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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 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

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.

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Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"Pretty cake. Took the full 30 minutes to bake. Smells heavenly. I read the other reviews while it was baking. I started to reduce the cola for the glaze while the cake was baking it set up nicely. Since I rarely bake and love coca cola this was a recipe I wanted to try. Thanks!"

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2015

"Coca-Cola cake is the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2015

"I followed the directions to a T, but it was very runny glaze. Let it sit on the stove for 15-20 minutes before you pour it over the cake (it's takes longer than you think for all that powdered sugar to dissolve). The cake will still be warm enough once you're ready to pour it over. My cake is currently floating in glaze and it's disappointing. I should have followed my baking instincts. I tasted the batter and the glaze and both are very sweet. This recipe seems to vary greatly from person to person. The original seems to be lost. I've seen everything from marshmallow added to only a few tablespoons of cocoa."

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2015

"This cake is very much like a Texas sheet cake, which is a staple in my area. It took a little long to make, but it was very good. Reducing the Coke for the glaze took a little longer than I planned for, though it wasn't much longer than it said in the recipe. Keeping an eye on it while it reduced was a little inconvenient, too. That is why I only rated it four stars. In my Texas sheet cake recipe, you just use boiling water so there is no need to reduce. The glaze was not runny, but I did wait several hours before I tried to cut it. It was like super-soft fudge. Perhaps the people who found it too runny did not allow the Coke to reduce enough? The cake is very moist and does not remind me of brownies, but is very cake-like, just more moist than most cakes. It is very rich. As for the cinnamon flavor, I did not put in quite as much cinnamon as called for because I was making it for company and I wasn't sure how they would like it. It still had a noticeable cinnamon taste, but it was not overwhelming. All in all, I liked this very rich and very chocolatey cake very much. However, it was a little more work than my Texas sheet cake recipe, and it tasted about the same, so I will stick with my old recipe."

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2015

"This cake made me think, "why did I ever make a cake from a box?" Super moist and delicious. I'm not a fan of coke, but this was very good cake."

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