Coca Cola Cake

Coca Cola cake

Happy Mother’s Day.  Woke up today thinking of my own mother and my grandmother, who passed on some years back.  My grandmother was a pretty special woman.  She was a very kind, loving person and I valued every moment that I got to spend with her.  She taught me a lot and I loved when she shared her recipes with me and when we cooked together.  One of the recipes that she shared, one that has been used a lot throughout the years, was her Coca Cola cake recipe.  I have used regular coke, cherry coke and vanilla coke in this recipes and loved each.  Coca Cola cakes have been around forever, and I tried many other recipes, but always go back to this one.  It just is better, not just because my grandmother gave it to me, but because it results in a better cake.

1 cup Coca-Cola

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows

3/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Combine coke and buttermilk.  Set to one side.  Combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda – sift two times.  In a medium mixing bowl beat butter at low speed till creamy.  Gradually add sugar and beat until blended.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat at low speed until blended.  Add cocoa-flour mixture alternately with the cola mixture.  Beat at low speed till blended.  Stir in marshmallows.  Pour batter into pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.  Pour Coca cola frosting over the warm cake.  Top with chopped pecans.

Coca Cola Frosting

1/2 cup butter

1/3 cup Coca cola

3 tablespoons cocoa

16 oz. powdered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring butter, coke and cocoa to a boil, stirring until the butter melts.  Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar and vanilla till smooth.  Pour over warm cake.


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