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Sumptuous Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake, an Old Southern Favorite

Updated on September 30, 2018
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Originally from Northern Louisiana, I now live in the southern part. I have many great country, Cajun, and New Orleans recipes to share.

Moist and yummy cake that you serve from the pan.
Moist and yummy cake that you serve from the pan. | Source

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe, Ever?

This sinfully rich chocolate concoction of the 1960s was a favorite during my teenage years and was a standard at parties during that time. There are several easy recipes for this moist, delicious sheet cake and I have gathered many of them here in this lens. We hope you enjoy baking the recipes and eating this delicious blast from the past.

We've also added some of our favorite 1960's songs and some Coca-Cola cookbooks, too. So even if you don't bake, you may enjoy this trip down memory lane. What were you doing in 1969, besides eating Coca Cola Chocolate cake?

Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake

The best Chocolate Cake ever baked.

Cola Cake in 1969

Let's go back to 1969, a time of experimentation in music, food, science and more. Peace, Love and Rock and Roll were the themes of the decade and it all culminated in 1969 with Woodstock. The Age of Aquarius was the best record of the year and while it was playing, in between wild gyrations and snuggling slow dances, teenagers stuffed their faces with the mouth watering treat, Coca Cola Cake.

Coca Cola was king and slogans like: "Things Go Better With Coke" and "It's the Real Thing" became part of the culture of the times. The Coca Cola Cake was born out of this opulent time, when more was better. Chocolate cake is good, but making it richer and more moist by adding Coca Cola is much better. Hey man, you don't even have to take it out of the cake pan. All you have to do is pour the gooey icing on top of the warm cake while it is still in the pan. Delicious and easy to make, too. Yes, this version is much, much better.

Here are some of the recipes for this delectable treat that is still enjoyed today. Some people say that it is the best chocolate cake ever.

Age of Aquarius - Fifth Dimension

Get in the mood and listen to the music while you decide which recipe to use.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 20-25


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • .........................................
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
  • 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift sugar and flour. Add marsh-mallows. In saucepan, mix butter, oil cocoa and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9-by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and frost immediately.
  2. To make frosting, combine butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and pour over confectioners' sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract and pecans. Spread over hot cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve.
  3. Recipe from: The Coca-Cola Company
Cast your vote for Original, Official Coca Cola Chocolate Cake

Here's a video that shows you how to make the cake with marshmallows.

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Coca Cola Cake


All butter, no margarine or oil in this one.

2 c. unsifted flour

2 c. sugar

2 sticks butter

3 tbsp. cocoa

1 c. Coca Cola

1/2 c. buttermilk

1 tsp. soda

2 eggs, beaten

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows

Sift flour and sugar into a bowl. Heat butter, cocoa and coca cola to boiling point. Pour over flour and sugar mixture. Add buttermilk, soda, eggs, vanilla and marshmallows; mix. Batter will be thin and marshmallows will float to top. Pour batter into oiled floured oblong pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Ice cake while hot.


1/2 c. butter

3 tbsp. cocoa

6 tbsp. Coca Cola

1 box confectioners' sugar

1 c. chopped nuts


Recipe from:

Back in the day, we made this gooey cake without marshmallows. The video (except for the nuts) and recipe below is similar to the one we used.

Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake


No Marshmallows in this one and less cocoa. This is similar to the recipe that we used.

2 c. unsifted cake flour

2 c. sugar

2 sticks butter

2 tbsp. cocoa

1 c. Coca-Cola

1/2 c. buttermilk

1 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. salt

Sift together the flour and sugar. Heat to boiling point the butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola. Add to the flour and sugar mixture. Stir to blend. Add buttermilk, soda, eggs, salt and vanilla. Stir with a spoon until well blended. Pour into a greased and floured oblong pan (Pyrex dish). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Batter will be thin. Ice while hot.


1/2 c. butter

6 tbsp. Coca-Cola

1 box confectioners' sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. cocoa

Heat to boiling point the butter, cocoa and Cola-Cola. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; stir to blend. Using a fork, make holes in the hot cake and pour the hot icing over it.


Recipe from:

The video recipe below is in metric measurements.

Coca-Cola Cake Video

Fun in the Sixties

Rocking to that sixties music. The commercials were a blast, too.

Grammy Winners of 1969

Do you remember these? Some of these songs and artists bring back memories of holiday dances in the American Legion Hall and proms in the High School Gymnasium.

Record of the Year - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In; 5th Dimension

Album of the Year - Blood, Sweat and Tears; Blood, Sweat and Tears

Song of the Year - Games People Play; Joe South - songwriter

Best New Artist of 1969 - Crosby, Stills and Nash

Best Contemporary Song - Games People Play; Joe South - songwriter

Best Contemporary Vocal Performance - Male - Everybody's Talkin'; Harry Nilsson

Best Contemporary Vocal Performance - Female - Is That All There Is; Peggy Lee

Best Contemporary Vocal Performance By a Group - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In; 5th Dimension

Best Contemporary Performance By a Chorus - Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet; Percy Faith Orchestra and Chorus

Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance - Variations on a Theme by Eric Satie; Blood, Sweat and Tears

Best Rhythm and Blues Song - Color Him Father; Richard Spencer - songwriter

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance - Male - The Chokin' Kind; Joe Simon

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance - Female - Share Your Love With Me; Aretha Franklin

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo - It's Your Thing; Isley Brothers

Best Country Song - A Boy Named Sue; Shel Silverstein - songwriter

Best Country Vocal Performance - Male - A Boy Named Sue; Johnny Cash

Best Country Vocal Performance - Female - Stand by Your Man; Tammy Wynette

Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group - MacArthur Park; Waylon Jennings and the Kimberlys

Best Instrumental Arrangement - Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet; Henry Mancini - arranger

Best Instrumental Theme - Midnight Cowboy; John Barry - composer

Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album - Promises, Promises Burt Bacharach and Hal Davis - composers

Best Original Score Written for Motion Picture or Television - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Burt Bacharach - composer

Album of the Year - Classical - Switched-On Bach; Walter Carlos

Best Album Cover - America the Beautiful; Kelbish-painting, Stahlberg-graphics

Now THIS is a Commercial for Coke!

Top Twenty Songs of 1969

We danced many times to these. Many were considered a little wild and over-the-top at the time!

1. SUGAR SUGAR by the Archies

2. AQUARIUS c/w LET THE SUNSHINE IN by the Fifth Dimension

3. I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU by the Temptations

4. HONKY TONK WOMEN by the Rolling Stones

5. EVERYDAY PEOPLE by Sly & The Family Stone

6. DIZZY by Tommy Roe

7. HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME by Sly & The Family Stone


9. BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP by Foundations

10. CRIMSON AND CLOVER by Tommy James & The Shondells

11. ONE by Three Dog Night

12. CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION by Tommy James & The Shondells

13. HAIR by Cowsills


15. LOVE THEME FROM "ROMEO AND JULIET" by Henry Mancini & His Orchestra

16. GET TOGETHER by Youngbloods

17. GRAZIN' IN THE GRASS by Friends of Distinction

18. SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Elvis Presley

19. PROUD MARY by Creedence Clearwater Revival

20. WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) by Jnr. Walker & The All Stars

© 2008 Yvonne L B

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    • LouisaDembul profile image


      5 years ago

      I had never heard of coke in cake before, must try it! Actually sounds like a good combination.

    • justDawn1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Coca-Cola & Chocolate! Two of my favorite things! Can't wait to try this!

    • christinsword profile image


      8 years ago

      I wonder if other sodas would work with this. Nonetheless, this one reads like it works great

    • anaamhussain profile image


      8 years ago

      I use the same recipe but i use coffee instead of pepsi..This is the first time I have heard about pepsi in a cake.Sounds exciting, the next time I am using pepsi.Let's see the difference in taste. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      such a fun lens. hmmm... coka-cola cake? very interesting

    • Padaneis profile image


      8 years ago

      Very interesting. I didn't know about that. Going to try to cook it asap...Bests.

    • bidzinger profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thank you for adding my lens to your featured lenses! I have added this one to mine! Have a great day!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens! I love Coca-Cola Cake, and I loved all the Coke and 60s memories too. I've made Coca-Cola Cake for years--It's the best chocolate cake in the world!

    • photofk3 profile image


      8 years ago

      I love coca-cola chocolate cakes. Nice lens, keep it up.

    • jasminesphotogr profile image


      8 years ago

      I've never heard of this before. very interesting!

    • catbehaviors profile image


      8 years ago

      I had this for New Years, and it was delicious!

    • Charlino99 profile image

      Tonie Cook 

      9 years ago from USA

      Retro recipes don't get much better than this.

    • jimmielanley profile image

      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      It's strange. I am not a big cola drinker, but I do love Coca Cola vintage things. Maybe because we had some of those Coke trays when I was a child. The cake sounds good. I love how you made this a walk down memory lane as much as a recipe lens.

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      I know it is hard to believe, but I don't believe I have ever tried Coca-Cola chocolate cake. This is one I need to add to my "must make" list. It sounds wonderful!

    • TriviaChamp profile image


      9 years ago

      I am going to give the chocolate cake recipe a try. Sounds yummy.

    • missbat profile image


      9 years ago

      I haven't had a Coca-Cola chocolate cake for ever and a day! I think it's time to make one. Thanks for the yummy-sounding recipes!

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      Edit Photos 

      9 years ago from Earth

      My wife loves Diet Coke - but it seems like that would be silly for this recipe.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens! amazing info

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      You always have such fabulous and interesting lenses! I definitely want to try this one! - Kathy

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my Altamont lens ... I've got this lensrolled and am inspired to weave some additional 1969 lore into my lens.

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      This flower child was a member of the class of 1969 and loves Coca-cola, chocolate and all things from the sixties! Must make the version from the video!

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      That was inspired, having the music for the era to play while I browsed the recipes and memoraabilia.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I've never heard of Coca Cola cake before, but I'd love to try it.

      And thank you for including my own 1969 lens here. Lensrolling this to mine.

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      9 years ago from USA

      Gosh, I remember making this cake many, many years ago but lost the recipe. So glad to see that you have several version including the original. I guess it's time to pull out the baking pan and get baking. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    • naturegirl7s profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne L B 

      9 years ago from Covington, LA

      Thanks, Linda. It is a rich, moist, delicious chocolate cake that's great for parties or holiday celebrations.

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Honestly, I don't think I've ever had anything like this - but anything with chocolate, I love. 5* / Angel Blessed

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      Lots of fun perusing your lens. I've never had it (would love to try some) and never even heard of it before....but I do remember everything on those Grammy and Top Twenty lists. Thanks for that trip down Memory Lane! Lensrolling this one to my Laftovers food lens.

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      Sniff It Out 

      10 years ago

      Its something I have never tried but you have a great lens! Welcome to The Cooks Cafe group.

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      Paula Atwell 

      10 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Never had this, but it sounds great. Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

    • naturegirl7s profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne L B 

      10 years ago from Covington, LA

      [in reply to Margo_Arrowsmith] I've never tried it with Coke Zero and I'm not sure if it would work. I'm featuring your Mother's Chocolate Mayo cake here.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      10 years ago

      Someone told me about this when I did my Mother's Chocolate Mayo cake lens! I am going to feature this there, I have been looking for it. ! ***** Have you tried it with Coke Zero?

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      10 years ago

      You know, this is a new one on me -- hadn't heard of this recipe before, but I'll bet it tastes yummy. Idea for a HMB -- 7-up cake vs. Coca-Cola cake!!

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      10 years ago

      I'd never heard of Coca Cola chocolate cake before now but I know what I'm baking tomorrow! 5* =D

    • N376 profile image


      10 years ago

      Excellent. I'm emailing this lens to a friend RIGHT NOW :)

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      I hope you like this calendar as we like coca cola :-)



    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      This recipe does sound good! I must have a sweet tooth still because this looks tasty right now.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      You did a beautiful job on this lens! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

    • squidom profile image


      10 years ago

      Yay! Thanks so much for this recette! My kids love all things Coca-Cola! I'll definitely try this recipe out!



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