This delicious frosting is the perfect topper for our Coca-Cola Layer Cake, or any cake for a soda lover. Like a traditional chocolate frosting, it is made with butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla, but we added Coca-Cola as well, to add a double dose of the soda's signature warm and spicy flavor. White sugar pearls give the top of the cake a fun and fizzy look, but they are completely optional.


Credit: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
About 3 1/2 cups


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Instructions Checklist
  • Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. Sift together powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt in a bowl.

  • Stir together vanilla and 5 tablespoons of the cola in a small bowl. Add powdered sugar mixture to butter alternately with vanilla mixture, beginning and ending with powdered sugar mixture, beating on low speed until just blended after each addition.

  • Beat in remaining 1 tablespoon cola to mixture, 1 teaspoon at a time, if needed, until desired consistency is reached.