Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Granny's Coca-Cola Marshmallow Cake

My late Granny used to make this cake every time we went for a visit.  I love it because it reminds me of her.    

My mother and I found the recipe in a shoebox that my Granny kept most of her recipes in.  It was hand written on a piece of paper that had turned yellow from age.  We were both so excited to make it for ourselves.  And I'm excited to share it with you.

Let's Get Started:

Granny's Coca-Cola Marshmallow Cake


2 cups of AP Flour
2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
2 sticks unsalted butter
3 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup Coca-Cola
2 eggs-slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

Grease 13 x 9 x 2 pan

Sift flour and sugar into large bowl and add marshmallows.

Heat butter, cocoa, and Coke in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and pour over flour, sugar, and marshmallows.

Stir in beaten eggs and vanilla.

Combine baking soda and buttermilk in a small bowl.  This combination should fizz and expand a little so make sure you allow for this. Let sit for about 20-30 seconds.

Add buttermilk to other ingredients and stir to combine.

Pour into greased pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until inserted toothpick is clean.


1 stick of unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
6 Tablespoons Coca-Cola
4 Cups powdered sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

In a medium sized saucepan, bring butter, cocoa, and Coke to a slight boil.

Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and pecans if using.

Spread icing over hot cake--really you just pour it over the cake while it's still hot.

Allow the icing to soften so that you can spread it entirely over the cake, if needed. 

Allow cake to cool before cutting. 


  1. Nothing like finding old treasured recipes! This is definitely a winner and I am glad your grandmother had made a record of it. Simply delicious.

  2. You found a treasure.... I love those old recipes. This looks absolutely wonderful.

  3. Thanks for sharing your family recipe! This sounds super yummy I am a sucker for anything marshmallowy.

  4. Im totally intrigued by the coca cola in the cake. Seriously I love COKE and I have certainly used it in savory dishes but I am super excited by this recipe. The cake looks yummy and I'm dying to taste it now. :)

  5. I love that coke is in the cake AND the frosting! And don't you just love handed-down recipes like this?

    By the way, thank you so much for the award the other day!

  6. Good ol' gran! What a treasure trove! Gorgeous cake, and I love the cola in the icing. What other fantastic recipes have you inherited?

  7. This cake looks really yummy, Shay! I never knew you could put Coke in icing, but I bet it's delicious! Can I have a big slice?

  8. What a fun recipe. I love little yummy finds like this.

  9. I almost made a coca cola cake recently and I'm glad I didn't so I can try this recipe instead. Thanks for sharing your recipe and memories!

  10. I love family recipes. I've never heard of a coca-cola cake, but it sounds reasonable. If it was pepsi, I wouldn't go near it. :)

    PS: I haven't ignored your wonderful gift; I was just waiting for my dad to head back home and the house to get to normal. Thanks for honoring me with it.

  11. This is exactly why family recipes have to comtinue to be passed down!! Sounds amazing!

  12. grandmas make the best recipes! this looks fantastic!!

  13. Looks moist and yummy! The recipes that are passed down are always the best, aren't they? All the fancy recipes in the world can't beat my great-grandmother's simple but perfect dishes.

  14. Sounds very interesting!! I love it when recipes evoke memories...that's a huge part of cooking and eating for me. :-)

  15. This was such a special find for my mother and me. I don't know why we never asked her for the recipe when she was alive. It's a great cake, memories aside, I hope if anyone makes it they enjoy it as much as we do.

  16. Yum! I love these recipes that have such history. Mine is a chocolate sheet cake. This looks so delicious!

  17. Family recipes are like treasures...thanks for sharing yours :-) They look delicious...

  18. Can I say, you're Grandmother was a smart lady! Wow, what a fun cake. I would have never come up with coca-cola in a cake. What a treasured family recipe and the handwritten recipe card...priceless!

  19. It's so nice that you came across the recipe! Family recipes are always best :) I am only a recent convert to coca cola cake (I HATE cola to drink) but it is brilliant!

  20. This is now on my must bake list! Thank you!

  21. My grams made this one too! Must be a southern thing. This would make a good Save Room for Dessert post over at OKK.

  22. It recently came to my attention that this recipe is actually listed on the Coca-Cola website under recipes. As much as I'd love to think they got the recipe from my Granny, it's probably more likely she got it from them. :)

  23. Marshmallow Cake is very tasty.

  24. They look incredible! I want them all too!