Cherry Coca Cola Cake – Coca Cola Cake is a long held beloved favorite in the South. In fact, Southerners will often ask the question, “Would you like a coke?” It’s then closely followed by “What kind?” That’s right, we often use the term “coke” to mean any soft drink. Coca Cola cake has several variations, and every Southern baker has their own little sweet twist that they add to make theirs extra special. This version, takes advantage of cherry flavored coke making it a super fun cake to make and eat.
Coca cola cakes in general tend to have a light and airy batter. Due to the carbonation in the coke and how the baking soda reacts with the buttermilk. I’ve seen some recipes that actually melt the marshmallows, cocoa and butter on the stovetop making a sort of syrup to add to the batter. My favorite way is just as I demonstrate in this recipe, creaming the butter and sugars then mixing in whole marshmallows into the batter.
This cake is not for the sugar shy, it’s rich and sweet and meant for sharing hence the reason this cake has been served at picnics and church potlucks for decades. Invite the neighbors over for a piece and they may never leave.
Cherry Coca Cola Cake
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup Cherry Coca Cola
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
- Chocolate Cherry Coco Cola Frosting:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup Cherry Coca Cola
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans toasted
- Whipped cream and maraschino cherries for garnishing
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with baking spray.
- Sift together the all purpose flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pure vanilla and pure almond extract. Cream until light beige in color.
- Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
- Whisk together the Cherry Coca Cola and buttermilk. Set aside and allow the foam to die down.
- Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the dry ingredients. Stop and crape the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat just until blended.
- After all of the ingredients have been added mix-in the marshmallows by hand.
- Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bounce on the counter a few times to remove air bubbles.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center shows moist crumbs.
- To make the frosting, place the butter, cherry coke and cocoa in a small saucepan. Place onto the stove and bring to a boil. Cook until the butter has completely melted.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar, almond extract and toasted pecans. Mix well.
- Pour over the warm cake immediately. Allow the cake to cool completely before cutting or chill.
- Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry, if desired.
To toast the pecans, spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Toast in a preheated 350°F oven for 6-8 minutes. Cool completely.