James Martin’s Cola Cake

James Martin’s Cola Cake



250g self raising flour
300g golden caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
3 heaped tablespoons cocoa
2 eggs
teaspoon vanilla extract
200ml milk
250g butter
75ml milk


200g icing sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons cola
100g butter

Loose bottomed 9 inch cake tin, buttered.
Large mixing bowl.
Small mixing bowl.
Small pan.

Preheat oven to Gas 4/180C.

Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and mix. Add the eggs and vanilla.

In a pan melt the butter and cola, making sure it does not boil. Take off the heat and add in the milk.

Start to combine the eggs/vanilla/flour mix then pour in half the liquid mixture from the pan. Give it a quick whisk (by hand) then add the remaining liquid and wish until lumps have gone and bubbles start appearing. It is quite a runny cake mix, this is how it should be! Pour into your prepared tin and bake for 50 mins to 1 hour – a skewer should come out clean.


For the icing put the icing  sugar and cocoa into a small mixing bowl, mix. Melt the butter and cola in a small pan, again, make sure it does not boil. Turn off heat and pour half into the icing sugar, whisk to combine (by hand again) and then add remaining liquid and whisk until smooth. Pour over your cake and leave to cool. Once cool remove the cake tin ring and enjoy!

Lovely by itself or warm with ice cream!