Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 13- by 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar, raisins, cinnamon and butter, and mix until combined. Spoon the sugar mixture into the center of each apple.
Place the apples in the prepared baking dish. Pour the cola over the apples. Bake, uncovered, until the apples are tender, about 1 hour. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.
Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen