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5 from 14 votes

Southern Coca Cola Cake

This Southern Coca Cola Cake is a classic! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Coca Cola Cake
Servings: 1 cake


  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Optional (I think the cinnamon brings out the chocolate flavor even more)
  • 1 cup butter or margarine or two sticks or 16 tablespoons
  • 1 cup coca cola I always use regular coke and have not tried it with any other kind
  • 3 tablespoons 100% pure cocoa
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting for Coca Cola Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine or 1 stick or 8 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoon 100% pure cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons coca cola
  • 1 1 pound package powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans or nuts of your choice Optional


  • Combine sugar, flour and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well using a wire whisk. Combine butter, the 1 cup of coca cola and cocoa in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and pour over flour mixture. Mix with a spoon. Mix buttermilk and baking soda together and pour into cake mixture. Add marshmallows and continue stirring.(Your marshmallows will not melt) Add in eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Pour into a sprayed 9 x 13 inch pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes, testing for doneness. Frost.

Frosting Instructions

  • Bring margarine, cocoa and coca cola to a boil on top of the stove. Remove from heat and add vanilla and powdered sugar until frosting is of spreading consistency. You can either stir in nuts or sprinkle on top of the cake. Spread over hot cake.


1 pound of unsifed powdered sugar= about 4 1/4 cups. 1 lb. of sifted powdered sugar = about 4 3/4 cups. I used 4 cups of unsifted powdered sugar and it worked fine in this frosting