Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

*Post updated January 24, 2017.

Cake always comes to mind when celebrating with family and friends, though when it comes to chocolate cake do we really need a birthday to indulge? We went behind-the-scenes in Shipt team member Elizabeth’s own kitchen to make her late Nana’s beloved chocolate Coca-Cola Cake — a long-time favorite for her and her family. 

Elizabeth’s love of baking spans a lifetime, and she’s now passing it down to her 4-year-old daughter, Wyatt, who loves to bake as much as she does. “There’s something special about seeing my mom’s handwritten recipes in the cookbook she started for me when I graduated from college,” Elizabeth says. 

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What makes the Coca-Cola so perfect is that it’s festive and indulgent and also super easy to make. Hint, hint: you don’t have to wait for the cake to cool to ice it. How awesome is that? 

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This recipe is great for kids. Wyatt helps her mother pour ingredients, mix, and stir. “I tell her to stir 10 times, and she counts out loud so I know she’s getting everything mixed appropriately,” Elizabeth says, adding, “I love the undivided attention we give each other when we bake together.”

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Elizabeth’s Coca-Cola Cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 sticks margarine (or butter, if preferred)
  • 1 cup Coca Cola Classic
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • ½ cup margarine
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola Classic
  • 1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix flour and sugar together. Elizabeth has Wyatt pour the ingredients and blend them together, instructing her to count out loud to 10 to make sure everything’s mixed well.

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In a saucepan, mix the margarine, cocoa, and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over flour and sugar mixture; blend well. This is when things really start to smell incredible.

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Add buttermilk, salt, eggs, baking soda, vanilla and marshmallows. (It’s okay to pop a few marshmallows in your mouth – we won’t tell!)

Elizabeth uses what’s leftover on the margarine wrappers to grease her cake pans — a trick handed down to her by her mother. 

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Pour the batter into a well-greased 9- by-13-inch pan and bake 30-35 minutes, watching for the cake to take shape in the oven.

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Remove the cake from oven and make the icing, which Elizabeth says is what makes the cake extra delicious. To make the icing, combine the 1/2 cup margarine, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 6 tablespoons of Coca-Cola in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Mix powdered sugar, pecans, and vanilla and add to boiling mixture and stir well. Pour icing over cake immediately and enjoy!

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Elizabeth’s mom started a tradition with Wyatt of baking a cake each Christmas, passing down the love of togetherness in the kitchen. What are your favorite baking traditions? Comment below!

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Get all the ingredients for Elizabeth’s Coca-Cola Cake delivered straight to your door with Shipt so you can spend more time baking and making special memories with your family! 

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