Chocolate Cola Cake


      Got the baking bug? Cure it with this easy "from scratch" recipe for chocolate cake with a secret ingredient! Okay, we'll let the secret out. It's one of the world's most popular soft drink flavors. Try our Chocolate Cola Cake for guaranteed raves!

      Serves: 15

      Cooking Time: 35 min

      What You'll Need:

      • 1 (18-1/4-ounce) package devil's food cake mix
      • 1 (4-serving-size) package chocolate instant pudding mix
      • 4 eggs
      • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
      • 1 3/4 cups cola, divided (See Notes)
      • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
      • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
      • 1 (16-ounce) package confectioners' sugar, sifted
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

      What To Do:

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
      2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, and oil until blended. Gradually add 1-1/4 cups cola. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes; pour batter into prepared baking dish.
      3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes.
      4. In a large saucepan, combine butter, cocoa, and remaining cola; cook over medium heat until butter melts, stirring constantly. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat; stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla, then the pecans.
      5. Spread warm frosting over top of warm cake; cool completely on a wire rack.


      • This cake is also great made with cherry-flavored cola!
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