Start with a box of your favorite chocolate cake mix. Classic chocolate is fine, but you also could use Swiss chocolate, devil's food, chocolate fudge or German chocolate. Coke will bring out the natural cocoa taste in whatever flavor you choose.
A traditional Coca Cola Cake is made with Classic Coke, but cherry or vanilla is a sweet twist on the original. The amount of Coke to use depends on the brand of cake mix; just mix the cake according to the directions on the box, substituting Coke for the milk or water.
Coke's heritage recipe calls for marshmallows, but pecans and maraschino cherries work well, too. Whichever add-in you choose, you'll need one and a half to two cups total.
Bake the mixture in a greased 9-inch by 13-inch pan at 350F for about 40 minutes, or use a muffin tin and bake the muffins about 20 minutes.
To save time, buy a tub of frosting at the supermarket. The original recipe calls for butter pecan, but this cake is great with peanut butter, caramel or orange-flavored frostings, too. Decorate the cake with your chosen add-in, creating stripes or whatever design you can imagine. Either way, Coca Cola Cake is simple enough to serve at any family meal and good enough to take to a potluck.
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