Chocolate cola cake

(44 ratings)
Chocolate cola cake


For the cake:

  • 125g butter
  • 240g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 480ml cola
  • 125g cocoa powder
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • ½tsp bicarbonate soda

For the chocolate buttercream:

  • 200g icing sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 2-3tsp water

To decorate:

  • Cola bottles
  • Red M&Ms

This delicious chocolate cola cake combines chocolate with coke to make a rich, dense cake. It takes 1hr to make this cake and can serve up to 6 people.

Sandwiched together with a light chocolate buttercream and topped with sweet, jellied cola bottles and peanut M&Ms, this cake will be a hit with all ages.

Swap the M&Ms for strawberries, Smarties or other jellied sweets – whatever are your favourites! You could also decorate with Nutella, melted chocolate or even whipping cream for a different twist on this bake.

Making a chocolate cake with cola gives the sponge has a fudgy, fizzy texture, similar to a brownie and would be perfect served with vanilla ice cream for dessert or on its own with a warm cuppa.

If your cake is not fully cooked by the set time and is still wobbly in the middle, cover with tin foil and bake for a further 5-10mins checking it occasionally.

This cake will keep up to 3 days in an airtight container or tin.


  • 2x21cm/8inch cake tins (3cm height)
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Piping bag
  • Electric hand whisk
  • Measuring jug

Step 1

Preheat your oven 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3 and line 2x 21cm/9inch cake tins with greaseproof paper.


Step 2

Measure out the coca-cola in a jug and leave on the side to stand for 5 mins so it’s not too fizzy when you add it to the mix.


Step 3

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, butter and eggs with an electric hand whisk until combined.


Step 4

Gradually add in the cola and cocoa powder a bit at a time taking it in turns, one after the other, until you’ve added it all in. Whisk continuously until combined – make sure you don’t over whisk it. The mixture will be rather wet at this stage.


Step 5

Next add in the flour and bicarbonate soda. Fold this into the mixture with a wooden spoon until completely combined.


Step 6

Pour the mixture into the 2 cake tins, making sure you get an even amount in each. Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins until spongy to touch. You can check they’re cooked the whole way through by poking them with a knife – if it comes out clean they’re cooked, if not pop it back in the oven, checking every 5 mins until done.


Step 7

Leave the cakes in the tins for about 5 mins until cooled slightly. Run a knife around the edges of the tin and turn upside down onto a wire rack, carefully flip the cakes right side up and leave to cool completely.


Step 8

While the cakes cool, prepare the chocolate buttercream. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and water with an electric hand whisk and gradually add in the icing sugar and cocoa powder. Mix until smooth and combined. If the mixture is too thick, add a few more drops of water. Leave to one side.


Step 9

Decide which cake is going to be the base and which is going to be the topper. Cut the base across the top using a bread knife to make it level.


Step 10

Cover the base in a generous helping of chocolate buttercream, spreading with a spatula or spoon. Pop the top cake onto the buttercream and press down firmly.


Step 11

Spoon the rest of the chocolate mix into a piping bag and pipe swirls onto the cake.


Step 12

Finish by topping each swirl with a red M&M, decorating the rest of the cake in cola bottles.

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This is an amazing cake, easy to make and tastes wonderful. Nice light cake


instead of making a cake could you divide the mixture to make cupcakes?


Hi Pam, you could try this recipe with Diet Cola instead - it's always great to experiment with cake recipes! Just remember to let it sit for a little while before adding to the mix - let us know how you get on! Happy baking! X


Hi Jacqueline, next time you make this cake fold the flour into the mixture with big scooping movements so you can get as much air into the mixture as possible making sure the flour has been mixed completely - this will make the cake lighter! This cake is rather rich though so I'd recommend a big scoop of ice cream with it :) - happy baking! X


would this work with diet cola


comments I got when I made this a bit stodgy and sickly you only need a small portion

haruki hime


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