Gluten free cola cake

    1 hour 10 min

    Everyone loves cola, whether it's Coca-Cola® or Pepsi® or a supermarket one, so why not add it to a cake. An acquired taste for some but it did prove a hit when I made it.


    Norfolk, England, UK
    14 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • For the cake
    • 250g gluten free or self-raising flour
    • 45g cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 150g caster sugar or light brown soft sugar
    • 150g butter, salted or unsalted
    • 200ml cola, any type
    • 150ml buttermilk or milk
    • 2 medium eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • For the icing
    • 100g chocolate
    • 45ml cola, any type
    • 45ml buttermilk or milk

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:15min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease or line a 20cm round cake tin.
    2. Sift together the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and stir in the sugar.
    3. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add 200ml of cola to the melted butter and mix well. Remove from heat.
    4. In a jug lightly whisk together the 150ml buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.
    5. Whisk the cola mixture into the dry ingredients and then whisk in the buttermilk mixture. Mix thoroughly to ensure all ingredients are fully incorporated. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until the surface is firm and a skewer comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
    7. Leave to cool in the tin for at least 15 minutes, then turn out the cake to finish cooling on a rack. Once fully cool, add your topping or serve as is.
    8. For the icing:

    9. Over a low heat melt the chocolate with the 45ml cola in a saucepan. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the 45ml buttermilk. Then apply topping to the cake and leave to set. Then serve.

    Serving suggestion

    Serve plain or coat with your favourite topping. Toppings could be frosting, icing, ganache, melted chocolate....the choice is yours.

    Make it healthier

    For a diet friendly option you can use diet cola. Swap out the sugar for a diet substitute, swap the buttermilk for skimmed (non-fat) milk.

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    Love these! sooo easy and a lovely change from flourless cakes. Thank you so much for sharing.  -  01 Apr 2013


    I love cola and chocolate so that's why I made this cake ☺ I don't have a gluten allergy, so I used self raising flour. I also used semi skimmed milk, margarine, light brown sugar and Pepsi Max. It's a very rich chocolate cake with a beautifully moist texture! I was a little obsessive when eating on try to analyse the cola element!... I'd say if you think about it, it's there, but it just compliments the cake overall. I don't think non cola fans should be put off or would dislike it. I iced it following the recipe and really like the icing. I'm not a fan of using icing sugar, so was happy with the icing. I used a square 8x8 inch cake tin. It worked well giving a nice deep cake, appropriate for a single layer cake. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves rich chocolate cake 😊  -  14 May 2016