The holiday season is a time for traditions. From decorating your Christmas tree, explaining the difference between a hanukkiah and a menorah, watching a beloved holiday special on tv to simply putting your snow tires on, everyone has something this time of year. For most people, food is perhaps the unifying tradition that ties us all together. Everyone has that one treat that they simply can’t get enough of when the snow starts falling and the music at the grocery store takes on a distinctly upbeat (and at times repetitive) vibe. From fruit cake and candy canes to sufganiyot and Hanukkah gelt, what these food traditions all have in common is an uncanny ability to transport you to a special time and place full of music, laughter and family.

Here at Coca-Cola we’d like to offer a little variety to that holiday treat platter with a fantastic recipe featuring the newest addition to the Coca-Cola family: Coca-Cola Life. Sweetened with a combination of cane sugar and zero-calorie stevia extract, Coca-Cola Life has half the calories of a regular cola making it a great option to bake with.

As always please share your photos of this recipe or other ways that Coca-Cola plays a role in your holiday traditions. Enjoy and Seasons Greetings from Coca-Cola Canada!

Coca-Cola Life Christmas Cake

Makes a 10 slice loaf



Coca-Cola Life®

1 222mL mini-can

Dried, Pitted Dates (Roughly Chopped)

1 cup

Dried Cranberries

¼ cup

Dried Blueberries

¼ cup

Self-rising flour

1 cup

Pecans or Walnuts (Chopped)

1/3 cup

Eggs (Lightly Beaten)



2 tbs

Baking Soda

1 tsp


4 tbs

Ground mixed spice

2 tsp

Ground Cinnamon

1 tsp

  • Grease a loaf tin and preheat the oven to 350⁰ C.
  • Heat the Coca-Cola Life and water in a medium pan until boiling.
  • Remove from heat and stir in dates, baking soda, then stir in the cranberries, blueberries and honey. Mix well and allow to cool.
  • Sift the flour with the mixed spices and cinnamon, then add to the cooled date mixture. Stir in the eggs and nuts.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1 to 1 ¼ hours, or until a fork inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cover with foil if the cake becomes too brown. Leave to cool in loaf pan.