Ann Reardon

Coca-Cola Bottle Cake

coca cola cake by ann reardon


I can hear footsteps, the cute 5 year old kind, coming down the stairs. I love his cuddles in the morning. He is sneaking up behind me and I pretend not to notice. His breathing is loud and obvious but I do not spoil the game. He is getting closer now and I am trying not to laugh. Arms wrap around me and I am entangled in a loving cuddle and squeezed so tight. It’s time for breakfast together while the rest of the house sleeps. The video will tell you all you need know about how to make a 3D coke bottle cake.

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To make the Coke Cake you will need

Coke Jelly

5 tsp powdered gelatin
1 L (0.26 gallons) cocoa cola (I found the jelly tasted a little watery, if I was making it again I’d concentrate the coke by boiling down 2L (0.53 gallons) to make 1L (0.26 gallons))

Stir together the gelatin with approx 1/2 cup of coke.
Once it has thickened, microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the gelatin.
Add the rest of the coke, stir it well and let the bubbles subside. Pour it into a tray lined with plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge to set.

coca cola cake by Ann Reardon how to cook that

Chocolate Discs
25g (0.88 ounces) or 3 Tbsp sherbet (to make your own see recipe below)
190g (6.7 ounces) milk chocolate (no need to temper)
Next take some chocolate and some sherbet.

Melt the chocolate and stir in the sherbet.
Squash it flat between two sheets of baking paper so that it is really thin. Once it is setting cut circles a bit smaller than your coke bottle.

If you can’t get sherbet you can make your own by mixing together:
2 tsp citric acid
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (or baking soda)
2 Tablespoons of icing sugar

Coke Cream
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500millilitres (16.91 fluid ounces) coca cola
600millilitres (20.29 fluid ounces) cream (what type of cream should I use?)

Pour the coke into a pan. Heat it over high heat until the water evaporates off and you’ve got 50millilitres (1.69 fluid ounces) of coke flavored sugar syrup left. Caution it is very hot, keep an eye on it because you don’t want it to burn. Leave that to cool.
Add the coke syrup to the cream and whip them together until you get soft peaks.

One 8inch (20.32 centimetres) round chocolate cake made using half of my chocolate cake recipe
One 8inch (20.32 centimetres) round sponge cake made using half of my sponge cake recipe

Cut each cake into two even layers then use a circle cutter to cut two circles from each layer. So you end up with 4 circles of sponge and 4 circles of chocolate cake.

Chocolate Bottle
2L (0.53 gallons) coke bottle washed a dried, make sure there is no water in it
160g (5.64 ounces) White chocolate
490g (17.28 ounces) Dark chocolate

Carefully remove the label from the coke bottle and keep it to one side. Draw a line where the coke comes to at the top.

Take a knife and cut the bottle in half at the level that the label covers.

If you are using real chocolate make sure you temper it, if you are not sure of the difference between real and compound chocolate and how to temper please watch the chocolate secrets video first.

Turn the top upside down and fill with tempered white chocolate up to the line.

Leave it for a minute then tip out the un-set chocolate, straighten up the edge using a spatula then let it set.

Pour some tempered dark chocolate into the base of the coke bottle and spin and turn it until it covers all of the sides. Tip the extra into the top and do the same with that one turning it until it is completely covered.

Then place them upside down to set.

Assembly of the Coca-Cola Cake
red fondant (optional)

To the base add some coke cream, a layer of sponge cake, coke jelly, more cream, chocolate cake and then a layer of fizzy chocolate.
Continue to layer it in this way right up to the top.

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Place the top half in a glass to help it balance and layer it up in the same way as we did for the base.

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Remove the plastic from the cake.

Stand the base upright and add chocolate around the cut, then place the top half onto it.

Use a knife to smooth out the chocolate at the join and fill in any gaps.

Add the label back around the centre.

Either add the lid back into place or make one out of red fondant as shown in the video.

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To serve:
Use a hot knife to cut through the chocolate and take a slice of layered coke cake.

credit to Marghi for using a coke bottle as a mold back in Sept 2015.
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134 Comments View Comments

  1. where is the video that shows you how to make it? i love that you don’t have to go on you tube to find them and now you do and you tube is not working!!!!!?

    • Hi Stephanie, The video tutorial is working correctly on the web page and youtube is operating well, so there must be a problem at your end. Common issues are browsers that need updating or missing plugins on your computer. If you are already looking at the youtube site, use their help desk as it can be easy to work out why you can’t see a video run.

  2. Can you do the same with Coca Cola zero? And how dark was your chocolate for the bottle?

    • Hi Line Saestad Walstad. You could make the coke jelly using coke zero. Unfortunately you couldn’t use coke zero for the syrup in coke cream. you would need to stick with real coca cola for that. Ann used standard dark chocolate, she didn’t use a high percentage dark chocolate.

      • hi, if I use the coke zero for the cream, what will happen? it won’t whipped or it just didn’t taste as good as regular coke? thanks!

        • Hi Margareta, Ann hasn’t tested this but it should work. We are unsure what will happen when you heat the coke zero, so you will need to experiment.

  3. Will boiling the Coca-Cola down still have the same effect as plain boiled Coca-Cola?

    • Hi Chloe, boiling the cocoa-cola down intensifies the flavour and makes the cocoa cola flavour more recognisable in the finished element.

  4. hi Ann .you have the most amazing desserts in youtube. you make it seem simple and magical .i tried this pepsi bottle and it came out fabulously.thanks to ur superb instructions. i am from india..kochi…known as god s own country..i wish u would make a visit here…it would inspire the bakers lot here 🙂
    love you

  5. Rating: 4.5

    This is the pic of the cake i made from india

    • Hi Jerin, Your cocoa cola bottle cake looks like the real thing.

  6. Hi Ann! I loved the Coca Cola cake! I even tried making one! I also got a question. I was making something and it said you need to melt candy for the cake. Do you have to temper candy or just melt it?

    • Hi Julie, The only time you will need to temper the chocolate in this recipe is for the chocolate bottle itself.

  7. Rating: 5

    This is beautiful, lovely post

  8. Rating: 5

    Hi Anne,
    Lovely cake to make! Made it last night for our party tonight 😉 it’s not perfect, but still looks great. Used the seeding method to temper the chocolate, worked fine with the dark choc, not so well with the White choc. Shared it on my Facebook page simply sweet sugar craft by Jes, and credited you 🙂

    • Hi Jes, Thanks for the shout out. You have done a fabulous job.

  9. Hi Ann, I would love to take part in the t-shirt poll as I’m a big fan of your blog and channel, but I don’t seem to be able to access it as I don’t have a Google account. Is there a way round this? Thanks 🙂

  10. Rating: 5

    This is beautify, lovely more strength

  11. Hi Ann! I have seen cocoa butter circles at my local supermarket, could I grate these and then replace the freeze dried cocoa butter with the the cocoa butter buttons?

    • Hi Charlotte, are you meaning for tempering chocolate? If so then if it is tempered yes you could

  12. Rating: 4.5

    Thank you Ann that was amazing, I cant wait to try it

    • thanks Robyn

  13. Rating: 4

    This is a great looking cake can’t wait to try it. Working on the 10 book cake right now.

    Can you do a Yoshi cake? This is from the super Mario

    • Hi Candy, please do take a photo of your creations and upload them in the comments on those recipes I’d love to see them

  14. Rating: 4.5

    Great job again, Ann! I love the creativity you have put into this cake, into all of your works. It looks fabulous! Do you think I could use this to create a Pepsi cake???

    • Definitely, if you prefer Pepsi just swap it for the coke.

  15. Rating: 4.5

    Me and my little girl watch your videos every week on the other side of the world ( the netherlands). We Love your work. If you’re looking for inspiration for a new cake I’d like to suggest a lego friends cake. Its this girls lego theme. My daughter loves the characters.

    • Hi Dutchie, Thanks for watching the videos with your daughter every week. My kids love lego too, not so much the lego friends obviously.

  16. Rating: 5

    Dear Ann, I made this Pepsi one for my husband´s birthday in 2014 (he likes Pepsi better!). And I filled it with churros cake and dulce de leche. Your version is more challenging and looks more spectacular. Will try it too! 😉

    • Hi Fernanda, well done, looks good and sounds yummy

  17. Hey Ann!
    Can you put a cup cake with a How to cook that logo on it.
    See you later.

  18. I think u bake like a artist but for a person who is starting its very complicated. Pls also put up some normal baking recepies. Im filing all yours till i become a pro

  19. Awesome.

    • Thanks Kumud

  20. Yo! Can u pls do easter desert and harry potter desert? Thanks!

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