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.
Originally published as CokeCola Cake in Taste of Home September/October 2014, p78

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Rogerswifey4ever 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."

mkaskela 249415
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016

"A little gooey for a cake, but good flavors overall. Very sweet."

Karen5360 249314
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"Very moist & delicious! I did add baking powder to the all-purpose flour. I have tried to bake a cake with just the baking soda added to all-purpose & it just doesn't turn out right. I also had to bake it for 55 min. instead of 25-30 min. Loved the recipe otherwise. I only added 4 oz. of coke to the glaze & the glaze turned out perfect! Butter & confectioner's sugar makes a good icing for cakes, so I felt that 12 oz. of coke would be too much. It was just the right consistency. All in all, a very good recipe & easy to make. Will make this again."

gina.kapfhamer 249246
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2016

"This looks great - may try to make it with Diet Coke. Will let y'all know how it turns out!"

cindiak 249227
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2016

"My grandma used to make this cake years ago, and I still remember it as being one of the best chocolate cake's I ever had. It's a classic!"

sweetpeamrsc 248943
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2016

"We really enjoyed this cake! I used cherry coke as this is what i had on hand and it was such a nice flavor. I only used 2 cups of sifted powdered sugar for the glaze as I tasted as I added and I felt 2 cups was plenty. I felt 4 cups would have been way too sweet for us. Ok, I made that change and the glaze/frosting was watery. I poured it on anyway and then poured a lot off. It still tasted delicious and we loved it!"

sgnurse 248868
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"I made this yesterday for my son's birthday and oh my gosh. It is out of this world delicious. I measured 7 oz of coke needed for the glaze and had no problems. Thank you Heidi for this wonderful recipe."

camulvaney 248713
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"Amazing and perfect. Followed recipe exactly. Measured coke for glaze after reduction so it was just 1/2 cup. Glaze was not runny. Recipe brings back childhood memories!"

mandystricklandcarpenter 248711
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"This brings back so many memories for me, since my Mommaw made it for my birthday every year when I was a kid! I still have to ask for her Southern-cook (a little of this and a little of that) recipe for the frosting, but the cake itself turned out exactly as I remembered!"

gasgirl69 248676
Reviewed May. 26, 2016

"Aweful.The glaze was runny.Followed the recipe to a Tee and it ended up in the trash"

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