Coca Cola Chocolate Cake Recipe

If you’ve ever attended a southern picnic or church potluck, there’s a good chance that you’ve indulged on a Texas Sheet Cake. Or, perhaps you’ve even made one yourself. There is a great deal of mystery surrounding the fudgey chocolate dessert. The most common question is….why does Texas get the credit for this dessert staple?

The precise answer is unclear, but there are plenty of theories. For instance, some say it’s simply because the cake is huge. Others claim that it’s because of the over-the-top flavor or the use of good ol’ southern ingredients such as buttermilk and pecans. One thing is certain….an unknown baker, who will likely never be credited for their genius, submitted a similar recipe to the Dallas Morning News in 1957 and it swept the country.

The cake has since taken on a life of its own with numerous variations such as White Texas Sheet Cake, Christmas Sheet Cake, and gluten-free and vegan versions. But, perhaps our favorite take on the dessert classic is Coca Cola Cake from The Brown Eyed Baker. The simple addition of Coca Cola to both the cake and the frosting takes this cake to the next level of deliciousness.

To make this cake yourself you’ll need:

For the cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
12 ounce can of Coca Cola
1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:
12 ounce can of Coca Cola
1/2 cup salted butter, cubed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar

For full instructions on how to make Coca Cola Cake, click here.

Learn how to make classic Texas Sheet Cake in the video below.