Faith Hill's Coca-Cola Cake: The Secret Ingredient is Love (and Fizz)!

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by Recipe Round-ups
1 13 x 9 inch
45 min

Hey there, all you kitchen adventurers and sweet tooth enthusiasts!

Today, I’m going to take a leap of faith and take a chance on Faith Hill's Coca-Cola Cake! Now, you might be wondering, "Why on earth would she put soda in a cake?" Well, my friends after making this myself, the answer is simple—it's pure, unadulterated magic!

In short after making this I can say that Faith Hill's Coca-Cola Cake is a fizzy, fabulous dessert that'll make you believe in the power of soda in baking.

So, next time someone asks you why you're putting cola in your cake, just smile and say, "Because Faith Hill said so!"

Enjoy your sweet adventure, and remember, the secret ingredient is always a little bit of love, a whole lot of fun and of course Coca Cola!

Faith Hill's Coca-Cola Cake: The Secret Ingredient is Love (and Fizz)!
Recipe details
  • 1  13 x 9 inch
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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For the cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola (Yes, you read that right!)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
For the frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3.5 cups powdered sugar (aka a package of 16 oz.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional but highly recommended)
For the cake:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 13x9-inch baking pan because, you know, we don't want our cake to stick!
In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 cups of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Mix 'em up, and set the bowl aside.
In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of Coca-Cola, 1 cup of unsalted butter, and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to a boil. Yes, it'll bubble, fizz, and make you wonder if you've entered a culinary science experiment. But don't worry; that's just the magic happening!
Pour the hot Coca-Cola mixture over your dry ingredients from Step 2. Give it a good stir until it's all smooth and happy.
Now add in the buttermilk, eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir it all together until your batter is nice and creamy.
Stir in the 1.5 cups of mini marshmallows on top of the batter. Trust me; this gooey addition is pure bliss.
Pop your cake into the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when you poke the center.
For the frosting:
While your cake is cooling, it's icing time! In a saucepan, melt 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 6 tablespoons of Coca-Cola, 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder over medium heat and vanilla and bring to a boil. Once it's all melted and velvety, remove it from the heat and stir in 4 cups of powdered sugar. If you're feeling nutty (pun intended), add 1 cup of chopped pecans into the mix. Pour this glorious concoction over your cake while it's still warm.
Let your cake cool down, slice it into squares, and share the Coca-Cola love with friends, family, or, let's be real, keep it all for yourself!
  • Ellen Ellen on Nov 05, 2023

    Such a great recipe, been making this for my husband for his birthday and father's day for 33 years!

  • Jan Jan on Nov 07, 2023

    I don’t drink buttermilk so don’t ever buy it.

    is there a “hack” to make it or is it necessary or could regular milk be used?

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    • Callie Callie on Nov 29, 2023

      I use Saco Cultured Buttermilk Blend in my cake recipes that call for buttermilk. It's a powder that can be kept in the refrigerator to extend its longevity. Mix with milk or water. It also has many other uses. Available on Amazon, at Walmart, and local grocery stores.