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Cherry Cola Cake Recipe

Cherry Cola Cake Recipe

Cherry cola and marshmallows make a zippy chocolate dessert that is scrumptious topped with vanilla ice cream. — Cheri Mason, Harmony, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 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.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: To frost sides as well as top of cake, double amounts for frosting.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 587 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 335mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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hairdos5 User ID: 8849226 247747
Reviewed May. 1, 2016

"the cake recipe was good,except I reduced the sugar to 1 !/2 c. and can do without the marshmellows.took only 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."

tanyadouglas User ID: 2229852 230071
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"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!"

BasketMimi User ID: 8416673 227964
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2015

"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."

hadiya8897 User ID: 8266461 220974
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"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."

LeSwan85 User ID: 6906480 120856
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"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."

Darellano0321 User ID: 7276723 186790
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"Simply delish. Super moist. I will make again."

DebHoldridge User ID: 1626366 125545
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"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."

azjulie00 User ID: 7666696 136046
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"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!"

supastepharoni User ID: 7356926 151407
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"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."

veggiemama User ID: 4640590 196811
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I don't like cherry cola - at all - but this was delicious!"

recipecooker User ID: 7340773 120855
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"I made this cake for a work "bake cook-off" and came in 2nd place, a very close first place also. Everyone loved that the cake was moist and light. It didn't look as good as the picture shown, due to really hot temps that day at home. But the taste and goodness was certainly there."

muzzled User ID: 6690618 212933
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"My guests seemed to love it-even asked for recipe. However I thought the cake was very dense.I might try it with chocolate cake mix."

skeller5678 User ID: 1901996 198170
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"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."

eseward User ID: 1554428 196767
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"Very moist, extremely 'tasty'and very, very good! !"

lisarode User ID: 7083017 195770
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"No, I will not make this recipe again. It took 40 -45 mins to bake & batter overflowed onto my cookie sheet I put under cake pans."

missmarley User ID: 7042231 151406
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"Wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 195751
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"The cake was good BUT I didn't like the icing. It tasted great but the icing was too runny in my opinion to ice the cake with. I added some more powder sugar to thicken it up. I too did not like the.crusty top it formed bc of the marshmallows. If you make this stir marshmallows in batter."

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 119593
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"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."

chantelles User ID: 1338017 193471
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"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!"

jessg User ID: 4939513 137382
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"The only thing I changed is the frosting! The cake was delish! however, I thought the frosting was WAY over the top. A simple cream cheese frosting with a hint of almond flav and crème worked very well. Will def make this cake again :)"

TarryStowitts User ID: 3167005 212932
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"I made this last week and our friends loved it. Great also for a bake sale"

selota User ID: 165234 186782
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"This cake was yummy. Even my mom who doesn't like cherry had 2 pieces. Will definitely make again."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 193465
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"A great way to infuse some bright, summer flavors into a traditionally Southern winter dessert."

Cupcake_k9 User ID: 7172020 137381
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"The frosting definitely makes this cake. It is dense( from the marshmallow I am sure) but packed with flavor. The coworkers all loved it"

cocopuffsok User ID: 6836391 196766
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"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."

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