Coca-Cola Cake

Coca-Cola Cake

I was first introduced to a Coca-Cola cake in the south at an amazing and award-winning Charleston, SC restaurant called Jestine’s Kitchen. Unfortunately, they don’t have a website (just google them or look them up on yelp), but they’re amazing and you should definitely stop by if you’re in Charleston. Unfortunately, there will probably be a wait and they don’t take reservations, but the line will move pretty quickly.

So, back to Coca-Cola cake. After discovering this amazing cake at Jestine’s Kitchen, I mentioned it to my mom and it turned out, she had the recipe! I was extremely excited and now its become a tradition for me to make Coca-Cola cake for a certain event every September in Boston. Many of our New England friends had never heard of Coca-Cola cake before and are now in love with it. So without further ado, here’s the recipe.

Coca-Cola Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 12-15 servings

Coca-Cola Cake


    For the Cake
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola soft drink
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • For the Icing
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup Coca-Cola soft drink
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


    For the Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine coca-cola and buttermilk
  3. With an electric mixer, beat the butter at low speed until creamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating until blended. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat at low speed until just blended.
  4. Combine the flour, cocoa, and baking soda and add to the butter mix alternating with the coca-cola mix. Beat at low speed until each addition is blended before adding the next.
  5. Stir in marshmallows.
  6. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9x13 inch pan.
  7. Bake at 350 deg Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes, or until done. (It will still look a little jiggly because of the marshmallows.) Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  8. For the Icing
  9. Once you pull the cake from the oven, then start on the icing!
  10. Bring the butter, coca-cola, and unsweetened cocoa to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted. (You really want a BIG saucepan!)
  11. Remove from the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar and vanilla. (This makes a big mess if you don't use a large enough saucepan- 16 oz of powdered sugar is a lot!)
  12. Immediately pour the icing over the coca-cola cake.

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4 Replies to “Coca-Cola Cake”

  1. Hi there. I’m here visiting from the Foodtastically Friday link party ~ you are the link right before me. This cake sounds interesting. I just might give it a try. I’m pinning it so hopefully others will find it and give a try, too. Have a great rest of the week.

  2. Wow, my aunt used to make this all the time when I was a kid but hers never had marshmallows in it! Definitely something worth trying 🙂

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