Cakes · Desserts · Snacks

A New Job and A Cherry Coca-Cola Cake!

Hello, internet! It feels like it’s been such a long time since I’ve made a post. I’ve been very  busy this week, what with my new job and all! I started working in a local cafe and I absolutely love it! I get to make delicious sandwiches, serve soup, prep food, and I’m learning how to prepare coffee drinks. As much as I loved the Chocolate House of Ann Arbor, we did a lot of things wrong there because my boss didn’t know what he was doing. It turns out that we had been steaming milk all wrong at the Chocolate House, and now I have to learn a new way of steaming milk. The proper way of steaming milk is so much better – the milk is perfectly thick, frothy and creamy – but it’s hard to get the hang of. I’ve been a bit tuckered out with work, but I felt bad for having neglected my blog. 

Luckily, my friend Tim’s birthday was a few days ago, so I had a great reason to get back in my own kitchen. If there’s one thing in this world that Tim loves, it’s Cherry Coca-Cola. When I told him I could make a cake with his favorite soda, I swear his eyes welled up a little bit.

I first heard about Coca-Cola cakes from my wonderful sister-in-law, Ariel. She grew up in Georgia and knows all about southern food. Coca-Cola cakes are a southern dessert with Coca-Cola inside the cake and frosting. Ariel gave me a really good recipe for a one of these cakes, and it’s been a huge hit every time I’ve made it.

This recipe starts with sifted flour and sugar and a few cups of marshmallows together in a large bowl.

In a saucepan, I melted some butter, cocoa powder, oil and Cherry Coca-Cola  together…


…and then poured the hot mixture over the bowl of dry ingredients and stirred it all together.

At this point, I dissolved some baking soda in buttermilk…

…and poured that into the batter with eggs and vanilla.

It’s okay if not all of the marshmallows melt in the batter

Then I added just a drop or two of cherry flavoring and poured it into a prepared 9×13 pan.


I put the cake into the 350 degree oven for 40 minutes and pulled it out when a toothpick inserted into the center came out clean. While the cake was in the oven, I started making the frosting. The frosting has to be spread over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.

I started the frosting by combining butter, Cherry Coca-Cola, a drop of Cherry flavor, and cocoa powder in a saucepan and brought the mixture to a boil. 



Then, I poured the hot mixture over a bowl of powdered sugar, stirred it together and added some vanilla.

When I pulled the cake out of the oven, I poured the frosting over the cake immediately.

Sideview: Thick layers of frosting and cake in the pan

I let the cake and frosting cool together for a few hours, and when it as almost time to start the party, I garnished the cake with some real cherries and those corkscrew birthday candles shown in the first picture.

My favorite thing about this Coca-Cola cake recipe is that it doesn’t taste like chocolate, it doesn’t taste like marshmallows, it really, truly tastes like Coca-Cola. When I made this Cherry Coca-Cola cake, it tasted exactly like the refreshing beverage it came from. Everyone was mystified by its flavor; they weren’t quite sure at first, but once they realized that it was their beloved Cherry Coke they dug their forks in for another bite. The frosting is soft and rich, and the cake is moist and delicious. This cake is great as a dessert or even as an afternoon snack (which is what has happened to the leftovers). Tim loved his birthday cake, and he took half of it home. I’m sure it will be what he asks for next year.
Recipe for Cherry Coca-Cola Cake:
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 drops of cherry flavoring
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 drop of cherry flavoring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, sift sugar and flour. Add marshmallows. In saucepan, mix butter, oil, cocoa, cherry flavoring and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9- by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and frost immediately.
To make frosting, combine butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and pour over confectioners’ sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract and cherry flavoring. Spread over hot cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve.

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