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
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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 equals 491 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 346 mg sodium, 78 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g 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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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!"

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!"

Reviewed May. 26, 2016

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

Reviewed May. 26, 2016

"I have not had one of these in years... Can anyone give some hints as to how to cut down the sugar... This has 78 carbs ( sugars are hidden in this #). I would luv to enjoy a scaled back version. I am only allowed 45-50 carbs per meal. With the way this is made it is a whole meal!"

Reviewed May. 21, 2016

"great cake but the icing/glaze runny so i will just have use a different icing on the cake next time or only use about a 1/4 of coke in it or something"

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