Coca Cola Cake

My mom served this Coca Cola Cake last week when I was visiting and I had to get the recipe. The idea of using soda pop instead of water to make cake just struck my fancy. The cake was rich, dark, and moist. Because it uses a boxed cake mix and a box pudding mix, it goes together quickly if you’re in a hurry.

My disclaimer: I don’t like cake mixes, I don’t like foods that come in boxes and have 3-inch-long ingredient lists. I MUCH prefer my baked goods to be from scratch. And I’m not a soda pop drinker. BUT. Every once in awhile I run across a recipe that appeals to me (like this Triple Chocolate Crock Pot cake) and the recipe goes into my archives in spite of containing boxed mixes or other less-preferred ingredients. This Coca Cola Cake falls into this category of fun, easy recipes. chocolate coca cola cake

Coca Cola Cake

  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix (or any other dark chocolate mix)
  • 1 small box (3-4 oz.) instant chocolate pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 10 oz. Coca-Cola (must NOT be diet Cola)
Combine cake mix and pudding mix. Blend in the eggs, oil and cola. Pour cake batter into a greased 9×13 inche cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°. The cake is done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Let the cake cool for ten minutes or so before turning it out onto a cookie sheet.
Optional: Cut cake horizontally into two equal layers. Put the bottom layer on large cookie sheet. Spread frosting between the layers and then frost the entire cake with remaining icing. We did NOT do this. The cake was moist enough that it didn’t need the layering with frosting.
Coca Cola Frosting
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 16 oz.  powdered sugar
  • 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 2 oz. (1/8 c.) Coca-Cola
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
Beat butter on low speed with a hand mixer. Gradually add powdered sugar. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. This frosting really is best served cold.
chocolate coca cola cake
One of the things about this recipe that caught my eye was the vast scope for creativity. I have, sitting on my pantry shelf, a butterscotch cake mix, butterscotch pudding mix, and a bottle of rootbeer, just waiting for their shot at making a cake. I’ve been contemplating all the different flavors of soda pop at the grocery store as well as the different flavors of cake mixes. I loved the chocolate cake, but I do wonder how orange soda would do with a white cake mix. Or Lemon Lime soda with a lemon cake and lemon pudding. There are some interesting combinations that I’m going to try the next time I need to bring a cake to a potluck!


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12 thoughts on “Coca Cola Cake

  1. In my opinion the frosting was the best part. If you didn’t put it in the middle, what happened to it??? Inquiring minds want to know! Tell us how the butterscotch turns out, the other variations sounded promising as well.

    • I think the frosting was just enough for the cake without that extra layer in the middle. Mom used it all up. I’ll let you know how the others turn out!

  2. I guess I’ll have to believe you… just want to make sure I got my fair share of frosting don’cha know.

  3. For the vanilla is that teaspoon or tablespoon?? please email me back an let me know thank you

  4. Curious to know if you’ve had the opportunity to try Lemon/Lemon-Lime yet? Hubby’s 40th is coming-up soon and I like making home made cakes for family.

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