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Super Chocolatey Coca Cola Cake

Super Chocolatey Coca Cola Cake

In the South, there are many things that fall under the “It’s a Southern Thang, ya’ll” category. Coca Cola cake is DEFINITELY in that category. However, even if you are not Southern, I totally think you should try it. It is ooey-gooey chocolatey goodness and super easy because it is baked and served from a 11X13 pan.

I made this for Evan’s “real” birthday (as opposed to his birthday party) because I was tired of making cupcakes. You can expect a moist chocolate cake with a glossy, sweet chocolate and pecan icing. The entire family loved it and Evan made “mmm…mmmm….mmmm” sounds the whole time he ate it.

I can see this being a requested dessert quite often in my future. The other great thing about this cake? Most of the ingredients are already in your cupboards so it doesn’t require a trip to the store. The method used to make this cake is a bit unorthodox but stick with me and you will not be disappointed.

Coca Cola Cake

Southern Coca Cola Cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Coca Cola, not diet
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulate sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, or sour milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp cocoa
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 3/4 cups confectioners, powdered sugar
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Cake Instructions:

Pan prepared for coca cola cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 11 X 13 pan.

Coca Cola cake ingredients

In a medium saucepan, combine Coke, oil, butter and cocoa and bring it to a boil.

Pouring ingredients into a mixing bowl

In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Pour Coke mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.

Coca Cola Cake batter in a mixing bowl

Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla and mix well.

Coca Cola cake batter spread in a pan

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Frosting Instructions:

Frosting ingredients in a saucepan

In a medium saucepan, combine butter, cocoa and milk. Heat until butter melts and mix well.

Frosting ingredients in a coppoer bowl.

Here you have two options: Add vanilla, confectioners sugar and mix well in the pan. This will give you a pourable, fudgy frosting. Or you can put the vanilla and sugar in a bowl and add the contents of the pan to that and stir. This will leave you with a spreadable, fluffier frosting. Both are delicious and work.

Fold in pecan pieces.

Spreading frosting on the coca cola cake.

Spread on cake while still warm.

Bite of coca cola cake on a spoon.
Enjoy! This is what the cake looks like with the fluffier frosting.
Super Chocolatey Coca Cola Cake
This is what it looks like if you put the powdered sugar IN the pan and mix. It is more pourable and fudgy.
Coca Cola Cake

Super Chocolatey Coca Cola Cake

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A delicious cake made in a bit of a weird way. Plan to serve this in the cake pan as you can't really turn it out for a traditional cake.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup Coca Cola, not diet
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 cups granulate sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, or sour milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp cocoa
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 3/4 cups confectioners, powdered sugar
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 11 X 13 pan.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine Coke, oil, butter and cocoa and bring it to a boil.
  4. In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt.
  5. Pour Coke mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.
  6. Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla and mix well.
  7. Pour in to prepared pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Frosting

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, cocoa and milk.
  2. Heat until butter melts and mix well.
  3. Add vanilla, confectioners sugar and mix well.
  4. Fold in pecan pieces.
  5. Spread on cake while still warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491Saturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 272mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 1gSugar: 54gProtein: 3g

This is a very Southern recipe…what is your favourite recipe from the region you are from?

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gina

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

just made this cake for a potluck and asked colleagues to guess the mystery ingredient hehehe! I think I might have overbaked it a little bit (I forgot about it and baked for 40 min :()..but still delish I hope!

Jenny

Saturday 2nd of September 2017

To say this cake is delicious is an understatement. Chilled in the fridge the frosting was like fudge, sooo good. I used a 9" x 13" glass and it worked out perfect.

Deborah

Monday 19th of June 2017

Hi Merry, Recently went ona diet to lose 30 pounds. I've already gained the 5 back thinking about making the Coke Cake. Guess there's always another day to-start over on the diet. ( unless there is really such a thing as "death by chocolate") Please Keep up the good work. Don't get discouraged when ppl find fault. Life is too short to let fault finders do their deeds. More chocolate -chocolate recipes, please!

Merry Kuchle

Monday 19th of June 2017

Thanks Deborah! This cake is worth the 5 pounds. :)

Lynn

Saturday 3rd of September 2016

Can this be made in a bunt pan? It looks sooo good. I realize the cooking time would be increased.

Debra Martinez

Sunday 4th of February 2018

Can I use shortening instead of butter

Merry Kuchle

Saturday 3rd of September 2016

You don't turn the cake out. You serve it in the pan so I don't think a bundt pan would work. It would fall apart.

Viv Sluys

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

Mmm, just had a few bites...so good but it's almost time for us to go to bed so I hope it's just as good tomorrow as it is warm and fresh.

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

It will be! Enjoy.

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