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Old Fashioned Coca Cola Cake

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Love Cracker Barrel Old Fashioned Coca Cola Cake? This is the perfect copycat version and is so delicious and easy to make.

I love making cakes from scratch. One of my most popular recipes is my Easy Strawberry Buttercream Cake.

I bet this recipe for an Old Fashioned Coca-Cola Cake is going to be just as popular.

This cake is super moist in the inside with a very chocolatey icing on top. I love serving this cake piping hot out of the oven with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream.

How to make an Old Fashioned Coca Cola Cake

This Old Fashioned Coca-Cola cake is a Southern favorite made with cocoa powder and real Coca-Cola.

This recipe is made in a 9×13 dish, but some people make this on a sheet pan. For my taste, I like the cake to be fluffier and more moist — so I make mine in a 9×13 pan.

On top of this cake is a wonderful chocolate icing that resembles a thin coating of fudge on top. While the cake is warm, it will make the icing melt a little making the cake moist and fresh tasting for days.

Coca Cola Cake dates back to the mid-20th century, but became much more widely known when Cracker Barrel added it to their menu in the mid-1990s.

You will truly love the flavor of this cake and how easy it is to make.

Combine in a sauce pot on the stove the butter, cocoa powder and the cola. Melt together and bring to a boil.

Then, mix it together with the other ingredients until your batter looks like this.

Place the batter in a 9×13 baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

When the cake comes out, make the icing. While the cake is still warm, pour the icing over the cake and smooth out.

Let the cake set up for about 20 minutes to give the icing time to set. Then serve it with a dollop of ice cream for the perfect bite of deliciousness!

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Yield: 20 slices

Old Fashioned Coca Cola Cake

Old Fashioned Coca Cola Cake

This old fashioned coca cola cake is so full of cola flavor and fudgey goodnes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


For the cake

  • 1 cup Coca Cola
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the Frosting:

  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1/3 cup Coca-Cola
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


For the cake:

  1. In a saucepan, mix Coca Cola, oil, butter and cocoa and bring to a boil. In another bowl, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Pour the boiling Cola mixture over the flour mixture and beat well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, soda and vanilla and beat well. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees or 25 to 35 minutes. Remove pan. Cool for about 10 minutes before frosting.

For the Frosting:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and cola. Heat until the butter melts. Beat in the remaining ingredients and spread on the cake while it's still warm.

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Thursday 3rd of November 2022

I have a question. My Mom used to make this cake when I was a kid and I want to try it this weekend. When the recipe calls for cocoa for the cake mixture and then unsweetened cocoa powder for the frosting, are they both one in the same? Thank you

Jennifer Sikora

Tuesday 8th of November 2022

Yes they are both the same thing.

Jodie Hebert

Monday 10th of October 2022

Awesome recipe!! I have an older version of the recipe (I think the frosting ingredients are slightly different?). I have made it several times and most recently this past weekend. My Mom told me that she thinks it is the best cake that she has ever had, which is a high compliment! I have to agree it is definitely the best tasting cake and easiest recipe to make. I looked it up again to send the link to some family members who asked for it. Thank you!!

Jennifer Sikora

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

You are so welcome! It is a high favorite here!


Sunday 20th of March 2022

Tried this but it is lacking a lot of chocolate flavor in the cake itself. It can easily be doubled or even go with 1/2 cup of cocoa

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 28th of March 2022

Hi Chad -- it is not supposed to be super chocolately. If you have ever had this cake from Cracker Barrel, it has a suttle chocolate flavor. Hope that helps.

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