Are you a Pepsi or Cocoa-Cola person? This Pepsi Cake will help you make up your mind.
This is the best Pepsi Cake in the world, I promise!
When I graduated from college, I decided to be an adult and move to Atlanta, GA. No plans or security. I was just going to figure it out. I thought moving to Atlanta would be a good place to start my career and, perhaps, meet my husband and have some babies. Well, one out of the three occurred. I started my career. My first job out of college was a supervisory role with Target Stores. Not what I enjoyed or even, dare I say it, liked. Oh yea, I strongly disliked my first job. Well let me say, I strongly disliked retail. I had never worked in retail before then. Anyway, when I moved to Atlanta I quickly learned that you had to be on a team. A Cola team. You were either #teamcocacola or #teampepsi. Well I guess it is just the Yankee in me but boy do I strongly prefer Pepsi. People in the south love Coca-Cola. I guess it makes sense. I mean the Coca-Cola headquarters are there.
When I came across this delicious looking Pepsi Cake one Sunday morning at Cracker Barrel, I just had to make it! Originally this cake calls for the use of Coca-Cola, but I used Pepsi. Did I break some sort of rule? Maybe, but it is a rule that I’d break several times over. I am loyal to Pepsi and this Pepsi Cake is beyond delicious. I am not that huge a fan of chocolate cake but this cake, I will eat several times over. This is a perfect cake to make for large parties and even picnics. Heck, you can make it for birthday parties and everyone will enjoy it. You can use Coca-Cola but that would be a mistake. Enjoy!
* Recipe partially adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
- 1 c. Pepsi
- ½ c. vegetable oil
- 1 stick butter
- 3 heaping tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 c. sugar
- 2 c. flour
- 4 oz. Bakers Chocolate, melted
- 1 tbsp.vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ c. buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 stick butter
- 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder.
- 6 tbsp.milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 c. powdered sugar
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees and spray a 9X13 pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar. In a large sauce pan, melt the oil, butter, and add Pepsi and cocoa powder and bring to a boil.Once the mixture has begun to boil remove from heat and using a handheld or standing mixer, slowy pour into flour/sugar mixture. Allow batter to cool for about 5 minutes. Next, add Bakers Chocolate, vanilla extract, and buttermilk. Add eggs one at a time and finally baking soda. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minute or until toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean
- Allow cake to cool and begin to prepare frosting. Bring the butter, cocoa powder, and milk to a boil and remove from heat. Whisk in the powdered sugar and add vanilla extract. Pour on top of the cake and set in the refrigerator and/or cover at room temperature until ready to serve.
- * Note: the original recipe mentioned to pour the frosting on top of the cake while the cake is still warm. I allowed my cake to cool for about 20-30 minutes before I poured over the frosting and my cake came out fine.