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Layered Cherry Cola Cake
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Layered Cherry Coke Cake

Cherry coke cake is a classic and beloved cake well known in the south. This cake can be found at picnics, potlucks and family get-togethers. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Decorate time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Layered Cherry Cola Cake
Servings: 8
Author: Jill


Cherry Cola Cake Ingredients

  • 2 C Flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 3/4 C Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 C+ 3 tbsp Cherry Coke soda
  • ½ C Canola Oil
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ C maraschino cherry juice

Cherry Frosting ingredients

  • 3 C unsalted butter softened
  • 6 C powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp cherry extract
  • ¼ C Maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 drops of pink gel food coloring
  • 1 C stemless Maraschino cherries dried and cut in half
  • 1 small jar of Maraschino Cherries with stems for toppings

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:

  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray the baking pans with pam baking spray
  • Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined
  • Using another large bowl, whisk together the cherry coke, canola oil and sour cream until combined and smooth
  • Whisk in the eggs, vanilla extract and maraschino cherry juice
  • Gradually pour in the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until combined
  • Divide the batter into the 3 cake pans
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Allow to cool completely
  • Remove the cake layers and place onto the cake boards
  • Using the cake leveler, remove the domes of the cakes

Frosting Directions:

  • Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, Cherry extract, Maraschino Cherry juice and creamy and stiff with peaks heavy whipping cream until combined and
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag

Directions to build the cake

  • Place 1 layer of cake onto the cake board
  • Using the ice cream scooper, scoop out 4-6 scoops of frosting and smooth evenly on one layer of cake
  • Sprinkle about ¼ C of the chopped cherries on top of the frosting and lightly push down
  • Place another layer of cake on top and spread more frosting
  • Sprinkle another ¼ C of cherries on top of the frosting
  • Place the last layer on top and frost the remaining cake with remaining frosting

Chocolate ganache directions

  • Using a small pot, heat up the heavy whipping cream until steaming
  • While heavy whipping cream is heating up, place chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl
  • Once the heavy whipping cream is heated, pour over the chocolate chips
  • Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth
  • Pour ganache into the squeeze bottle
  • Pipe dollops of ganache over the edge of the cake
  • Pipe dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake
  • Place a Maraschino Cherry with stem into the dollops of frosting
  • Cut and serve and enjoy