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Classic Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake is ultra rich, extremely moist, and even more delicious the day after it’s baked. This no-fuss milk chocolate cake is a definite crowd pleaser as well as a chocolate cake lover’s dream!

There’s not anything especially fancy about this cake. It’s just a good ‘ole chocolate cake, and everyone needs a solid chocolate cake recipe in their collection!

A piece of chocolate cake on a plate topped with ice cream

Classic Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake

Summer is just around the corner and with that comes a flurry of family reunions, picnics, and church pot-luck dinners.

Besides a bucket of fried chicken or old-fashioned potato salad, what dish do you always hope will show up on the dinner table at these fun events?

For me, of course it’s Classic Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake!

A bottle of Coca Cola on a table with chocolate cake

The back story

Over the years, several variations of the Coca-Cola cake have found their way into literally hundreds of Junior League and church cookbooks across the South and have appeared on dessert tables at countless family reunions.

The Coca-Cola Cake became so popular that Cracker Barrel developed a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake which became a regular menu item after a trial run several years ago.

Cracker Barrel’s recipe is top-secret, of course, except for the fact that cola is a key ingredient.

Coca-Cola is an ingredient in both the cake batter and the fudgey frosting. I’m not sure what purpose the cola serves other than making this dense cake deliciously sweet.

A bottle of Coca Cola with a slice of cake on a plate, with Classic Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake

You may have heard the old saying, “if I’d a known you were a-comin’, I’d a baked you a cake!” Well, if you hear company is a-comin’, here are some other good cakes you can bake:

  • Fresh Apple Walnut Cake with Cinnamon Glaze — An extremely moist and delicious old-fashioned sheet cake recipe with fresh apples, toasty walnuts, and cinnamon spice.
  • Lemon Bundt Cake — A classic, yet easy, made-from-scratch lemon pound cake with fresh lemon zest that’s rich and buttery!
  • Blueberry Crumb Cake — This deliciously moist coffee cake loaded with blueberries is topped with a buttery cinnamon streusel and lemon glaze. 
  • Cherry Cake with Buttermilk Powdered Sugar Glaze — Fresh cherries and a sweet glaze make this cake a delicious dinner or brunch dessert.
  • Chocolate Pudding Cake. The perfect “last-minute” dessert! This easy cake makes its own gooey chocolate sauce as it bakes and is equally delicious served either warm or cold. 
A piece of cake on a plate on a table, with Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

Classic Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake Recipe

The Classic Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake recipe I’m sharing comes from our church’s cookbook which was published over 20 years ago.

A timeless classic, this chocolate cake is baked and served right from in a 9 x 13 cake pan, making it easy to transport to picnics and potlucks.

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A piece of cake on a plate on a table, with Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

Classic Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake

Classic Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake — this no-fuss milk chocolate cake is ultra rich, extremely moist, and even more delicious the day after it’s baked!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Cakes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 628 kcal



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
  • 1 16 oz. box confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


For the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13-inch cake pan or coat the bottom and sides with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour and sugar. Stir in the marshmallows and set aside.
  • Add 8 tablespoons butter, 1 cup Coca-Cola, 1/2 cup oil, and 3 tablespoons cocoa powder to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Next, stir the baking soda into the buttermilk and add to the batter with the eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla and stir until incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Pour frosting over cake while still warm.

For the Frosting

  • Add 8 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and beat until no lumps remain. Pour over warm cake. Frosting will set as the cake cools.


Serving: 1gCalories: 628kcalCarbohydrates: 97gProtein: 4gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 265mgFiber: 1gSugar: 77g
Keyword cake, chocolate, coca-cola, milk chocolate
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