Chef Linton Hopkins is the owner and chef at Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Gastropub in Atlanta, GA. He is a James Beard Award-winning chef who was named one of the 10 Best new Chefs in America by Food & Wine Magazine in 2009. This recipe is part of his 'Cooking With Coca-Cola' video series.


  • 2 Cup sugar
  • 2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 Ounce melted butter
  • .5 Cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 Cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • .5 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • .5 Cup melted butter
  • 3 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 6 Tablespoon Coca-Cola
  • 16 Ounce confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla


  • Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  1. Heat oven to 325°F; grease two 8-inch round cake pans Combine melted butter, oil and Coca-Cola into a pot; bring to a boil Mix flour and sugar in mixing bowl Slowly add Coca-Cola/oil mixture to flour blend Add buttermilk and baking soda; mix well Add cocoa powder Add vanilla to mix Add eggs, one at a time Whip ingredients until well blended (batter will be loose) Divide batter evenly between cake pans Bake for 30 minutes Let cakes cool before removing cakes from pans. After cakes have cooled, remove puffy tops of cakes for a smooth cake surface. (Cakes should be even for layering.) For Icing: Combine ingredients for ganache icing. Smooth layer of icing on bottom cake layer. Layer second cake on top of icing and smooth the remaining icing over the top.

Video: Watch Chef Hopkins Create This "Southern Classic"