Coca Cola Cake’s Southern Roots
By the 1990s, Coca-Cola Cake was a popular dessert among Southerners! They used the soda as a sugar alternative in a variety of dishes and it became a staple in southern homes. In fact, this amazing Cola Cake recipe debuted in Southern Living’s first cookbook: 1970s Our Best Recipes. Lee Avery Catts is credited with the original recipe. She submitted it to “Atlanta Cooknotes” and it was published by The Junior League of Atlanta, in 1977.
Have a Coke and a smile!
But it wasn’t until Cracker Barrel added its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake to its menu in 1997 that the recipe gained true national attention. Add this easy, scrumptious cake to your repertoire and friends and family will be singing your praises! Enjoy!
Coca Cola Cake
This Coke Cake recipe was contributed by Lee Avery Catts to "Atlanta Cooknotes" and was published by The Junior League of Atlanta, in 1977. It is one of the most popular southern dessert recipes of all time!
- 2 Cups Sugar *Sifted into bowl
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour *Sifted into bowl
- 1 Cup Coca Cola
- 1 1/2 Cups Small Marshmallows
- 1/2 Cup Butter or Margarine
- 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 3 Tablespoons Cocoa
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
- 2 XL or Large Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift the sugar and flour. Add marshmallows. In a saucepan, mix the 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 with Coca Cola frosting immediately.
Coca Cola Frosting
This frosting is the perfect complement to the Coca Cola chocolate cake. Do not make ahead. It is meant to be served fresh and poured over the warm cake.
- 1/2 Cup Butter
- 3 Tbsp Cocoa
- 6 Tablespoons Coca Cola
- 1 16 Oz Confectioners (powdered) Suger
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
- 3/4 Cup Chopped Pecans
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar and vanilla.
Pour over warm cake. Top with 3/4 Cup chopped pecans if desired.