Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Coca-Cola Cake

This cake is precisely as good as you'd expect a cake containing Coca-Cola, marshmallows, cocoa, buttermilk, and two sticks of butter to be . . . which is so good it may actually be EVIL. I know recipes for this have been floating around for ages; I got this one from

  • 2 cups self-rising flour (or 2 cups all-purpose flour + 3 tsp baking powder + 1 tsp salt)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan and set aside. In a large bowl combine flour and sugar. In a saucpan combine the cocoa, Coca-Cola, butter, and marshmallows; bring to a boil. Combine the boiled mixture with the flour and sugar mixture. In a separate bowl mix eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla; add to the first mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until cake tests done. Serves about 16.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
  • 1 pound confectioner's sugar (1 box)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a saucepan, bring butter, cocoa, and Coca-Cola to a boil. Stir in the sugar and mix well. Stir in nuts. Spread over the cake while both cake and frosting are still warm.

* Cheryl's note: I just sprinkled confectioner's sugar and pecans over the finished cake, which looked pretty and tasted just as good.


  1. So my question is... what do you do with the rest of the buttermilk? Sure you can make biscuits, maybe salad dressing, but if you don't drink the stuff, then what?

    The cake sounds like dessert definitely worth eating.

    Bake on!


  2. Try this recipe I made up. It includes Nutella...

  3. Buttermilk can be made without having to purchase it by mixing vinegar with regular milk, right? Or am I making this up?

    In any case, this sounds oddly delicious. I'm going to have to try it sometime.

  4. Alas, I've given up Coke once and for all. However, substituting strong, black coffee for the Coke would make an incredibly rich cake.

    With a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top...

    Gad, can you tell I'm pregnant? :)

  5. Of course you couldn't use this, but FYI Pillsbury is open for bakeoff entries until mid-April.

  6. Thank God you didn't mention Pepsi. But Coke, hey, this is my kind of recipe!


  7. I may have to try the cake recipe. I've already tried the potroast made with Coke, and it was only so-so, but this has chocolate as well, and so I'm sure it's good.

    But why I really stopped by? Did you hear that they're making a movie called Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway as a young Jane Austen? The entire focus of the movie is on a highly fictionalized version of her romance with Tom Lefroy. (Based on the movie summary I read online, it's a pretty far stretch from what can be verified according to the numerous biographies I've been reading as research for my latest WIP.) Knowing you're an Austenite, however, I figured you'd want to know about the movie, evidently due out later this year.

  8. I don't want to scare you, but I believe Coke turns into wood alcohol ("Wood alcohol,
    Methanol is an extremely toxic substance, which can cause fatal damage to the kidneys, as well as blindness. It also causes a disturbance in blood pH which ...") when heated. This was (and is) a problem for the Desert Storm soldiers (and current Georgie's War soldiers.) A bottle of Guiness is a much, much better bet.

  9. fusenumber8 is correct about buttermilk. 1 cup of buttermilk may be made with 1 T of lemon juice or vinegar plus the 1 cup of milk. Let stand for 5 minutes.

    Aunt Carol

  10. I SO gotta try this recipe!

    And Kelly--highly fictionalized or not, I've GOT to see that movie! I majorly heart Jane Austen, and I think Anne Hathaway is a terrific choice for portraying her. :-)