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Cake Day Coca-Cola Cake

July 21, 2016

Don’t let the “cake” label fool you. This basically a big brownie pretending to be a cake.  In my recent trip to Charleston, SC., I got to enjoy this decadent dessert at one of my favorite Charleston restaurants, Jestine’s Kitchen.  Known for serving up southern favorites, this homey and humble restaurant often has a line of eager patrons wrapping around the corner, just to get a table.  This visit got me hankering for Coca Cola cake once I returned to Baltimore so I did a quickly google for recipes and landed on this one from Coca Cola’s website. It’s fudgey, rich and oh so sweet. And since today is my birthday, what better way to celebrate my cake day than by baking myself a cake?

Coca Cola cake from Jestine’s Kitchen

I left out the vanilla extract (I don’t own any) and if I make this again I will leave out the marshmallows (they added weird pockets of texture that I could do without). Other than that it was very reminiscent of the one I had in Charleston and satisfied my craving for this dessert. It also gave me the idea to try variations of this cake with other kinds of soda. Root beer float cake? Cherry Pespi cake? Candied Ginger ginger ale cake? Creamsicle Fanta cake?  I digress. Please enjoy this recipe for Coca Cola courtesy of Lee Avery Catts and the Coca Cola Company.


Ingredients

Cake:

2 Cups sugar

2 Cups all-purpose flour

1 Cup Coca-Cola

1 ½ Cup small marshmallows (optional)

½ Cup unsalted butter or margarine

½ Cup vegetable oil

3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1 Teaspoon baking soda

½ Cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Icing:

½ Cup butter

3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

6 Tablespoons Coca-Cola

1 box (16-ounces) powdered sugar

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

1 Cup chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 13 by 9 in baking dish.  In a large bowl combine the sugar, flour and marshmallows (optional) and mix well.



In a medium saucepan combine the butter, vegetable oil, Coca Cola, and cocoa powder and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over the dry ingredients. Dissolve the baking soda into the buttermilk just before adding it to the batter. The baking soda/buttermilk mixture should froth up. Add this and the eggs and vanilla extract to the batter and mix well.


Pour into the baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes (baking time will vary by oven)



While the cake is baking, make the icing. Combine the powdered sugar, pecans and vanilla extract (optional) in a large bowl. Combine the butter, cocoa powder, and Coca Cola in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over the sugar/pecan mixture and blend well.

Ice the cake immediately after it’s done baking. Allow to cool before serving. Enjoy!

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