Cakes & Bakes

Coca Cola Chocolate Cake


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Cake, Chocolate & Coca Cola. I have always been curious about combining the three but only got around to trying a recipe recently. I had saved a recipe by Sophie White, which was published in a weekend supplement months ago and decided my husband’s birthday was the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl. Sophie kindly gave me permission to share the recipe on my blog.

In the recipe, she suggested serving it with cream and strawberries. While that sounds delicious to me, my kids don’t eat cream, so I did it my way. I hadn’t got much time, so went with chocolate buttercream and cola bottle jellies. It looked a bit retro but my family loved it. The cake is really moist. A friend said it’s like a light chocolate fudge cake and I think she is right.  I’ll make it again for sure.

Recipe and cakemum tips below.


  • 250 g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 generous tbsp cocoa powder
  • 300 g castor sugar
  • 250 g butter, melted
  • 250 ml Coca-Cola
  • 2 eggs (I used large)
  • 125 ml milk

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  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan).
  2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate soda and cocoa into a large bowl. Add the castor sugar.
  3. Melt the butter in a small pot over a medium heat, add the Coca-Cola and combine.
  4. Add the butter and Coca-Cola mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients.
  5. Next, whisk in the eggs and milk to achieve a smooth batter.
  6. Pour into two lined 20 cm cake tins.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes until a knife, when inserted, comes out clean.
  8. Serve with whipped cream and strawberries – if you like, you can also ice the cake.

Some @thecakemum observations/tips:

  • The batter is very liquid and not like a typical cake mix.
  • I found it took slightly longer than 30 mins to bake so left it in my over nearly 40 minutes. My oven is old and temperamental – so it could just me my oven acting up.
  • I made chocolate buttercream – link here and used this to fill and decorate the cake.
  • I piped swirls with my much used Wilton 1M nozzle

Happy Baking

De (aka thecakemum)

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