I've tried many recipes for coco-cola cakes and just couldn't find one like Cracker Barrel's. I finally just adapted a recipe into this cake. My husband requests this for his birthday cake every year. My MIL says it's even better than Cracker Barrel! Imagine that, a compliment from the MIL! This cake is amazing warm served with vanilla ice cream but I'm told it's even better the next day.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup cola, beverage
- 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1⁄2 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 7 ounces marshmallow cream
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 9 tablespoons cola, this should be the remaining cola left in a 12oz can
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Spray a 9x13 glass pan with nonstick spray.
- Combine flour, granulated sugar and baking soda in mixing bowl.
- In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup butter, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1 cup cola beverage to boiling. (whisk together as it melts).
- Pour over the flour mixture and mix thoroughly. I just use a whisk for this because it comes together so easily.
- Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
- Pour into prepared 9x13 pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- During last 10 minutes of baking prepare frosting.
- Prepare Second Frosting:.
- Place 5 cups confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl.
- In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder and 9 tablespoons cola beverage. Whisk together. Heat to boiling.
- Remove from heat, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
- Pour over 4 cups confectioners' sugar.
- Mix well with a whisk.
- Remove cake from oven.
- Immediately frost with marshmallow cream. Go slow. This will prevent tearing the cake. As the fluff warms a bit it will spread easily.
- Slowly pour warm coco-cola frosting over marshmallow fluff.
- It's best to let this cake cool for about an hour before cutting into it.
We really love this cake. It's such a favorite here at home. I did make a change... I didn't do the marshmallow, but poked holes in the cake -- then poured the frosting on top. That turned out fabulous. Thanks so much for a keeper and a great country/comfort food. Five stars all the way!
Holy Cola Cake, Batman, that's good stuff! Honestly delicious. I made it as directed. The only thing I would change is that next time I'll leave out the marshmallow cream. It was delicious but too intensely sweet for me (and I have a giant, cavity-ridden sweet tooth). But still, serious yum.
Moist and chocolatey. I've had this cake at Cracker Barrel and they never had a marshmallow layer in it. However, I decided to try it with the marshmallow cream anyway. Very good, but very sweet. You can skip this step and the cake would still be good.