After a much needed break, I’ve returned with a Southern favorite: Coca Cola Bundt Cake.
Okay, I know what your thinking…
Coca Cola Bundt Cake is not really a thing, but I’m making it a thing for this month’s #Bundtbakers. The theme, as you may have guessed, is retro desserts. When pondering old-school desserts the first thing that came to mind, after Baked Alaska and Cherries Jubilee, was Coca Cola sheet cake.
Coca Cola sheet cake is a pretty popular dessert in the South. You may find it at a church social or Auntie Em’s house after Sunday’s dinner. I can see it now…cooling on Auntie Em’s kitchen counter, waiting to be devoured.
A recipe for this wondrous cake was first published in the Charleston Gazette back in 1952, but it was probably around way before then. I was intrigued by this recipe as I’ve never baked with soda before and Coke is my absolute favorite soda of all time (suck it, Pepsi!).
How would I describe this bundt? Very moist with a light cocoa flavor, which is well complimented by the coca cola glaze. You won’t need all of the glaze, but I’d suggest giving the bundt a double or triple coat (don’t be shy, now).
Thank goodness for Felice of All That’s Left Are The Crumbs. If it weren’t for her, I’m sure I never would have ventured into the land of retro desserts. Thanks for hosting, Felice, and for keeping bundt creativity alive!
And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month ~
- Boston Cream Mini Bundts by Andrea at Adventures in All Things Food
- Boston Cream Pie Bundt Cake by Mary at Los Chatos Chefs
- Classic Tomato Soup Cake by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Coca Cola Bundt Cake by Mondo at I Bake He Shoots
- Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Teri at The Freshman Cook
- Inside-Out Ho Hos Lava Bundt Cake by Colleen at Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Key Lime Bundt Cake by Sarah at The Chef Next Door
- Lemon Meringue Pie Bundt by Felice at All That’s Left are the Crumbs
- New York Style Crumb Cake by Tammy at Living the Gourmet
- Nutella Chocolate MIlkshake Bundt Cake by Bea and Mara at I Love Bundt Cakes
- Orange Creamsicle Cake by Sue at Palatable Pastime
- Pantera Rosa Bundt Cake by Rocío at kidsandchic
- Root Beer Float Bundt Cake by Rebekah at Making Miracles
- Sock It To Me Cake by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
- Strawberry Milkshake Swirl Bundt Cake by Laura at Baking in Pyjamas
- Tomato Soup Bundt Cake by Tux at Brooklyn Homemaker
- Tunnel of Fudge Cake by Kelly at Passion Kneaded
Recipe for Coca Cola Bundt Cake
Recipe for Coca Cola Bundt Cake adapted from We Follow Pics.
Recipe for Coca Cola Glaze adapted from Crazy for Crust
- 1 cup Coca Cola (real thing, not diet)
- ½ cup oil
- 1 stick butter
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Coca Cola Glaze
- ½ cup butter
- ⅓ cup coca cola
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon espresso powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup roasted pecans, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray bundt pan with baking spray or butter it and coat with flour.
- Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a mixer bowl.
- In a small pan, place Coca Cola, oil, butter, cocoa powder and espresso powder (if using) and bring to a boil. Pour the cola mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.
- In a measuring cup, combine buttermilk, eggs, baking soda and vanilla. Stir into the batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes on the middle rack.
- When a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, the bundt is ready.
- Let bundt cool in pan for at least 30 minutes (it's a bit on the fragile side).
- Glaze and garnish with chopped pecans.