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20 Clever Recipes That Use a Can of Coke

Your favorite soda is more versatile than you think.
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Sure, you've heard of beer bread and Irish soda bread. But have you ever made a baked treat with a can of Coca-Cola? It may sound surprising (if you aren't from the South, at least), but the sugary soda is a perfect ingredient for moist cakes and other desserts. These Coke recipes will make you see the drink in a whole new light!

From cola-glazed ham to Coke Float Popsicles, the possibilities are endless. Crack open a nice can of Coke and get ready for a fun kitchen experiment. And for more fun facts about the soda, don't miss these 30 Secrets About Coca-Cola You Never Knew.

Traditional Coca-Cola Cake

biting into a slice of coca cola cake on a grey plate
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If you've enjoyed a Southern meal at Cracker Barrel, you've probably seen this tasty treat on the menu. The good news is that it's not too difficult to replicate at home! Fair warning: It tastes very sweet.

Get our recipe for Traditional Coca-Cola Cake

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

instant pot bbq pulled pork
Courtesy of Creme de la Crumb

This recipe lets you use your favorite soda can, so if you're more partial to Dr. Pepper or root beer, they'll work just as well. Plus, what's easier than making pulled pork right in your Instant Pot?

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb

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Coke Float Popsicles

coke float popsicles homemade
Courtesy of Lil Luna

Who says that Popsicles have to be fruit-flavored? This inventive recipe takes all the fun of a Coke float and converts it into frozen form. It's perfect for those hot summer days.

Get the recipe from Lil' Luna

Crock-Pot Ham with Cola Glaze

crock pot glazed sliced spiral ham on serving platter with apples
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

Ham isn't just for the holidays—and you can glaze it with soda, too. Give this unexpected recipe a try; you might just be surprised how delicious it is.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom

Coca-Cola Marinated Ribs with Homemade BBQ Sauce

ribs made with coca-cola marinade with ritz crackers and potato salad
Courtesy of Whats Gaby Cooking

If you haven't caught on yet: Coke is a surprisingly great ingredient for slow-cooked meat. It could be just what your ribs are missing!

Get the recipe from What's Gaby Cooking

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Coca-Cola Tres Leches Cake

coca cola tres leches cake slice on plate
Courtesy of Cooking Classy

Now that we've told you about regular Coca-Cola cake, what if we told you that you could even make a tres leches version? This recipe uses devil's food cake mix and tres leches cake for a truly decadent experience.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy

Cherry Vanilla Dirty Coke

glasses of cherry vanilla coke
Courtesy of Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Put down the rum and Coke and try out this easy cocktail instead. Thanks to Grenadine, vanilla extract, and vodka, your favorite soda just got a major upgrade.

Get the recipe from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Crock-Pot Coca-Cola Pulled Chicken

crock pot coca cola pulled chicken sliders on plate with pickle spear chips coleslaw
Courtesy of Flour on My Face

If a can of Coke works with pulled pork, it also works with pulled chicken! This slow cooker recipe couldn't be easier.

Get the recipe from Flour on My Face

Coke Float Push-up Pops

individual coke float push up pops with cherries and whipped cream
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

These are way better than store-bought push-up pops! And they're incredibly Instagram-friendly if that's your jam.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Amish Chuck Roast

chuck roast in pan
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

Have you ever had a pot roast made with Coke? If you haven't, you won't know what hit you when you try this slow cooker recipe.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom

Coca-Cola Brownie Crinkle Cookies

plate of coca cola brownie crinkle cookies
Courtesy of Sweet Phi

We love crinkle cookies in all forms, but you've probably never had ones quite like these. They're the perfect way to end a summer meal!

Get the recipe from Sweet Phi

Coca-Cola Cupcakes

red velvet cupcake with frosting
Courtesy of Thats So Michelle

Another delicious, Coke-based dessert is these fudgy cupcakes! Using boxed chocolate cake mix makes this recipe easy to make, but the Coke and homemade frosting give it a leg up against other boxed-mix treats.

Get the recipe from That's So Michelle

Three-Ingredient Pulled Pork

pulled pork on cutting board
Courtesy of Sweet Phi

If you don't have an Instant Pot, this pulled pork recipe is perfect for your slow cooker. All you need is meat, red onion, and Coke!

Get the recipe from Sweet Phi

Hickory-Smoked BBQ Chicken Wings

chicken wings

This recipe comes straight from the Coca-Cola store itself! If you haven't had cola-glazed wings yet, the summer is the perfect time to try this recipe.

Get the recipe from the Coca-Cola Store

Coca-Cola Chili

chili shredded cheese

Another Coca-Cola store recipe, this chili gets an unexpected sweetness thanks to, you guessed it, the addition of Coke.

Get the recipe from the Coca-Cola Store.

Pressure Cooker Coca-Cola Baked Beans

Baked beans

Baked beans are already sweet, so why not make them even sweeter with a bit of soda? Don't knock it until you try it!

Get the recipe from Kitchen Cat

Coca-Cola Marinated Ribeye Steaks

Black angus ribeye steak

This recipe comes straight from the grocery store, and we have to thank Hy-Vee for its innovative thinking! Coke and steak aren't a pairing you might think to try, but the flavor combination really works.

Get the recipe from Hy-Vee

Coca-Cola Sloppy Joes

sloppy joe

Sloppy Joes are another meat-based dish that benefits from the addition of a little Coke. You'll never buy canned Sloppy Joes again!

Get the recipe from The Cake Chica

Coca-Cola Jello Salad with Cherries

red jello mini bundt cake on serving knife
Oksana Schmidt/Shutterstock

Jello salad is one of the most retro dishes out there, and adding cola to it gives this recipe an even more vintage feel.

Get the recipe from The Food Charlatan

Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

pulled pork tacos topped with avocado and cotija cheese served with lime wedges and corn
Elena Veselova/Shutterstock

You didn't think we'd give you Coke recipes for pulled pork and pulled chicken and not add shredded beef, did you?

Get the recipe from Tablespoon

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