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Cola Cake with Strawberries & Cream

We Southerners have been eating cola cake for decades. This easy version has strawberries, too. Chill it in the fridge for a dreamy summer dessert. —Peggy Walpert, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 can (12 ounces) cola
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar and baking soda. In a large saucepan, bring cola to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 1 cup, 7-9 minutes. Stir in butter, oil and cocoa; return to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in marshmallows until melted. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
  • In a small bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, whisking constantly. Transfer to prepared dish. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool completely in baking dish on a wire rack.
  • For topping, in a small bowl, mix sour cream, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. Serve cake with topping and strawberries.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 418 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • amsm
    May 1, 2019

    This is so good! I love the strawberries and cream topping! A keeper!

  • Anne Maria.
    Feb 20, 2018

    I made some Coke cola chocolate cake. About 5.year ago . I have made Coke cake strawberry& cream and root beer cake. I'm a baker and I have a bakery shop in Naperville IL for 9 year. I make chocolate toffee truffle brownie and espresso brownie . I make any thing with chocolate and truffles and espresso pretty keep with new ideal that help me come up with new flavors

  • khegeman
    Oct 2, 2016

    Delicious. Made as is and won't change a thing.

  • Water4Chocolate
    Jul 17, 2016

    I like that there is a lower amount of sugar in the topping rather than the normal 3-4 cups for normal frosting. (There are other places to reduce the calories if one desires--like lo-fat sour cream and lo fat buttermilk,). I liked the flavor enhancement idea of reducing the cola down to 1 cups. And, NO ELECTRIC MIXER!!! This recipe expresses the know-how of a very talented baker. Thank you Peggy Walpert. I'm looking forward to making this!