Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake Recipe

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This Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake Recipe is literally the best way to make cake! You’ll find this copycat recipe on the menu at many Cracker Barrel Restaurants, but why not make your own?

This just might be one of the best chocolate cakes ever. Not only do you use real coca-cola, but it’s an easy recipe!

The fudgy icing is the perfect topping, and I prefer my homemade version to anything you can buy at the store.

If you have a sweet tooth, this Cracker Barrel Double Fudge Cocoa Cola Cake needs to happen. Its unique flavor and fudge frosting are what make it my favorite cake!

slice of copycat chocolate coca cola cake on a white plate

Ingredients to make this Cracker Barrel Double Chocolate Fudge Cocoa-Cola Recipe

Before starting, head to the grocery store and get all the ingredients you need. You’ll also want a rubber spatula, mixing bowls, and a small saucepan!

  • Coca-cola
  • Cooking oil (vegetable oil works)
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cocoa
  • White sugar
  • All purpose flour (unbleached)
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla

Frosting Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Cocoa ( sift before using!)
  • Cream or milk
  • Vanilla
  • Confectioners sugar (make sure you sift it!)
ingredients to make coca cola cake recipe

How to make Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

In a saucepan mix cola, oil, butter, and cocoa and bring to a boil. This is your wet mixture.

adding the wet ingredients to a bowl

 In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, and salt. This is your dry mixture.

adding the dry ingredients to your bowl

Pour the wet (Cola) mixture over the dry (flour) mixture and beat well, using a small electric hand mixer.

combining the wet and the dry ingredients together in a bowl

Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla and beat until smooth. 

adding the eggs and milk to the ingredients

Pour cake batter into a greased and floured 13×9 inch baking pan.

pouring the batter into the cake pan

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes. (Oven times and temps will vary)

letting the coca cola cake cool in the pan

Let the cake cool on a rack while you make the frosting. 

How to make the homemade frosting:

In a saucepan, combine butter, cocoa, and milk. 

Heat until the butter melts. Beat in vanilla and confectioners sugar until well blended and glossy.

bowl of frosting

Using a spatula, spread the frosting over the cake while it is still warm.

Enjoy!

cutting the cake into pieces

Tips

The critical ingredient in this recipe is soda, but don’t use diet soda! Real cocoa-cola is vital! I also don’t recommend using flavored soda like vanilla coke or Dr. Pepper or anything like that, as it will change the taste completely.

You want a warm cake when you are adding the frosting! Most cake recipes will tell you to let the cake get to room temperature, but not this one. It shouldn’t be a hot cake, but a warm cake is excellent.

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FAQs

What does Coke do in baking?

This clone recipe has a nice fluff to it because the added soda gives the texture of the cake a little bit of fluffiness. Paired with the other ingredients, it’s key to making a moist chocolate coca cola cake.

Can I turn this cake recipe into chocolate sheet cakes?

It basically is! All you need is a sheet cake pan, and you can transform the entire cake into those happy memories of a cake from Grandma’s house.

Top with some vanilla ice cream (or a scoop of ice cream of your choice), and you’ll be set! And to think you can make this in your own kitchen!

How do I store individual slices of cake?

This decadent cake can be stored whole or cut into slices to store. You need to top them with plastic wrap or keep the pieces in an airtight container. Keep leftovers of this cracker barrel double fudge coca cola cake recipe in the fridge until you are ready to eat.

You can then set it out on the counter to get to room temperature to enjoy!

Do you love cake recipes? Here are some more of my favorite cakes that you’ll love!

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slice of copycat coca cola cake recipe

Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake

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Judy Kahansky
This Double Chocolate Coca Cola Cake Recipe is one of my favorites! The perfect copycat recipe!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 494 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Cake Ingredients
  • 1 c coca-cola - not diet
  • 1/2 c cooking oil
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 c white sugar
  • 2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla.

Frosting ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 1/3 Tbsp cocoa - sift before using!
  • 6 Tbsp cream or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 3/4 c confectioners sugar - make sure you sift it!

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan mix cola, oil, butter and cocoa and bring to boil.This is your wet mixture 
  •  In a large bowl combine sugar, flour and salt. This is your dry mixture
  • Pour the wet (Cola) mixture over the dry (flour) mixture and beat well, using a small electric hand mixer.
  • Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla and beat until smooth. 
  • Pour cake batter into a greased and floured 13×9 inch baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes. (Oven times and temps will vary)
  • Let the cake cool on a rack while you make the frosting. 

Frosting Instructions:

  • In a saucepan, combine butter, cocoa, and milk. 
  • Heat until the butter melts. Beat in vanilla and confectioners sugar until well blended and glossy.
  • Using a spatula, spread the frosting over the cake while it is still warm.
  • Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 57g

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.