Copycat Cracker Barrel's Coca Cola Cake Recipe

Ridley's Wreckage

The Coca-Cola Cake at Cracker Barrel is a popular and well-known treat that has been on the menu of this famous American restaurant company for decades. Rightfully so! This cake is a great example of how well classic Southern tastes go together. It combines the fizzy sweetness of Coca-Cola with the rich chocolate flavor of cocoa to make a rich and moist treat that is at the heart of every Southerner (and in my case Northerner!).
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This recipe if I dare say is better than the original! It has a tender crumb and comes together quickly, it literally melts in your mouth. The frosting is decadent and just enough sweetness to make this cake over the top delicious. When I think of comfort food, a big plate of mashed potatoes, with a few slices of meatloaf and a nice big piece of this Coca Cola Cake is the first meal that comes to my mind.
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To make the cake:

  • 2 C regular flour
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) of unsalted butter
  • 1 C Coca-Cola (do not use Diet Coke or any version that isn't the original)
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 C of buttermilk
  • two large eggs
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Frosting:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 tbsp Coca-Cola (do not use Diet Coke or any version that isn't the original)
  • 4 C confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 C chopped pecans or walnuts (optional but so yummy)


  1. Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your flour and sugar. Set to the side.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Once melted add your cocoa powder and Coca-Cola. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then turn off the heat.
  4. Carefully, pour the hot Coca-Cola mixture over the flour and sugar mixture and mix.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt. Then stir this mixture into the Coca-Cola mixture until smooth.
  6. Pour your batter into the prepared baking pan. Using a spatula make sure it's distributed evenly through out the pan.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow your cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  8. While your cake is cooling start your icing. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a low boil after adding the chocolate powder and Coca-Cola. Take it off the heat and add your pure vanilla extract.
  9. Using a whisk, add your confectionary sugar (slowly) until the frosting is silky smooth and you reach the desired consistency.
  10. Pour the heated frosting over the cake and spread it evenly after it has cooled somewhat. If desired, top the frosting with chopped nuts.
  11. Before serving, allow the cake to cool fully. As it cools, the icing will harden.
  12. Cut and serve. Enjoy Friends!❤️
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