Cherry Cola Cake Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1 slice: 587 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
Reviews for Cherry Cola Cake
"the cake recipe was good,except I reduced the sugar to 1 !/2 c. and can do without the marshmellows.took only 21min.in 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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Simply delish. Super moist. I will make again."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"I don't like cherry cola - at all - but this was delicious!"
"Had to put it in fridge because the icing was so thin and I didn't want it to all run off the sides. I think it would taste better room temperature. It would probably be a good idea to thicken it up a bit. The icing was very sweet but I really like not using artificial dye."
"Very moist, extremely 'tasty'and very, very good! !"
"Wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be"
"Absolutely love this recipe! I made 32 cupcakes using slightly smaller than standard-size cupcake papers. This was the first time I ever baked a cake with marshmallows in the batter so I was a bit perplexed that I could not do a 'doneness test' by seeing if the center of the cupcake sprung back - but 18 minutes in the oven did the trick.Loved the frosting too! After going to three different grocery stores, I still could not find the juice concentrate the recipe call for. So I added 1/2 tsp. of cherry extract and a bit of pink food coloring instead. Delicious - plus gave me another idea. Maybe I could use this frosting recipe with peppermint extract and a dab of green food coloring on my favorite dark chocolate cupcakes.Can't wait to share my cupcakes at an event this evening. By the way, I topped each with a cherry."
"When I saw this recipe in my latest issue I knew I had to make it for my friend. We both love cherry cola. I tried it today as a sample run and when I licked off the mixer beaters I was sold, I only wished I had doubled up on the recipe! I agree with someone else mixing the marshmallows into the batter might be a better idea but I kinda liked the crispy crunch on the edge. I don't like sweet cherries so I got a jar of maraschino cherries with stems and for my friends cake I am going to dip them in magic shell and decorate the top like that. This cake is a winner! Someone in my house that hates cake only likes ice cream cake told me she would be good for this to be her birthday cake from now on so what does that tell you? Yep that good!"
"I made this last week and our friends loved it. Great also for a bake sale"
"This cake was yummy. Even my mom who doesn't like cherry had 2 pieces. Will definitely make again."
"A great way to infuse some bright, summer flavors into a traditionally Southern winter dessert."
"The frosting definitely makes this cake. It is dense( from the marshmallow I am sure) but packed with flavor. The coworkers all loved it"
"The recipe said to divide the marshmallows unto each pan and then pour the batter, but after its baked the marshmallows form a crispy crust-not good. next time I will MIX the marshmallows into the batter. over all the cake was too rich. The frosting was also to rich. I will not make the frosting again."