Coke in Recipes?
I bet that caught your attention! You see, Coca-Cola is a one of a kind ingredient that many chefs and home-cooks love to use in their meals. And I’m not just talking about dessert, though that’s my featured dish today – Easy Devil’s Food Coca-Cola Cake. In fact, you’ll find that Coca-Cola is often used in BBQ recipes and main dishes, like Coca-Cola Beef Stew, my easiest ever (and recent concoction) Coca Cola Slow Cooker Meatballs using a slow cooker, or my friend Sara’s Coca Cola Chicken.
Having never cooked nor baked with Coca-Cola, I was curious and couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen. This Coca-Cola Cake was my first attempt, and so successful it wasn’t my last.
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Easy Devil’s Food Coca-Cola Cake
Just how do you make a Coke cake though? This recipe works great for a last minute dessert or for unexpected company, even when you’ve run out of butter or eggs! Love that.
Just keep these 2 ingredients in the pantry at all times and you will impress everyone! That’s exactly the reason this cake was so popular during the Great Depression era.
Two Ingredient Coke Cake (YES!)
- Boxed Cake Mix – Devil’s Food Cake
- 10 oz Coca-Cola
Yep, that’s it! Don’t you see why I was so curious? No eggs. No butter. No oil. Nothing.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT ADD any of the ingredients listed on the cake mix box.
Coke Cake Instructions
Measure out 10 oz of Coca-Cola, which is just a bit less than your average Coke can.
Add the 10 ounces of Coca-Cola to the boxed cake mix in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir ingredients together.
Pour batter into a greased cake pan, and follow the instructions on the cake mix box for temperature and length of time.
Note: Mine was 325 degrees for about 25 minutes.
What Type of Cake Pan?
More often than not I just use a simple cake pan, but you can certainly step it up a notch and use a bundt pan. I adore bundt pans, but just that if you use one, you want to grease it extra good because you really want the top of the cake to look great since you likely aren’t using frosting (see my discussion below – it’s so good you don’t need icing.)
LICK THE BOWL: This is the ONE recipe where my daughter is allowed to lick the bowl – no raw eggs, so no worries for this mama. Licking the bowl was something we never thought twice about growing up, but I just couldn’t let my own daughter ever lick the batter with raw eggs in it. But I’m happy to report that I now allow her to join in this childhood tradition!
Coca Cola Cake Frosting?
Moist. Moist. Moist.
If you thought you might need frosting with this cake, think again. The Coca-Cola cake smelled so heavenly straight out of the oven, that I just sifted a little powdered sugar on top and served it warm.
Feel free to get creative though.
Feel free to get a little creative by adding fruits, nuts, or other garnish.
And as for licking that bowl…
Here’s a very old photo of Mommy’s Little Helper just minutes before licking the bowl for the first time years ago! Look at that smile!
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Coca Cola Cake
Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
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Tried this recipe. Cake was gooey inside and wouldn’t stay together. I have a gas oven. But it had a wonderful flavor.
I was wondering if I could make a buttercream icing or would it be too much?
You could try it Trish…maybe make the cake not in a bundt pan so you could cut off a piece and try it with icing. Let me know if you do! It’s moist enough that you don’t need it, but icing is delicious.
Just tried this with cherry coke and cake mix … turned out crumbly and dry and had a weird flavor. Not liking it … Sorry to say!!
Interesting – did you measure out the cherry coke? I have never tried it with anything other than regular Coke, but it was the moistest cake, so it’s surprising yours was dry.
Gayle Shepherd says
Can you cook this in a 9×13 pan, also can you add mashmellows in the batter. Thanks
Hi Gayle. Yes, you can cook in whatever pans you would normally cook your boxed cake mix, whether that is a 9×13 or round cake pans, etc. As for marshmallows, I’ve never tried it, so be sure to let me know if you do and how it turns out!
Does using a can or bottle of cole make a difference?
Yes – you’ll want to measure out 10 ounces of either a bottle or a can for this recipe. To convert that to cups – 10 ounces equals 1 1/4 cups.
Pat Martin says
Wow it came right out of the stoneware Bundt pan and it is soooo moist and delicious 😋.
So glad you enjoyed it Pat. 🙂
Pat martin says
Just took this out of the oven it smells terrific. I baked in a stoneware Bundt pan. Haven’t try to get it out yet. I’ll let you know…..🤞
Mariah Leeson says
Only 2 ingredients, now that’s my kind of recipe. I can’t wait to try this!
Yes! Especially right now, right Mariah?
My brother LOVES Coca-Cola Cake! I haven’t made it in a while but now I’ve got to make it for my son so he can try it! I love easy cakes like this! Have you tried the yellow cake with the 7up??
OOoh, I have not tried the 7up cake! Must attempt that too. Easy is great, especially right now! 🙂 Thanks Angie!
Natalie L Mayhew says
I can’t wait to try this! Flavor sensation! Does diet coke work the same as coke?
You know, I haven’t ever tried the Diet Coke, but Cherry Coke works great too!
Haeley Giambalvo says
I can’t believe you only need two ingredients. I want to try it just because I’m so intrigued! It looks delicious.
Right? So different and easy!
Carol B says
Has anyone else tried to bake this in a Bundt pan? I made it for a book club meeting, but couldn’t get it out of the pan in one piece. The cake itself was delicious, so I ended up making cake balls and dipped them in melted chocolate to use for another occasion. Disappointing. 😔
Ugh – sometimes bundt pans can be the worst in the kitchen. I’ve struggled with them over the years for sure and it definitely depends on your oven. So glad you enjoyed the taste. Maybe it needed a few extra minutes? Have you tried a bundt cake in your oven before?
HI my name is Jennifer and i was wondering do u use the entire bottle of coke in the cake mix ??????
No, measure out and use only 10 ounces.
HI my name is Jennifer
I was wondering do u add the entire bottle of coke to the cake mix ?????
Have you tried adding cherry pie filling to this recipe?
No I haven’t, but it sounds delicious. Let me know how it turns out if you do!
Telina Lund says
Can you use a white cake mix with this or does it have to be chocolate?
Great question Telina. Coca-Cola cakes have been around for a long time as they are a typical southern dessert, at least here in Texas. I have never seen a white cake mix used, but that’s not to say it wouldn’t work. I would test it out first. You might consider trying Sprite with a white cake mix though.
I’m making this tonight…I’ll let y’all know how it comes out.
I’m trying this recipe on Friday. It looks fantastic and easy to make. Thank You!! I’ll let you know how it comes out.
Carmen I Garcia says
Carmen I Garcia says
Can I use Diet coke?
This I don’t know. Since regular Coca-Cola has sugar in it and Diet Coke does not, there might be a difference. I would test it out.
Can you make a very simple powdered sugar icing?
Oh sure Robin. This is just the best cake to have without. 🙂 Let me know how you like it.
Casey Garvey says
This coca cola cake looks delicious! I would use cherry coke!
Great idea Casey!
Destiny segura says
This looks amazing! Going to save this and make it for Hubbys birthday!
Mary Gardner says
The 2 indgredient aspect certainly got my attention! I have made sauces using colas but never tried it in a cake. I am excited to make this one. Thanks for sharing!
Are you using room temperature or chilled coke? I know from making it from scratch it makes a difference.
You know Gloria, I didn’t know it made a difference, but here I had used room temperature.
Going to try to try this tonight using chilled Coke. Thanks for your response. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Margaret S Porter says
I cant wait to try this!
Mariah Leeson (@Giggles_Galore) says
I am trying this recipe this weekend…Coke is my weakness and while I am trying to give it up this recipe looks to good (and easy) not to give it a try!
Shannon Schmid says
You just REVOLUTIONIZED my life with this recipe!! Coke and Devils food…ahh!:)
Heather Buen - Dallas Single Mom says
I remember making soda cakes as a kid. This brings back a lot of memories.
Sure going to try this one