Amazing Chocolate Pepsi Cake Recipe for Dessert Lovers

If there’s one thing I love more than baking, it’s experimenting with unlikely ingredients to create something truly unique and delicious. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with this recipe for Chocolate Pepsi Cake.

Yes, you read that right. This cake is made with Pepsi cola. But don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! The soda not only adds a subtle sweetness to the cake but also helps to keep it moist and fluffy.

I understand that some may be hesitant to try this recipe due to the unusual ingredient list, but trust me when I say that the end result is worth it. Plus, who doesn’t love a fun and quirky dessert option?

So go ahead and give this Chocolate Pepsi Cake a try. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Pepsi Cake
Chocolate Pepsi Cake

Attention bakers and cake enthusiasts! Let me introduce you to the ultimate chocolatey and fizzy delight: The Chocolate Pepsi Cake. This cake is a crowd-pleaser and it’s perfect for any occasion, from birthdays to potlucks. Trust me, this recipe will become your go-to choice whenever you want to impress your loved ones with something new and indulgent.

So, why will you love this recipe? Firstly, it’s easy to prepare. You only need basic ingredients that are readily available in your kitchen. Secondly, the taste of the Chocolate Pepsi Cake is out of this world. The Pepsi Carbonation doesn’t just add an amazing fizziness to the cake, but it also intensifies the rich flavor of cocoa powder to make each bite heavenly. Also, the addition of mini marshmallows on top create a unique and interesting texture.

What’s more, this recipe is versatile. If you don’t have Pepsi Cola, you can use Coke or Dr Pepper instead to make Chocolate Coke Cake or Chocolate Cherry Cola Cake respectively. You can also turn this cake recipe into cupcakes by dividing the batter into cupcake tins.

Lastly, the Chocolate Pepsi Cake is perfect for celebrations as well as casual everyday snacking. Enjoying a slice of freshly-baked cake with family or friends can bring joy and warmth to any gathering.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an easy-to-follow recipe that yields delicious results every time, look no further than this Chocolate Pepsi Cake recipe. With its simplicity and versatility combined with its fantastic taste and texture, this cake will quickly become a favorite in your baking repertoire!

Ingredient List

 Deliciously moist and rich
Deliciously moist and rich

Let’s Get Started: The Ingredients

Here’s what you’re going to need to make a delicious Chocolate Pepsi Cake recipe in your own kitchen:

  • Cake mix (one box)
  • Coca Cola or Pepsi Cola (1 cup)
  • Butter, softened (1 cup or 2 sticks)
  • Eggs (3 large)
  • All-purpose flour (3 cups)
  • Sugar (5 tablespoons)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (2 tbsp)
  • Baking soda (1 tsp)
  • Salt (½ tsp)

Some of these pantry staples might already be in your kitchen, and the others should be easy to find at any grocery store!

The Recipe How-To

 Got a sweet tooth?
Got a sweet tooth?

Instructions to Make a Moist and Rich Chocolate Pepsi Cake

Now that we have got all our ingredients assembled, let’s start baking this delicious Chocolate Pepsi Cake. Follow the steps below and make sure to carefully mix every ingredient to get an amazing base for your cake.

Step 1: Preheat Oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a bundt cake pan with butter and cocoa powder, so the cake will not stick to the pan.

Step 2: Mix The Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Whisk them together.

Step 3: Mix The Wet Ingredients

In another mixing bowl, beat eggs until creamy. Then add in buttermilk, pepsi cola, and vanilla extract. Mix well until they are fully combined.

Step 4: Combine The Dry And Wet Mixtures

Slowly pour in the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Whisk until perfectly blended.

Step 5: Add In Butter And Ketchup

Add in the softened butter until everything is well incorporated. Then pour in ketchup. It may sound strange, but it adds intense flavor and moisture to the cake! Keep whisking until everything looks even.

Step 6: Pour Mixture Into The Bundt Pan

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 7: Melt Mini Marshmallows

About five minutes before taking out of the oven, remove cake from oven and top with mini marshmallows. Return to oven until marshmallows bloom then remove from oven once more.

Step 8: Cool and Dust with Powdered Sugar

Allow the cake to cool for about ten minutes before removing it from the pan. Let it cool another hour or two on a wire rack. Finally, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top for decoration.

Serve slices of this Chocolate Pepsi Cake with fresh fruit or whipped cream if you like — or eat as is!

Substitutions and Variations

 Chocolate and Pepsi - a match made in heaven!
Chocolate and Pepsi – a match made in heaven!

When it comes to making a cake, there’s always room for experimentation. If you’re feeling creative, you might consider trying out some substitutions or variations of the Chocolate Pepsi Cake Recipe. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Instead of using Pepsi, try using Coca Cola or root beer. You could even experiment with other soda flavors like cherry cola.

– If you don’t have chocolate cake mix on hand, try using a white cake mix instead and adding cocoa powder.

– For a slightly healthier twist, try substituting the butter with applesauce.

– If you’re looking for a fun twist on the original bundt cake recipe, try turning it into cupcakes instead! Simply pour the batter into cupcake liners and adjust the baking time accordingly.

– For an extra decadent touch, try adding some mini marshmallows or chopped nuts to the batter before baking.

Remember to experiment in small amounts so that you do not end up disappointing yourself. Any changes should also still mesh well with what is already available in the recipe such that they do not turn out disgusting. If you find your cake is too sweet or too bitter when using substitutes for instance, try altering measurements next time to ensure balance is attained.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect dessert for any occasion
Perfect dessert for any occasion

This chocolate pepsi cake is a real treat that is perfect for any occasion. It can be served at room temperature or chilled, depending on your preference. The cake is easy to slice and serves well for guests, but you might find that you don’t want to share!

One great way to pair this cake is with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa. The rich chocolatey flavor of the cake pairs perfectly with the warm beverage, making it a cozy treat during the colder months. If you want to make this cake even more indulgent, add a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Another delicious way to serve this chocolate cake is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cold creaminess of the ice cream complements the richness of the chocolate, making for a heavenly dessert.

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider drizzling some maple syrup over each slice. The sweetness pairs well with the chocolate and adds an interesting twist that will delight your taste buds.

Overall, this chocolate pepsi cake is versatile and can be paired with many different beverages and toppings. Experiment until you find your favorite combination – there are endless possibilities!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The secret ingredient that takes it to the next level
The secret ingredient that takes it to the next level

As a lover of baked goods, I know the importance of being able to make your treats ahead of time or store leftovers properly. With this Chocolate Pepsi Cake recipe, you’ll be pleased to know that it can be made ahead of time and still maintain its freshness.

If you’d like to make the cake a day or two before serving, it’s best to wrap it well with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in an airtight container. I’ve found that this keeps it fresh and moist for up to three days in the refrigerator.

Reheating the cake is also a breeze. Simply slice off as much cake as you would like to serve and place it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. You can also warm it up in a conventional oven by preheating to 350°F and heating for 5-10 minutes until it’s heated through.

If you find yourself with extra slices that you’d like to enjoy later, you can also freeze them. Wrap each slice individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them all in an airtight container or freezer bag. They’ll keep for up to three months in the freezer.

Overall, with proper storing and reheating techniques, this Chocolate Pepsi Cake recipe will still taste amazing even if made ahead of time or stored for later enjoyment.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Overflowing with chocolatey goodness.
Overflowing with chocolatey goodness.

Now that you have the recipe for the delicious Chocolate Pepsi Cake, it’s time for some tips that will help you achieve perfect results every time you make this cake.

Firstly, make sure to sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda to avoid lumps and achieve a smoother texture in the cake batter. This is especially important when using cocoa powder, which tends to clump together.

Secondly, be sure to measure all your ingredients correctly using a measuring cup or scale. Even small variations in quantities can affect the cake’s texture and taste.

When adding the eggs to the batter, make sure they are at room temperature. Room temperature eggs whip up quickly and incorporate easily with other ingredients. Cold eggs can cause the batter to curdle and create an uneven texture.

Incorporating liquid ingredients is also important. When adding Pepsi or any other soda to the batter, do it slowly and gradually! Pouring in too much cola at once will cause it to fizz, resulting in a more dense cake.

Another tip is to add applesauce or ketchup instead of oil for a healthier twist. This substitution will reduce overall fat content while keeping your chocolate Pepsi cake moist.

Finally, check your cake before removing it from the oven by inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean with no wet batter on it, then your cake is done! Overbaking can result in a dry and tough cake.

By following these tips, your chocolate Pepsi cake mix becomes easier than ever. These tips will help you master your recipe and achieve consistent fantastic results every single time.


As an experienced baker, I know that baking can be a tricky and tedious endeavor, especially when it comes to new recipes. That’s why I’ve put together this FAQ section to address any questions or concerns you may have about making this delicious Chocolate Pepsi Cake. So go ahead and read on to find out more!

Does adding soda to cake mix work?

Creating a delectable cake with cake mix is an easy feat that requires minimal ingredients. Instead of eggs, oil, or water, all you need is a can of soda pop. This unconventional ingredient serves as a leavening agent, allowing your cake to rise and achieve a light and fluffy texture. The carbon dioxide bubbles present in soda pop are the key to making this magic happen.

What is the secret to super moist cake?

Looking to elevate your baking game? Here are some tips to take your cakes to the next level. Instead of using regular milk in your recipe, try substituting with tangy buttermilk to add a depth of flavor to your batter. Incorporating vegetable oil will also add extra moisture to your cake which will make it all the more delicious.

To improve the texture of your cake, use instant clearjel or instant pudding mix. These ingredients act as thickeners and will help your cake hold together better. But beware, not all recipes are created equal. Make sure you are following a recipe tailored for your desired outcome.

Another easy mistake to make is overbaking your cake. This will result in a dry, crumbly cake that nobody wants to eat. To avoid this, use a toothpick to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, it’s ready to be taken out of the oven.

Instead of using individual cake pans, try baking your cake in sheet pans. This will allow for more even baking and easier slicing. Once your cake is baked to perfection, add an extra layer of flavor by brushing on a simple syrup or glaze.

Incorporating these tips into your baking routine will surely impress your friends and family with your delectable cake creations.

Why do people put Coke in cake?

Soda, besides saving time, can provide a boxed cake mix with a fluffy and elevated texture when baked due to the carbonation. Also, incorporating soda into the mix reduces the cake’s fat content as it allows for the exclusion of eggs and oil usually added to the recipe.

What is crack cake made of?

If you are looking for a delicious cake recipe that is easy to make, then you should try the Crack Cake. This cake is a delightful combination of yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and white wine. When you mix all these ingredients and bake them in a bundt pan, you get a mouth-watering dessert that everyone will love.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a unique and delicious dessert to wow your taste buds, try making a Chocolate Pepsi Cake using the recipe provided. It’s the perfect mix of chocolate and cola flavors and is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, with easy-to-follow instructions and simple ingredients, this cake can be whipped up in no time. So why not give it a try? Your taste buds (and friends and family) will thank you. And don’t forget to experiment with different substitutions and variations to truly make it your own. Happy baking!

Chocolate Pepsi Cake

Chocolate Pepsi Cake Recipe

I am a fan of soda cakes anyway, so I thought it would be fun to make one with a few new twists. Applesauce replaces half of the fat in the cake, while ketchup and maple syrup add a nice kick to a delicious cake. The English Toffee pieces add a wonderful texture and crunch. Very easy to make and tastes just as delicious (if not more so!) the next day.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Calories: 508.7kcal


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) yellow cake mix (I used Duncan Hines without pudding in the mix)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Pepsi
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Chocolate Icing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup Pepsi
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (to get desired consistency, adjust as needed)
  • 1 cup english toffee pieces


  • Pour cake mix in large mixing bowl. Melt butter and add cocoa powder. Mix until smooth. Add applesauce, ketchup, vanilla extract and Pepsi Cola to cocoa mixture. Blend well. Pour mixture into cake and stir by hand until batter is a liquid consistency (there will be small lumps). Mix buttermilk and baking soda together in a small bowl. Add beaten eggs to buttermilk mixture. Pour buttermilk and eggs into the cake batter and blend well. Fold mini marshmallows into batter. Pour cake batter into a greased 13” x 9” baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.
  • While cake is cooling make your icing. Melt butter in medium saucepan. Add cocoa powder and stir until mixture is smooth. Add Pepsi Cola, vanilla extract, maple syrup and ketchup. Bring to a slow boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. When mixture reaches a boil, remove from heat and add powdered sugar until desired consistency is achieved. Fold in English Toffee pieces. Icing will be a little bit runny at this point. Pour over cake and spread out evenly to coat. Let cake stand for at least 30 minutes before.
  • Prep Time: Cake – 10 minutes.
  • Icing 5 minutes.
  • Cook time: Cake – 40-45 minutes.
  • Icing – 10 minutes.

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Serving: 132g | Calories: 508.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 79.8g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 72.8mg | Sodium: 624.4mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 61.1g

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