Cracker Barrel Coca Cola Cake Recipe


Are you a huge fan of chocolate cake? Then, we’re sure you’re going to love our cracker barrel Coca Cola cake recipe! Yep, no more browsing time and waiting lines to have this cake on your special event or gift it to someone – we will help you prepare it in no time!

Well, who doesn’t love cracker barrel? Most likely, you have indulged in the popular Coca-Cola cake restaurants at some point. Now, you can order a slice or two of this chocolaty goodness cake – highlighting the sweet, tangycola flavor and rich cocoa taste. These two flavors are among the well-known and well-loved among people of all ages.

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First of all…

What is Cracker Barrel Coca Cola Cake?

You might have already seen numerous versions of this cake. Cracker Barrel Coca Cola cake (as the name suggests) is a fudgy, gooey dessert that is served with a cup of Coca-Cola soda along with a mixture of milk, cocoa powder, butter, and powdered sugar. Vanilla is often added for a more enhanced flavor. It’s a nice fill in for those who are looking to improve their special occasion or a simple meal. You can still love traditional chocolate dessert recipes (e.g., chocolate cupcakes or chocolate cakes) while adoring this chocolate cake version at the same time.

When it comes to texture, the cracker barrel Coca-Cola cake has a bit similarity to chewy brownies due to its perfect tenderness. You can add a bit of marshmallow or ice cream to soften each bite. It will literally melt into your mouth. Adding to its moist is the flavor enriching butter and oil. The coke enriches the cocoa powder in the recipe.

The History of Coca-Cola Cake is as Interesting as the Dessert Itself

The Coca-Cola cake has Southern origins. Part of the Southern culture is drinking a Coca-Cola soda pop. While it is unclear if the Coca-Cola cake was made in a home kitchen or for marketing purposes, historians have revealed that the Southern United States was the one who initially utilized cola in cake recipes.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store then entered the picture. It was looking for delicate ways to further integrate coke into their special menu. They tried the classic Coca-Cola cake recipe, which eventually earned popularity after its first launch. Cracker Barrel made double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake a lasting menu item in 2009. It has been the store’s signature dessert since then. This is why people always associate the Coca-Cola cake whenever the cracker barrel is being mentioned.

Cracker Barrel Coca Cola Cake Recipe

4 from 11 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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Change your plans today because this cracker barrel coca cola cake recipe can’t be missed out! You’re going to love this treat and with only 15 minutes prep work this can be prepared quick and easy.


  • For Cake
  • 2 large 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 butter & vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon 1 baking soda

  • 1 cup 1 Coca-Cola

  • 2 cups 2 flour

  • 2 cups 2 sugar

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 buttermilk (1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/2 cup milk will also do)

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 cocoa powder (unsweetened)

  • 2 tablespoons 2 vanilla

  • For Frosting
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 butter & unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 chocolate syrup

  • 3 cups 3 powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon 1 vanilla

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 Coca-Cola


  • For Cake
  • Prepare a 13 by 9 cake pan. Grease and flour.
  • Preheat your oven to 350.
  • Bring 1 cup of Coca-Cola and 1/2 cup of butter to boil in your saucepan.
  • Mix the sugar and flour together. Add to saucepan, beat, and then remove from the heat.
  • Add the remaining ingredients for making the cake. Blend well. Pour in the pan.
  • Bake for thirty minutes. Another way to determine whether the cake is ready is to insert a toothpick in its center. It must come out clean.
  • For Frosting
  • In a big bowl, put the cocoa and cream butter. Then, add the chocolate syrup, vanilla, and coke.
  • Beat in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at once. Scrape down the sides often.
  • Add a little amount of coke if the frosting is very dry.
  • Frost the cake and serve with vanilla ice cream.
  • Enjoy your freshly homemade cracker barrel Coca-Cola cake!

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Tips & Tricks

In making cracker barrel Coca-Cola cake, timing is everything. It might be tricky getting the frosting finished and the cake done at appropriate times. It is always recommended to have the frosting ingredients all set so that you can immediately begin as soon as the cake comes out of the oven.

To ensure moistness, always spoon and level the cocoa powder and flour. Do not scoop! Reduce the amount of baking powder you’ll be using to 1/2 cup and then add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the flour if you are (only) using unsweetened cocoa powder. As possible, use quality ingredients for best taste.

What if I don’t have buttermilk?

Don’t stress yourself too much!

Making homemade buttermilk is also made easier and quicker. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of milk. Let sit for ten minutes to thicken the mixture. Then, blend it with other ingredients just as you’d with the buttermilk.

What Makes Cracker Barrel Cake So Good?

There are various elements that make this Coca-Cola cake amazing. First of all, it is double chocolate. Specifically, ideal for those with a sweet tooth. What’s more, it is just a simple cake recipe. There are no weird or hard-to-buy ingredients here. Lastly, it is fudgy and moist. You get serious a taste in every single bite you do.

This beautiful, rich, moist chocolate sheet cake is a regular essentialfor celebration and social gatherings. Coke adds extra sweetness to the cake. Aside from having an intricate flavor, its smell is heavenly.

Do we need to say more? Try for yourself now and see what we’re talking about! 

Complimentary Dishes
If you like this recipe, be sure to try our awesome copycat cracker barrel meatloaf.

Regardless of the reason, this copycat recipe is definitely a must-try, especially for rich chocolate lovers out there. Have a mouthwatering taste of this indulgent dessert, but be sure to prevent yourself from eating the whole pan!

Make sure to have this cracker barrel Coca-Cola cake version on your kitchen to wow your guests – delish and absolutely resistless! Flavorful, easy, and quick.


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