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Friday, May 23, 2014

Coca-Cola Cake

Coca Cola Cake | The Sweets Life
Coca-Cola Cake
When I was in 8th grade, our basketball coach suggested that the team stop drinking soda (or pop, as it was called in Illinois) during the season. Given that I was new to the school and the team, I didn’t want to be the only one chugging carbonated drinks from November to February and I quickly abandoned the Sprite that usually accompanied pizza on the weekends or the orange soda I was partial to anytime we stopped for fast food. The season came to an end and I discovered that I didn’t miss soda, and just like that, it was completely extinct from my diet. Well, extinct minus the occasional root beer float!
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Today, it’s a rare occasion to find soda of any kind in our refrigerator. When I picked up some coke to make our favorite BBQ sauce, I came close to tossing the rest, knowing it would sit lonely in the fridge until I went on a cleaning rampage and disposed of it. Instead, I did a little Googling and decided not to let it go to waste!
Coca Cola Cake | The Sweets Life
This coke cake reminds me a lot of Texas Sheet Cake. It’s not only a good way to use up the last of that bottle of cola, it’s also an easy way to get you chocolate fix and feed a crowd. The cake is rich and sweet enough that you only need a small piece to satisfy…although I won’t blame you if you find yourself eating small piece and after small piece!

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Coca-Cola Cake
from the Coca-Cola Company

-2 cups sugar
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 cup Coca-Cola
-1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
-1/2 cup butter
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-3 tbsp cocoa
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 cup buttermilk
-2 eggs
-1 tsp vanilla extract

for the frosting:
-1/2 cup butter
-3 tbsp coca
-6 tbsp Coca-Cola
-1 box (16 oz) confectioners' sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Sift sugar and flour in a bowl, stir in marshmallows. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, mix the butter, oil, cocoa, and Coca-Cola. Bring mixture to a boil and pour over dry ingredients, mixing to combine well.
3. In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda into buttermilk. Add buttermilk mixture to the batter along with the eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out nearly clean. Remove from oven and frost immediately.
4. To make the frosting, combine the 1/2 cup butter, 3 tbsp cocoa, and 6 tbsp Coca-Cola in a  small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and pour over the confectioners' sugar, blending well. Stir in the vanilla extract and pecans. Spread over hot cake and allow to cool. Store covered in the fridge.