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Slice of coca cola cake topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Coca Cola Cake

This copycat Cracker Barrel double fudge chocolate cake is rich and delicious with an intense chocolate flavor. Coca cola infuses both the cake and frosting giving this amazing dessert a unique flavor.
4.5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coca cola cake, coca cola cake recipe, coke cake, copycat cracker barrel coca cola cake, cracker barrel coca cola cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 619kcal

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 oz Coca Cola 1 can
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup powdered baking cocoa
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 12 ounce Coca Cola 1 can
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup powdered baking cocoa
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar sifted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Make the cake

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, white granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt until fully incorporated. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, simmer the entire can of coca cola over medium heat until it reduces to about ½ cup. Use a measuring cup to accurately measure and discard the extra.
  • Add the unsalted butter and baking cocoa and whisk until the butter is melted and the cocoa is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Once cooled, add the Coca Cola mixture to the flour mixture. Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla and use an electric mixer on medium speed to blend until well combined.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Mke the frosting

  • While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, reduce the second can of Coca Cola by simmering over medium heat until reduced to a ½ cup. Use a measuring cup to accurately measure and discard any extra.
  • Add the butter, vanilla and cocoa to the mixture and whisk until butter is fully melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
  • Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, whisking together until dissolved. Repeat until all four cups are incorporated.

Finish the Cake

  • Pour the frosting over the baked cake. Allow the cake to cool before serving.
  • Optional: Serve with ice cream, whipped topping, chocolate syrup or cherries for an extra special presentation.

Notes

Expert Tips:
  • It is important to reduce each can of cola to ½ cup and be sure to measure out exactly ½ cup.
  • Pour the frosting over warm cake right away so you can spread it across the cake.
  • Sift the powdered sugar to ensure a smooth fudgy frosting without lumps.
  • Serve up slices of double chocolate fudge coca cola cake with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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