013

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hairdos5 User ID: 8849226 247747
Reviewed May. 1, 2016

"the cake recipe was good,except I reduced the sugar to 1 !/2 c. and can do without the marshmellows.took only my oven.i will not use this frosting recipe again,i will use only1/4 c. butterthe jar jiffyfluff,2c.powdered sugar and I was unable to find the cherry concentrate as well so ,usually cherrylimeade is readily available in concentrate which I would use in its place."

tanyadouglas User ID: 2229852 230071
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"I have made this cake over and over and love it every time! I personally don't see a need for the marshmallows and just omit that step. I never have had an issue with the frosting being too thin and it's my favorite part of the cake...definitely delish! I'm making this for hubby's bday tomorrow. He requested chocolate frosting so I'll be tweaking the original recipe. Looking forward to enjoying this cake again!"

BasketMimi User ID: 8416673 227964
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"My cousin made this cake for our Family Reunion yesterday and everyone wanted the recipe. Was so happy when she gave me the information so I could print it today. The cake was so good & very moist. She did say she was unable to find the cherry pomegranate juice concentrate. I noticed others were also unable to locate that item. Any suggestions on substitutions? She also said to be sure and grease everything well as the cake is sticky. Can't wait to make one to share."

hadiya8897 User ID: 8266461 220974
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"My family really enjoyed this cake, but like the other reviews it wasn't that flavorful. I never found the cherry pomegranate frozen drink so I used the leftover cherry coke, using a little at a time to add flavor to the frosting. I wasn't that impressed with the mini marshmallows either."

LeSwan85 User ID: 6906480 120856
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"Not worth the effort. Cola flavor doesn't come through. I have no idea what the marshmallows are for since we couldn't taste them. The cake was so sticky and dense it wouldn't come out of the pan (which I definitely greased). Taste is okay but not worth it for the amount of work involved."

Darellano0321 User ID: 7276723 186790
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"Simply delish. Super moist. I will make again."

DebHoldridge User ID: 1626366 125545
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"One of my all-time favorite recipes from this site! The cake is moist and delicious and I've never had anyone tell me they do not like it."

azjulie00 User ID: 7666696 136046
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Tasteless! I made cupcakes and they turned out light, fluffy, and looked delicious, but absolutely no flavor. Why it has 4 stars, I will never know. Because the cupcakes didn't bake as long as the cake, my marshmallows didn't turn crispy on top as some of the other reviewers complained about. Wouldn't make again. Have been waiting a year to make this for Valentine's Day, what a joke!"

supastepharoni User ID: 7356926 151407
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"I really liked this cake both room temperature and cold. It was so moist and really kept well. I had an issue with the icing in that it was too runny. So to make it a little better, I stuck it in the fridge for a long time to make it thicker. It worked a little bit but I need to thicken it up with powdered sugar. Otherwise though, it was very good."

veggiemama User ID: 4640590 196811
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I don't like cherry cola - at all - but this was delicious!"

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