Tasty Tuesday: 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. There are some fun possibilities for creative variations that I’ll talk about at the end of this post.

My disclaimer: I don’t much 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 a 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 inch 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!
Of course, if you really run short on time, don’t forget that the best cakes you can buy in the High Country come from Stick Boy Bread Company. Check out the delicious variety of baked goods they sell! (Especially check out their flourless chocolate torte. It’s stunning!)


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  1. Oh, you’ve got me inspired, now! I may just clip the Betty Crocker coupons from now on instead of throwing them away. I hate mixes and never buy soda. But if you tell me to, I’ll try it. 🙂

  2. I need to make this with all my leftover soda since I QUIT drinking it! Woot! Have you ever made Dr. Pepper BBQ Chicken?

  3. I’ve been looking for a Coca Cola cake recipe, but the one on Coke’s website is WAY more complicated than this. I shall try this one. Thanks!