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Southern Cola Cake

Lord Honey, I bet y'all won't find a list of Southern specialties that don't include a yummy, chocolate cola cake.

The fudgey goodness of my “Southern Cola Cake" brings back wonderful memories of my granny and aunts and the wonderful recipes they left me, and the great times we shared at the dinner table.

Southern Cola Cake

Jason Smith, FNS

Serves 12


1 3/4 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 cup cola

3 TBSP cocoa powder

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

Cola Frosting:

1/2 cup butter

3 TBSP cocoa powder

6 TBSP cola

4 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

¼-tsp salt

1 cup pecans or walnuts for garnish


· Preheat oven to 350°, spray and line 2—8 inch round pans or a 9x13 cake pan.

· In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt; mix well using a wire whisk.

· In a stove-top pot, combine butter, cola and cocoa; bring to a boil stirring often.

· Remove from heat and pour into flour mixture. Mix with a spoon.

· In a small bowl, mix buttermilk and baking soda together and pour into cake mixture.

· Add marshmallows and continue stirring. (Your marshmallows will not melt)

· Add in eggs and vanilla extract.

· Divide between the sprayed pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, testing for doneness.

Frosting Directions:

· Bring butter, cocoa and cola to a boil on top of the stove.

· Remove from heat pour into a bowl, add vanilla and powdered sugar, using mixer or whisk, stir until frosting is of spreading consistency.

· Place one semi-cool cake layer on serving platter and spread half the frosting over top, letting some drip down side, then sprinkle with nuts, place second cake on top, spread rest of frosting over top, let some drip down side, finish off with nuts.

Tip: This can be made with any dark colored soda pop.


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