Need your fix? Ever considered getting it in cake form?
Hah! Got you! Well…some of you, anyway. Don’t worry – it’s the cola variety I’m talking about.
This recipe was popular in the eighties, and so, as it is with fashion, cakes can make a come-back too.
It may sound a bit weird, but it’s an easy cake with a retro feel. Give it a bash!


  • 2 cups (500ml) flour, sifted
  • 1½ cups (375ml) sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (250ml) Coca Cola
  • 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla essence
  • ½ cup (125ml) buttermilk
  • 1 tsp (5ml) bicarbonate of soda


  • 125g butter
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) Coca Cola
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) cocoa powder
  • 250g – 375g icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a tube tin.
  2. Combine the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the butter, cocoa and cola until just boiling. Pour it over the flour mixture and beat for about 2 minutes.
  4. In another small bowl, mix the eggs, buttermilk, bicarbonate of soda and vanilla. Add this to the first mixture and beat again, till just combined. Pour into the tin (batter will be thin), and bake for about an hour or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from the tin. Once the cake is cool, top with the icing.

To make the icing

  1. Combine the butter, cocoa and cola in a saucepan and heat until boiling. Stir in the icing sugar. It will thicken as it cools.
  2. It is a really sweet cake – but really yummy too – for those days when you couldn’t care less about calories!