Cocoa-Cola Snack Cake with Back in the Day Bakery

Cocoa-Cola Cake

I think I forgot how much I love snack cakes. Easy, single layer cakes that take all the fuss out of cake decorating and throw in all the fun of snacking on sweets. This yummy one is a Cocoa-Cola Cake with Chocolate Icing that I just made from Back in the Day Bakery’s brand new book, Made with Love.

I wanted to try one of their recipes out because this Wednesday, I’m going to be chatting it up with none other than Cheryl and Griff Day… the delightful duo of Back in the Day Bakery. If you are in the Atlanta area, stop by Little Shop of Stories on Wednesday, May 6th at 7 p.m. for the Q&A and book signing. It’s going to be good times. (More info here.)

Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love

Okay, let’s make a cake.

Snack Cake Ingredients

This one calls for easy ingredients including Coca-Cola. Awesome.

Snack Cake Batter

Mix everything up and spread the batter in a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

Mini Marshmallows

Oh yeah, we’ll me marshmallowing this baby up, too.

Yum marshmallows

Right after the cake finishes baking, sprinkle mini marshmallows on top and place back in the oven for a couple of minutes to get all melty. Yum!

Cocoa-Cola Frosting

Then whip up the chocolate frosting.

Chopped Pecans

And mix in chopped pecans. This just keeps getting better.

Cocoa-Cola Cake Yumminess

Oh my oh my. Place large spoonfuls of frosting all over the top of the cake to make it easier to spread without messing with the marshmallows underneath too much.


Spread evenly on top.

Cola Cake

Reserve some of the chopped pecans to sprinkle on top of the cake, too if you like.

Cocoa-Cola Snack Cake

If I had the patience to let this cake cool all the way before I made the first cut, I think it would look a prettier. But, I COULD NOT wait to dive in. Actually, I took a spoon to the corner of the pan before I even cut into it. Highly recommended deliciousness.

P.S. Now I want a whole book on snack cakes.

Cocoa-Cola Snack Cake

Cocoa-Cola Snack Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • one 16-ounce box confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Grease 9 X 13 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides.
  2. Sift flour, cocoa and baking soda together and set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the cola, buttermilk and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter on medium high speed for 4-5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if necessary.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the cola mixture and beginning and ending with the flour. Remove the bowl from the mixer and scrape the bottom with a rubber spatula to make sure everything it incorporated. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Scatter marshmallows over the top of the hot cake and return to the oven for two more minutes to get melty. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  6. Make the chocolate icing: In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, cocoa, Coca-Cola and vanilla. Mix with a spoon until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the confectioner’s sugar, mixing until the icing is completely smooth. Fold in the pecans. Spread frosting over the warm cake. It will firm up as the cake cools. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Note: I added an extra tablespoon of melted butter to my frosting to make creamier. I also reserved some of the chopped pecans to sprinkle on top of the cake.


Recipe from Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love, © 2015

Hope you enjoy this cake as much as I do.

And here’s a little peek at some of the other deliciousness you’ll find inside the book Made with Love. So much yum!

Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love Cookbook

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36 comments on “Cocoa-Cola Snack Cake with Back in the Day Bakery”

  1. It looks delicious, my children will extremely like it. I will try to make, but I will decrease the sugar a little, because my children do not like sugar very much.
    Thanks a lot!

  2. I really love taste of the mixture between cocoa and marshmallow, but I have never tried to mix it with Coca-cola. It sounds interesting, I will make this recipe tonight, thank you so much!

  3. That’s probably a calorie bomb ! Can you replace Coca Cola by a light version ?

  4. oh, I love cake. That consistency looks great. I will try to make it, but i’m not sure in my skills.

  5. Oh my gosh! That looks awesome! I’ll try it now!!!

  6. Tried this out for a weekend getaway at a friend’s cabin and it disappeared! The cake was so moist, and that icing is always a favourite. Although I may skip the marshmallows next time — my cake domed up just enough in the middle that they all ended up rolling to the edges. Might try mixing them right in the cake batter as I’ve seen in another similar recipe.

  7. I can’r believe coca cola could make a cake so delicious, i really need to try this!

  8. Looks so yummy!!!! Will try it.

  9. yummyyyy…….cakes

  10. The new book sounds very interesting. The snack cake looks so delicious! I love the frosting and of course, the marshmallow . I can’t wait to bake this!

  11. Could not help writing how fun this looks- not just the eating part bit the making looks like a blast! Can’t wait!

  12. I like the hidden marshmellows under the frosting! Delicious!

  13. Dying! i need this ASAP!

  14. Snack cakes are my favorite too, they don’t have as much frosting and they are easy to eat. No fork involved. I like the look of this book… might have to get myself a copy!!

  15. I really love this book so much, and Cheryl and Griffith are just so amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  16. Hi J & Heather – Yes. I made a mistake it should be baking soda in the ingredients list like listed in the instructions. I hope you try to make this again, because it really is yummy. Again I’m so sorry, for the screw up in the directions. I’m correcting the post right now.

  17. To everyone reading this — there’s a typo in the recipe. It’s 1 tsp BAKING SODA not baking powder, as Bakerella lists. Hopefully she’ll correct it soon. I just ruined an entire cake — didn’t catch the type until I sliced into the cake. :(

  18. Mouth watering and very good experimentation. I will try this recipe. :)

  19. Oh that book! I have their other book and it’s a treasure!

  20. Yikes! I’m in the process of making this and just noticed that the ingredients list says baking powder, but the instructions say baking soda. I’m assuming it would be easier to make a mistake in typing the instructions part, so I’m going with the baking powder-but I just want you to know that something needs to be corrected. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Drools. Lovely photos. Will attempt to make it vegan someday!

  22. Love snack cakes. Easy to throw together and delicious to eat. My kind of cake…
    Thanks for sharing

  23. Oh so yummy. It’s been a while since I had one, but use to make it from our church cookbook of the 80’s.

  24. I love their first cookbook and am ashamed to admit that I didn’t know they put out a new one! I have to buy a copy! That said, I love coke cake and yours looks absolutely delicious!

  25. As always, you make it look it easy.

  26. This looks amazing! Perfect for the chocolate lovers in my family.
    Thank you!

  27. Oh my gosh, this looks like a book after my own heart! Thanks so much for sharing the awesome photos and recipe! Yum!

  28. Oh my gosh, this looks sooooo good, in all the wrong ways. Ha! Now of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t try it. ;-)

  29. LOL (YUM) I was thinking the same thing. I have to try this one.

  30. drooling

  31. Those pictures make me want to go home right now and bake this cake! I’m definitely going to try this ASAP.

  32. Wow, that looks perfect! I had the first Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, and I loved it! I’m intrigued by the addition of Coca-Cola!

  33. Looks so yummy!

  34. Looks like my kind of cake.

  35. That looks ridiculous in the best possible way :)))

  36. This cake looks so delicious! I’ve been wanting to try a cake that has Coca-Cola in it for so long! I’ll definitely have to try this one!

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