Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge: Coca-Cola Fudge Cake

It's that time again...Crazy Cooking Challenge time!  This month the challenge is chocolate cake....yummy!  I really wanted to try something different so I searched and searched.  My search came up with all kinds of interesting chocolate cake recipes.  I almost made a Nutella chocolate cake but I ended up making this most delicious cake recipe on The Red Kitchen Project blog. It is a copycat of the cake served at Cracker Barrel.  I have not had the cake there because I am always stuffed after eating their yummy goodness but this cake will be tried the next time I eat there.

My family loved this cake!  It was rich, moist and very chocolaty.  I made the cake in a 9x13" pan.  When the cake came out of the oven and cooled a bit, I took a lollipop stick and poked lots of holes in it.  I then poured the icing over the cake and allowed it to sit overnight.  When I cut into the cake, there was a nice fudge-like bottom to the cake from the icing seeping through the holes.

I will be making this cake again because it was just that good.  Enjoy!

Coca-Cola Fudge Cake
{adapted from the original recipe by The Red Kitchen Project}
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1 cup coca-cola
    • 2 cups AP flour
    • t tsp baking soda
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
    • 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup coca-cola
    • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Spray a 9x13" pan with non-stick spray.
    3. In separate measuring cups, measure the buttermilk and soda. Once the foam from the soda has dissipated, combine the two and set aside.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside.
    5. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    6. Add the vanilla and cocoa powder and beat until combined.
    7. Add the eggs and slowly add the buttermilk and soda, beating until well mixed.
    8. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
    9. With a spoon or spatula, fold the marshmallows and chocolate chips into the batter.
    10. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the center is no longer "jiggly."
    11. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 20 minutes before frosting.
    12. Using a skewer or lollipop stick, poke lot of holes in the cake.

    1. Combine butter, soda, cocoa powder and chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat; stirring constantly.
    2. Once the chocolate is melted, add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, stirring well until blended.
    3. Pour the warm frosting over the cake and allow to set for 30 minutes, preferably overnight.
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    1. Coke in a Cake?! My husband would jump all over that! Come on over and check me out, I'm #62 :)

    2. I tried long ago to make this cake. Mine didn't do well, guess I didn't bake it long enough. I have had it before so I know it moist and a lovely cake. thanks, I will keep this in mind for making again. andi

    3. Gracie from the Red Kitchen here! Thank you for the "review love" on the Coca-Cola cake! I love your idea to poke holes and let the frosting seep through. I am definitely going to try that next time we have it at my house! :)Adding you to my blogroll now -- great site, dearie!

    4. I love the fact that this cake is a little different. I don't really drink coca cola but my husband loves it - the challenge would be getting the cake made before he drank all the coke!

    5. My oh my! This looks amazing! I think I'm going to have to try it...soon! :)

      Please feel free to check out my recipe, I'm #37!

    6. I have heard of this cake, but never made it. I think I will soon! Yours is beautiful, and delicious looking!

    7. Come share this fabulous recipe at my Famous Linkz Party!!
      @ www.made-famous-by.com

    8. Looks like a delicious cake and very fun with the Coca Cola in there.

      If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

      Cook Lisa Cook

    9. This looks wonderful. Looks really scrumptious and makes me want to grab the biggest piece I can.

    10. Hi Wende,
      We would just love your Coke Cake, it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
      Miz Helen

    11. I have heard to many good things about cola cakes. I am glad to see one in the challenge.

    12. I love Coke. I bet I'd love this cake!

      Jen #79

    13. YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a Happy Valentine's Day and blessed week. ~EMM

    14. Hope you have a wonderful week and Special Valentine's Day. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
      Come Back Soon!
      Miz Helen

    15. This sounds amazing! I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:


      I hope to see you soon :)

    16. I don't live near a Cracker Barrel, so this cake will be the closest I can get. I am pinning this! I am a new Pinterest follower and am visiting from the Gingerbread Blog. Vicky from Mess For Less

    17. Visiting from I Heart Nap Time's Sundae Scoop :)


    18. This looks so yummy! I would love for you to come by and link up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot! P.S. I'm #5

    19. Wow that looks so good! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!