Cracker Barrel Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake

Cracker Barrel Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake – copycat recipe that tastes better than the original. Super easy to make and is off the charts delicious. The fudge frosting really puts this dessert over the top. The warm frosting is poured over the chocolate cake and it cools to a fudge-like texture. All you need is a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream and you are set!

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Cracker Barrel Coca-Cola Cake Recipe

This recipe comes from Plain Chicken reader Deana. She sent me the recipe a few months ago, and I finally got around to making it. O-M-YUM! This cake is off the charts delicious. The cake is great but it is that fudge frosting that really puts this dessert over the top. The warm frosting is poured over the chocolate cake and it cools to a fudge-like texture. All you need is a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream and you are set! I dare say this homemade version is better than the original at Cracker Barrel.

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How to Make Cracker Barrel Coca-Cola Cake

This cake is very easy to make. The best part about the recipe is there is NO mixer required! You make the cake and frosting on the stovetop. For the cake, mix together Coca-Cola, vegetable oil, butter, and cocoa powder and cook just until it starts to boil. Remove from heat and add sugar and flour. Mix in eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla. Pour the batter into a cake pan and bake.

For the frosting, heat butter, cocoa powder, and milk just until it starts to boil. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla. Remove the cake from the oven and pour the warm frosting over the warm cake. Let the cake cool to room temperature and refrigerate.

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Tips for Making Coca-Cola Cake from Scratch

  • Can use Coke or Pepsi.
  • I don’t have buttermilk. What can I substitute? You can make homemade buttermilk with 1 cup of milk and 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Gently stir and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes. This will allow the milk to slightly curdle, giving it a buttermilk-like texture and taste.
  • You can use regular or dark cocoa powder. Either will work great.
  • You can make the cake ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Can add chopped nuts to the frosting. Peanuts, pecans, or walnuts would be delicious.
  • You can take a shortcut and make the cake with a box of cake mix. Replace the water called for on the box with Coca-Cola and make the frosting as directed below.

As I said, this Cracker Barrel Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake is a favorite at our house. This is a great dessert for potlucks, parties, birthdays, and holidays. This is a very rich cake, so you can slice it into small pieces to feed a crowd. We like to serve this with some vanilla ice cream. It is also delicious with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Give this a try the next time to need a dessert. I promise it will be a hit!

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Cracker Barrel Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake

Yield: 12 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cracker Barrel Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake – copycat recipe that tastes better than the original. Super easy to make and is off the charts delicious. The fudge frosting really puts this dessert over the top. The warm frosting is poured over the chocolate cake and it cools to a fudge-like texture. All you need is a big ol' scoop of vanilla ice cream and you are set!

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

Cake

  • Preheat Oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour a 9×13-inch cake pan.
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, mix together coke, oil, butter, and cocoa powder. Heat just until boiling. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar and flour.
  • Add eggs, mixing well. Add buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix well and pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake cake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Put aside to start cooling and begin work on frosting right away.

Frosting

  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, mix together butter, cocoa powder, and milk. Heat just until boiling. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Immediately pour frosting over warm cake. Let cake cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until serving.

Notes:

Can use Coke or Pepsi.
You can make homemade buttermilk with 1 cup of milk and 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Gently stir and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes. This will allow the milk to slightly curdle, giving it a buttermilk-like texture and taste.
You can use regular or dark cocoa powder. Either will work great.
You can make the cake ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Can add chopped nuts to the frosting. Peanuts, pecans, or walnuts would be delicious.
You can take a shortcut and make the cake with a box of cake mix. Replace the water called for on the box with Coca-Cola and make the frosting as directed above.

Steph

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