Nanny’s Coca-Cola Cake Recipe

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Coca-Cola Cake

I have to admit, I have never actually made or eaten a Coca-cola cake before now. Heard of it? Yes. Tried it? Not so much. I’m not a big soda drinker (I have plenty of trouble drinking enough water) so it never really appealed to me. Man was I missing out!

This Coca-cola cake is so good. It’s sweet without being too sweet and wonderfully dense and moist. I apologize to those of you who have issues with that word, but it can be quite suitable when describing baked goods.

Coca-Cola Cake Recipe

This recipe came from a beautiful scrapbook that my mom made me a couple of years ago.  It is filled with recipes from my Grandma’s kitchen. After Nanny passed away my mom got all of the recipes that had been stuffed in drawers, file folders, and other cookbooks. She turned the recipes into scrapbooks for both my sister and I to continue baking.

The Coca-cola Cake is pretty easy to make, a little different than most cake recipes I’m used to as part of the cake and the frosting is done in a saucepan. The only problem that I ran into was with the frosting. It had started to cool before I poured it over top of the cake so it doesn’t look very smooth. Still tastes amazing, but doesn’t look quite as lovely as I would’ve hoped.

Coca-Cola Cake

To make the coca-cola cake you start by whisking together the flour and sugar. Then in a sauce pan you will need to bring the oil, butter, cocoa powder, and coca-cola to a boil. Once boiling, pour over the flour and sugar, add the remaining ingredients, and mix well. The batter will be very thin. The recipe used a 9” x 13”, but I think I may use a 7” x 11” or a 8” x 8” next time because the cake was pretty short. If you choose to use a smaller pan, be aware that you will need to increase your baking time a little bit. The 9” x 13” took 35 minutes at 350º in my oven.

Once the coca-cola cake is cool, you will mix more butter, cocoa, and coca-cola in a sauce pan to start the frosting. You do not want this mixture to come to a boil, you just want it melted and hot. Once hot, remove from heat and mix in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and if you choose, nuts. Pour the warm frosting over top of the cake and allow to drip down the sides.

Coca-Cola Cake Ingredients

Coca-Cola Cake

Coca-Cola Cake

A rich, sweet classic cake from Nanny's kitchen.
Servings 15 People


Coca-Cola Cake

  • 2 cups Flour sifted
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Cooking Oil
  • 2 Tbs Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Buttermilk*
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla


  • ½ cup Butter
  • 3 Tbs Cocoa Powder
  • 6 Tbs Coca-Cola
  • 1 lb Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Nuts optional


Coca-Cola Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 9" x 13" pan.
  2. Whisk flour and sugar together in large mixing bowl.
  3. In a sauce pan, combine the oil, butter, cocoa, and coke. Bring to a boil.
  4. Pour boiling mixture over flour and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 35-45 minutes. Allow cake to cool on wire rack.


  1. Mix in a sauce pan, the butter, cocoa, and coke. Cook over low heat until butter is melted and mixture is hot. Do not boil.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar, vanilla, and nuts (if using).
  3. Pour warm icing over the cooled cake.

Recipe Notes

*If you do not have Buttermilk, you may use ½ cup regular milk mixed with 1½ teaspoons white vinegar. Mix and allow to sit for five minutes before combining with the cake batter.

Mmmmm, tasty. Do you have any beloved family recipes that you still cook?


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