Cocoa-Cola Cake


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This sweet treat is a family favorite. 

I have the recipe in my folder, torn from an October 1996 Southern Living Magazine.

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour 

2 cups sugarrecipe 

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup coke (Diet soda will not do)

2/3 cup butter or margarine

2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder

2 eggs slightly beaten

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups tiny marshmallows

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coke (no diet)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar and baking soda- set aside.

In medium saucepan bring cola, butter and coca powder to a boil over medium heat.

Slowly add hot mixture to the flour mixture, stir just until combined.

Add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla, stir until combined.

Gently stir in marshmallows.

Pour into grease and floured 13X9X2  baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees, 30 mins,  until wooden toothpick comes out clean.

Immediately pour and spread topping on top of hot cake.

Cool completely, store in fridge for easier cutting.



In medium saucepan bring 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup unsweetened coca powder, and 1/4 cup cola to boil.

Add 2 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix with a whisk until combined.

Stir in 1 cup chopped walnuts if desired.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. JoelF says:

    How does it taste? chocolate cola cake…very interesting, i love chocolates.


    1. Cindy says:

      Joel, this cake is out of this world. Very sweet and rich, a nice change from plain old chocolate cake..not that I don’t like that too!

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      1. JoelF says:

        Thanks for this Cindy, i’ll try this.


  2. i think this is a nice variation of the common choco cake…


    1. Cindy says:

      Just made this for my daughter’s grad party and the kids loved it. If I were to serve it at a buffet, I’d definitely put a sign next to it so folks don’t assume it’s just another a chocolate cake. Honestly, I think the name cocoa-cola cake itself draws interest. The cake can be a little on the dry side- nicely balanced by the gooey icing- but take care not to over-bake. Thanks so much for reading- Have a great day!

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      1. i misread it the first time i took a glance as “coca-cola cake”…thanks!


      2. Cindy says:

        Well coke is for sure the main ingredient that makes it so yummy, sweet and different. You have to use the soda with sugar in it..can’t use diet coke. (never tried Pepsi- we’re a coke family 😜)

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      3. well, coke is stronger in’s an added use and advertisement for Coke

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