CokeCola Cake Recipe
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CokeCola Cake Recipe

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We live in Coca-Cola country, where everyone loves a chocolatey, moist sheet cake made with the iconic soft drink. Our rich version does the tradition proud. —Heidi Jobe, Carrollton, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (12 ounces) cola
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 can (12 ounces) cola
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 491 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 78g carbohydrate (63g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the first five ingredients. In a small saucepan, combine cola, butter 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.
  4. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. About 15 minutes before cake is done, prepare glaze. In a small saucepan, bring cola to a boil; cook 12-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in butter and cocoa until butter is melted; remove from heat. Add confectioner's sugar; stir until smooth. Pour immediately over hot cake. Yield: 15 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Try using root beer, Dr Pepper or cherry cola.
  • Sifting the confectioners' sugar helps keep the frosting smooth and lump-free.
  • Originally published as CokeCola Cake in Taste of Home September/October 2014, p78

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    Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 267437
    Reviewed May. 29, 2017 Edited May. 30, 2017

    "made this today because: it's a holiday

    "Happy Memorial Day"
    (and to all who served this greatest country on God's green earth) THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
    ...and the decision has been made:
    AWFUL and this exact recipe is all over the web on many sites.
    I'm sorry to the poster for my coming across as rude with my comments.
    The texture is simply (to us anyway) allll wrong/off/mushy and seemingly unbaked.
    making the glaze everything seemed wrong.
    FYI-and just my opinion: don't waste your ingredients
    I adore butter, just wasted way too much-my husband adores his coca-cola, I just wasted that. plus all other ingredients as well. ;-("

    kelliemurray User ID: 6730771 267364
    Reviewed May. 26, 2017

    "My mom made Coca-Cola cake when I was a kid but I haven't had it in probably 20-25 years. I have never heard it called CokeCola cake, just Coca-Cola cake. I seriously need to make this cake so I can stuff my face with it LOL."

    paflaglady User ID: 4464011 267363
    Reviewed May. 26, 2017

    "easy to make and great flavor! People shouldn't rate a recipe that they haven't made and please learn to follow directions. The cake turned out very moist and the glaze went on smooth and set up nicely."

    raven User ID: 9119296 267361
    Reviewed May. 26, 2017

    "I have not made this cake but it sounds so much like the Texas Sheet cake I raised my 3 hungry boys on years ago But I am a diabetic now and do not eat cake anymore but as I read your recipe, I swear I could taste it. LOL.. Dr. Pepper would be good I bet, that might give it a cherry coke flavor. yummm"

    Ellen User ID: 9145585 264788
    Reviewed Apr. 17, 2017

    "Many years ago a friend got this recipe from someone and she made this and brought this to work, I loved it but she would not divulge the recipe when asked many times and since then I have been looking for a long time, THANK YOU you made my day. P.S. I love this cake ."

    KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 264385
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2017

    "Very sweet and moist. It didn't taste like cola, but was good. Big hit with the kids!"

    adrow24 User ID: 8180831 264252
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2017

    "This cake is good.The people saying the glaze is runny,are you not reading that the 12 oz of Coke needs to be boiled to a reduction of 1/2 cup?"

    doober652 User ID: 6794303 264237
    Reviewed Apr. 2, 2017

    "I made this cake and followed the recipe except I substituted coke for cherry coke it was GREAT!! Warning it will give you a sugar high."

    GrannyLady649 User ID: 7757228 259890
    Reviewed Jan. 18, 2017

    "Followed recipe exactly and it is really dense. I have made coca cola cake before with a different recipe and it was not like this."

    Rogerswifey4ever User ID: 8925616 253636
    Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

    "Made this yesterday as a birthday cake for a family friend who is a die hard coke fan. I gave it to him today on his birthday(9-3-16) and he couldnt stop oohhhing and aahhing about it and said it has a strong coke flavor to it. This cake was a huge success and will be made again."

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