CRACKER BARREL’S | Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake

by RRR
A cozy kitchen scene with a freshly baked Coca Cola Cake on the counter, surrounded by ingredients and a family gathering to share in the joy of homemade dessert.

Rocking Chairs and Rooftop Antics: A Tale of Cracker Barrel and Aunt Edna

You’re cruising down the highway, your stomach’s rumbling, and you’re dreaming of a cozy spot that feels just like home. Suddenly, like a beacon of comfort, you spot a Cracker Barrel. It’s not just any restaurant; it’s a place where the front porch is lined with welcoming rocking chairs, inviting you to take a load off and rock your cares away. It’s kinda like visiting your grandma’s house, if your grandma had a massive front porch and served up a mean chicken n’ dumplings.

Now, picture this scene in stark contrast to the unforgettable moment in the movie “Vacation,” where Aunt Edna, bless her heart, ends up strapped to the roof of the family station wagon. It’s a wild, slightly disturbing, but hilariously memorable scene that captures the chaos of family road trips.

So, how do these two scenarios compare? On one hand, you have the warm, inviting embrace of Cracker Barrel’s rocking chairs, a symbol of relaxation and simplicity. It’s like stepping into a world where time slows down, and all you need to worry about is whether to order the pancake breakfast or the meatloaf for dinner.

On the other hand, Aunt Edna on the roof represents the unpredictable, sometimes ridiculous challenges of life on the road. It’s a reminder that no matter how well you plan, things can go hilariously awry. But it’s also about making the best of a bad situation and finding humor in the chaos.

In essence, Cracker Barrel’s rocking chairs and Aunt Edna’s rooftop adventure are two sides of the same coin. They represent the comfort and craziness of life’s journey. While we all yearn for those peaceful moments of rocking chair serenity, it’s the unexpected Aunt Edna moments that often make the trip memorable.

Crafting Magic in the Kitchen: Cracker Barrel’s Coca Cola Cake

Ah, the journey of making a Coca Cola Cake at home – it’s like donning a wizard’s hat in your very own kitchen, ready to conjure up a spell of sweetness and smiles. You’re not just baking a cake; you’re weaving a tapestry of flavors that’s steeped in nostalgia, a nod to the good old days of family gatherings and secret recipes passed down through generations.

Picture this: your kitchen is alive with the hum of the oven, the air is thick with anticipation, and the countertop becomes your stage. There’s a certain magic in the process, a series of alchemical transformations that turn the familiar into the extraordinary. It’s about more than just mixing and measuring; it’s a dance of ingredients, each playing its part in the symphony of tastes and textures.

As you embark on this culinary adventure, you’re not alone. The spirit of countless family cooks and their cherished moments in the kitchen are with you, guiding your hands as you blend the rich, dark liquid with the sweetness that will become the heart of your creation. There’s a story in every step, a memory in every move, from the soft sift of flour to the gentle pour into the pan.

And then, the waiting – oh, the sweet suspense! The oven holds your masterpiece in its warm embrace, transforming it from a simple batter to a moist, tender cake that promises joy in every bite. It’s a test of patience, a lesson in the beauty of anticipation.

When at last it’s done, and the aroma fills your home, drawing everyone near with wide eyes and wider smiles, you know you’ve done more than bake a cake. You’ve created a moment, a memory that will linger long after the last crumbs have been lovingly scraped from the plate.

This cake, my friends, isn’t just eating. It’s an act of reveling in the simpler things, of finding profound happiness in the combination of soda pop and chocolate—a duo you might not think to pair, like finding a new friend in the most unexpected place.

So, go ahead, embrace the adventure of making a Coca Cola Cake at home. It’s not just about the cake; it’s about the joy of creating, the warmth of sharing, and the sweet, sweet taste of tradition, reinvented. Here’s to the magic in your kitchen and the smiles around your table. Cheers to that!

Don’t forget to try Cracker Barrel’s Hash Brown Casserole or Boston Market’s Meatloaf!

A cozy kitchen scene with a freshly baked Coca Cola Cake on the counter, surrounded by ingredients and a family gathering to share in the joy of homemade dessert.

Cracker Barrel's Double-Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake

Serves: 10-12 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 680 calories 27 grams fat
Rating: 4.0/5
( 2 voted )


  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Coca Cola
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Frosting:
  • ¼ cup Coca Cola
  • ¼ cup Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch Kosher salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a stand-mixer, add the sugar and flour and mix. In a saucepan, melt 1 stick of butter. Once melted, add the Coca Cola, canola, and cocoa, and bring to a simmer.

Once the mixture begins to simmer, carefully add it to the flour/sugar mixture and turn the stand-mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. While the mixer is whipping, add the eggs, buttermilk, baking soda salt, and vanilla.

Pour the mixture into an 11x9 cake pan, sprayed with baking spray. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.

About 10 minutes before the cake will be removed from the oven, prepare the frosting.
On a medium heat, using the same saucepan, melt the other stick of butter. Once butter has melted, add the Coca Cola, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt and stir constantly until mixture is very hot. Remove from the heat and place into the stand-mixer bowl. Whip the mixture on low, while adding the powdered sugar.

Remove the cake when it is baked thoroughly and immediately pour the hot frosting over the cake surface and spread evenly. Allow the cake to cool on the countertop, serve with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Enjoy!

For another great dessert idea, try Ruth’s Chris Steak House Berries and Sweet Cream.


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