Okay so one of the two ingredients is cake mix, but this is still pretty amazing. Who knew that Coca Cola had so many uses? Mix it with chocolate cake mix, and you get this very fluffy and fudgy chocolate cake. So easy and so good.

I’ve made two ingredient chocolate cake before with pumpkin puree. It was fudgy but also dense and a little too plain for me and not something I particularly loved. But this cake I would make again.

I got the idea from a recipe for Dr. Pepper brownies I saw on The Novice Chef. I wanted to make it but with coke because I don’t like Dr. Pepper. I was all set to make it, when I realized I was out of boxed brownie mix. Eeek. So then I thought, what if I tried using cake mix instead?

I re-read The Novice Chef’s post for clues. She described the brownie texture and being cakey and fudgy so I figured it should work with cake mix. Also she mentioned that her mom used to make a cake with just diet coke and cake mix. And that made me want to make it with Coke and cake mix only.

After I made this, I did some more research and found out there is a popular Weight Watchers’ recipe that uses diet coke and cake mix. I don’t know if it tastes the same with diet coke, but I am really happy with the regular coke cake.

My only issue is that because you don’t use any eggs, there’s no binding agent. So the cake fell apart easily. Great for eating on your own, not as great for serving. Next time I might try adding an egg, or baking it into cupcake liners so I don’t have to deal with cutting the cake which is messy because so many crumbs fall off.

I would definitely make this again and am thrilled to find a new use for cake mix and for coke.

Print Print Recipe

Two ingredient Chocolate Coke Cake

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Total Time: 45 mins


1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 (12 oz) can of coca cola


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour cake mix and can of coke into a large bowl and mix until there are no lumps in the batter. It may be easier to use a mixer because it took me a while to get out all the lumps with a hand whisk.
2. Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper. Pour batter into pan. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Cool before cutting. Cake crumbs do fall apart easily so cut carefully with a sharp knife. You can also bake into individual cupcake liners to make it less messy.


39 Responses to “2 Ingredient Chocolate Coke Cake”

  1. Iris — May 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Hahaha this sounds awesome! Minimal mess/clean up and a great excuse to horde it all to yourself. ;)

    • Kirbie replied: — May 21st, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

      It’s kind of dangerous…hehe

  2. RP — May 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Looks delicious and so easy! Could you taste the coke flavor in the cake?

    • Kirbie replied: — May 22nd, 2012 @ 8:27 am

      No I didn’t taste the coke flavor in the cake at all.

  3. torviewtoronto — May 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    delicious looking cake

    • Kirbie replied: — May 22nd, 2012 @ 8:28 am

      It was delicious!

  4. Karen — January 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I was looking for mug cakes and stumbled on this. I has a yellow cake and orange soda. Was great together. Just a subtle orange taste. Also had no frosting so sprinkled granulated sugar on top before baking. So easy and my guys really liked it. Said I could make it again! Thanks for posting my idea starter.

    • Kirbie replied: — January 24th, 2013 @ 9:37 am

      Nice! What an interesting combination too.

  5. Susan — August 17, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Instead of pumpkin purer try using pumpkin pie filling. Has pie spices inn it.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 17th, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

      oh good idea!

  6. Susan — August 17, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Should have said puree

  7. Dee Mench — August 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

    s works well with any diet soda too. Try a lemon cake with diet squirt or diet sprite.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 17th, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

      thanks! I will try it out

  8. Roberta Mann — August 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    If you use diet Coke/soda doesn’t it have Aspartame as the sweetener in it? Aspartame loses it’s sweetness when used in baking/cooking and possibly there are other chemical changes of which I am unaware. I wouldn’t use it for baking myself.

    • Kirbie replied: — August 20th, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      Apparently the diet soda version is very popular, though I didn’t realize it until after. I haven’t tried it myself since I don’t usually have diet soda around the house.

  9. Ericka — September 9, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Did you ever try it with the added egg? I am making this today & I am unsure if I should add an egg or not?

    • Kirbie replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 8:14 am

      I’ve never tried it with an egg. I would suggest you just try the recipe as is without it

  10. Susan — September 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Just saw a similar recipe and it included the egg.

    • Kirbie replied: — September 9th, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

      Well I guess try whichever version you think works best for you.

  11. KATE — December 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Just made this recipe into cupcakes ! So yummy ! Cant taste the flavor of the coke in them at all ! So moist !!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 27th, 2013 @ 12:58 am

      glad you love it as much as I do!

  12. Debi — February 6, 2014 at 6:12 am

    This will work great for my husband. I don’t like chocolate and he does. He is diabetic, so I am going to buy one of the sugar -free chocolate cake mixes and use Diet Coke to try this.

    • Kirbie replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

      I hope your husband likes it!

  13. beth — March 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Add 2 egg whites, 10 oz diet cream and chocolate cake.put fat free cool whip on top.it is delicious

    • Kirbie replied: — March 17th, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

      thanks for sharing!

  14. Mars — March 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    What size pan for the cake?

    • Kirbie replied: — March 30th, 2014 @ 12:26 am

      I believe it’s stated in the recipe directions, a 9 inch by 13 inch pan.

  15. Jamie De La Cruz — July 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I trusted you with your nutella cake, which by the way was fabulous!

    So I’ll trust you with the illusive coca cola cake!
    Thanks! You’re amazing!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 11th, 2014 @ 12:49 am

      yes, trust me! haha. It really tastes good. =)

  16. Dyanne — July 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I’m so going to try this. Do you recommend any cake mix that you used? Or, which one did you prefer? Or are they all basically the same?
    Also, on a scale to 1-11, 11 being the highest, how good is this cake? 
    Sorry, my family is quite picky. Ha.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 27th, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

      ive had success with the diff ones i’ve tried but i like chocolate best. the cake will turn out just like how it is when you make the full version, though the texture is a little looser

  17. Eleni — July 28, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Loved this! Green Cola is coke made with Stevia. Better than diet! No aspartame and you can also use Zevia soda, also made with Stevia. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 9:30 am

      hope you enjoy the recipe!

  18. Pam — July 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hi, do you put the ingredients of the chocolate cake mix (oil, eggs, water/milk) or just the chocolate cake mix?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 28th, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

      only the chocolate cake mix! you dont need the oil, eggs, water. that’s why it’s such an easy recipe

  19. Willie — July 31, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Going to try this today with an addition of 2 tblsp of oil to avoid the crumbing. I’m sure my husband will love it- -not to mention myself! :-)

    • Kirbie replied: — July 31st, 2014 @ 10:36 am

      i think it is the lack of egg that causes the crumbling actually. the cake is very moist, but it doesn’t have a binding agent without the egg. but definitely let me know how it turns out!

  20. Kim — August 17, 2014 at 4:22 am

    I’ve made the diet coke version of this cake before and absolutely loved it! It’s so moist and the flavor is fantastic! I’ve heard this recipe also works using a white or yellow cake mix with a clear soda like 7up or Sprite,but I haven’t tried that combination yet. 

    • Kirbie replied: — August 17th, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

      i rarely have white or yellow cake mix in the house so I havent tried it yet with sprite or 7-up but I imagine it would be delicious!

Leave a Comment

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Thank you for submitting a comment! Please note, all comments are held in moderation until owner approval.

Current day month ye@r *