Chocoalate%20Cola%20Brownies%20THDon’t these look swoon-worthy? My son got our entire family hooked on the cola cake made by Cracker Barrel, so I was delighted to find this healthier version of the treat on Holly Clegg’s website. The recipe is from her cookbook Too Hot in the Kitchen.

Holly contributed recipes for my book Dead Pan. She also tweaks recipes for those fighting cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. Check out her website for more wonderful recipes and information on her books: Freezer Friendly Meals, Eating Well Through Cancer, Eating Well to Fight Arthritis, Trim & Terrific Diabetic Cooking, Kitchen 101, Gulf Coast Favorites, and Too Hot in the Kitchen.

Here is Holly’s recipe for Chocolate Cola Cake/Brownie. If you get around to making them before I do–and just go ahead and err on the side of caution–please call me. Having posted the recipe, I feel responsible for helping you taste-test them before giving them to your family. We might have to test to many that you’ll have to bake another batch, but that’s okay. We’re thorough. 🙂 By the way, the symbols to the right of the title indicate the recipe is freezer-friendly, vegetarian, and diabetic.

Chocolate Cola Cake/Brownie                

This recipe is from: Too Hot In the Kitchen: Secret To Sizzle At Any Age with  200 Simple and Sassy Recipes

The secret recipe is now out!!!   I participated in a regional diet coke promotion and this recipe was all the rage each year so I am excited to share it with you and included it in my cookbook for everyone to enjoy now.

Makes 60-70 squares


1/3 cup canola oil

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup diet cola

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Cola Chocolate Icing (recipe follows)


1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 15x10x1-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In mixing bowl, beat together oil, sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy. In another bowl, mix together cola and buttermilk; set aside.

3. In small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda; set aside. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with cola mixture, mixing only until just blended. Stir in miniature marshmallows.

4. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven, and immediately pour Cola Chocolate Icing (see recipe) on top of cake and carefully spread. Cool to room temperature, cut into squares.

Cola Chocolate Icing This icing hardens on cake-delicious.

6 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup diet cola

1/4 cup cocoa

1 (16-ounce) box confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In medium pot, combine butter, cola, and cocoa, bring to boil. Remove from heat, and add confectioners sugar and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Icing will thicken.

Spicy Advice: For cakes like squares, make in 13x9x2-inch pan, bake 30-35 minutes.

Food Facts

Calories 84 Calories from fat 24% Fat 2g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 6mg Sodium 29mg Carbohydrate 16g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 12g Protein 1g Dietary Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat