Cake of The Week: Co-Cola Cake

The Coca Cola Cake (or Cola Cake, or Coke Cake) became popular in the late sixties.  How the cake came about seems to be a mystery.  Most fingers point to bakers being thrifty with what they had on hand.  This sheet cake was popular dessert at parties, mostly throughout the south.  (Us southerners can whip up a magical dessert out of ANYTHING.  Example: snow cream)


I seem to be on a roll baking cakes that have odd ingredients.  I’m sure when the beau took this one to work, it was a received a bit better than last week’s Tomato Soup Cake.

I found a recipe by Southern Living (surprise!) back in 2002.  The recipe does seem to contain a little bit of everything and supports the theory that this cake was a Frankenstein of the kitchen cupboard.  (I’m low on sugar.  What can I put in this sheet cake?  I have some Co-Cola and some marshmallows!)

The Cake:  The cake is incredibly moist.  So moist that when I removed it from the oven after the allotted bake time, it still jiggled.  The beau witnessed me standing in the kitchen, hands in oven mitts, shaking the cake pan liked it owed me money.  I used a toothpick to test it again and it came out clean.  It was much like a cheesecake fresh out of the oven.  I fought my urges to bake it longer.  I was sure that this baby was still a pit of gooey lava.  I’m glad that I didn’t go with my gut.  Let your cake shimmy!  You’ll thank me later.

1 cup Coca-Cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Coca-Cola Frosting (see below)
Garnish: 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Combine Coca-Cola and buttermilk; set aside.
Beat butter at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar; beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat at low speed until blended.
Combine flour, cocoa, and soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with cola mixture; begin and end with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended.
Stir in marshmallows. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes. Sprinkle pecans over the cake.  Pour Coca-Cola Frosting over warm cake.
Note: Don’t make the frosting ahead–you need to pour it over the cake shortly after baking.

The Frosting:  Oh, thank God!  An answer to my hideous frosting skills.  A pour-on frosting.  There is hope for me yet.  I’m just going to make this frosting for every cake for the rest of my life.

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup Coca-Cola
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar and vanilla.

And TADA!  You are done.  You still have plenty of time to whip of some collard greens, pork loin, cheesy grits and sweet potato biscuits.  I know you are saying, Oh no you didn’t!  Oh yes I did!  We were having a Southern feast over in this house.

The beau rated this cake 7 out of 10.

Cake Of The Week will be on vacation until the beginning of the year.  I have to start making baked goods for all my neighbors.  Plus, I need to make this cake for my work Christmas party.  Merry Christmas all you bakers!


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