American Recipes: The Coca-Cola Cake

Coca-cola cake

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I know what you’re thinking: ‘Coca-Cola Cake? That sounds like one of the most horrendous creations I’ve ever heard of,’ but please bear with me. As the people who have tried it can testify, this recipe does not result in a disgusting ‘fizzy’ mess but actually turns out as an extremely tasty, sweet and moist cake. Many of the 4th year ACS students will know this cake from our American-themed parties; in fact, it’s become a bit of a staple for the socials we’ve held and now you can make it for yourselves! I discovered the basis for the following recipe on the official Coca-Cola website, but it’s been modified slightly to make what I think is the perfect recipe for this sweet treat.

The ingredients:

2 cups sugar
2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 ½ cups small marshmallows
½ cup butter or margarine
¼ cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cocoa
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease a deep cake tin, 20.5cm or 8” for the perfectionist chef, or line with greaseproof paper, as this recipe can get sticky!

2. In a bowl, sift the sugar and flour together.

3. In a saucepan, mix the butter, cocoa, oil, marshmallows and Coca-Cola together on a medium heat. Ensure these ingredients are well mixed and don’t worry if the consistency seems strange at first; the Coca-Cola tends to expand due to its fizz, but this will die down once you give it a good stir. Bring to
the boil.

4. Pour this mixture over the sugar and self-raising flour, and blend well.

5. Add the eggs and the vanilla extract to the batter, and ensure all ingredients are mixed well.

6. Pour the batter into your greased cake tin and pop it in the oven. Bake for around 30-45 minutes but keep an eye on it as this can depend on your oven! If unsure, poke in the middle with a knife/cocktail stick and if it comes out dry the cake is done. If anything is stuck to the implement such as batter/lots of crumbs, leave for a little longer and try again.

7. When ready, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool. From experience, this cake can crumble when hot and may well fall apart if it doesn’t
cool well before removal from the tin.

8. Frost in any way you desire! The example shown above has had a sprinkling of icing sugar but get creative with your toppings.

And voilà! An easy but delicious cake to present at parties, birthdays or just to enjoy in your own comfort. Happy baking!


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