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Coca~Cola Cake

After sifting through a million recipes on the worldwide net, I was a bit overwhelmed with a ton of claims to the original method when it came to the creation, different versions of Coca-Cola scratch cakes, and got a massive headache. In a last-ditch effort,  I decided to hit up one of my favorite sources of food history, and what did I find?

What did I gather? It has always been a bit murky if the famous Coca-Cola Cake was first made in a home kitchen or a test kitchen as a brilliant way for The Coca-Cola Company to market their beloved beverage.

The very first reference to be found about a  published recipe; Chocolate Cola Cake was published in the Charleston Gazette, August 8, 1952 (p.20), “Unusual’ dishes awarded second, third place in the contest, “ Mrs. E.D. Greer of Lillybrook, W.VA. supplied the recipe.


my simplified,  so easy it shouldn't even be called a recipe, modern rendition of a beloved Southern recipe for Coka~Cola Cake, using everyone's favorite tasty beverage, rich, decadent chocolate, fluffy miniature marshmallows, and creamy dark chocolate icing.Well, now that presents a problem; when visiting the Coca~Cola company site, the recipe lists the following information about the method found on their website: This Coke cake recipe was contributed by Lee Avery Catts to “Atlanta Cooknotes” and was published by The Junior League of Atlanta. I would say I am even more confused, but I figure Lee’s recipe is most likely a newer tasty rendition of the 1950’s recipe and sponsored by the  Coca~Cola company.

Without any further ado, I bring you my simplified,  so easy it shouldn’t even be called a recipe, modern rendition of a beloved Southern recipe for Coka~Cola Cake, using everyone’s favorite tasty beverage, rich, decadent chocolate, fluffy miniature marshmallows, and creamy dark chocolate icing.





Ingredients needed for Coca~Cola Cake 

  • One Box of Duncan Hines Devil’s  food cake mix
  • One-1- ounce package of instant chocolate pudding
  • Two teaspoons baking cocoa +extra to dust the pans
  • One cup + 2 tablespoons of Coca~Cola
  • Three eggs at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/3  of a cup of vegetable oil
  • One and 1/2 cups of miniature marshmallows
  • Cooking spray
  • One container dark chocolate fudge icing
  • Strawberries






5 from 3 votes
Coca~Cola Cake
Coca~Cola Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
19 mins
30 mins
Total Time
29 mins
Down in the Southern states, we are known for loving and adoring our Southern-Style Coca-Cola Cakes. What’s a Coca-Cola Cake you ask? It’s a sinfully delicious, chocolaty cake, made with pure love, fluffy white marshmallows, and one of our all-time favorite cold refreshing drinks; Coca-Cola
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: cake, Coke a Cola Cake
Servings: 10 servings
Author: hmccallum
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 small package of instant chocolate pudding
  • 2 teaspoons baking cocoa +extra to dust pans
  • 1 cup Coca~Cola + 2 teaspoons
  • 3 eggs room temperature lightly beaten
  • cup oil
  • 1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
  • cooking spray
  • 1 container Dark Fudge icing or homemade
  • strawberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the Duncan Hines Devil’s Food cake mix, instant chocolate pudding, and baking cocoa, stir together ingredients.
  3. Add 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of Coca~Cola, 3 lightly beaten room temperature eggs, and vegetable oil combine the ingredients by stirring for about 30 seconds, then beat on low-speed for about 2 minutes. Gently fold in miniature marshmallows.
  4. Spray 2 round 2 x 9-inch baking pans with cooking spray; add a touch of baking cocoa powder to dust the pans, shake off the excess cocoa powder.
  5. place equal amounts of the batter into the 2 x 9- inch round baking pans
  6. Place in a 350-degree oven for about 24-29 minutes. The cake is completely done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from baking pans and place 1 cake on cake dish, place a small amount of frosting on cake layer and spread. Add top layer and evenly frost the entire cake.
  8. Frost with dark chocolate fudge frosting, garnish with the strawberries.




Disclaimer #1: While a recipe is not written in stone, it is recommended you stick to the original recipe as closely as your diet allows; as changes made on your own to my recipes may result in changing the integrity of the flavor of the cooked menu item.

Disclaimer #2: These two brands; Coca~Cola and Duncan Hines have been shared with you today because of the quality of the products and I actually enjoy using them; not because I have received any type of financial gain or free merchandise.





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  • Reply
    June 29, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Interesting recipe with coca-cola! I’ll be itching to try this.

  • Reply
    June 29, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and commented:
    I love Heidy’s story behind the recipe.

  • Reply
    The Foodie Affairsa
    September 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Heidy! This photo is beautiful! It makes me want to grab a chair and gather around the table! I’ve never made a Coca-Cola Cake, but now I want to!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      September 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you, Sandra. I’m so glad you dropped by and enjoyed the Coca~Cola Cake.

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