Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Piece of Cake

A few weeks ago I came across a picture of this cake on Weekly Bite. I had never heard of putting cola in a cake before and I was intrigued. D and I are not big on soda, we rarely drink the stuff, not that we don't have other vices obviously considering I write a baking blog and have discussed my love of coffee, wine, and desserts all of which I would consider my vices, but somehow we have managed to steer clear of soda. I decided to make this cake for an upcoming 4th of July BBQ that D and I had been invited to. I am not the sort of person who tries out a recipe to make sure it works and tastes good before I bring it to a party. I came to this realization the night I presented this cake to our friends and a group of strangers and a small wave of panic came over me. I thought to myself what if this cake is not good or even worse what if it is gross after all it is made with Coke and cocoa and maybe this was a bad idea. At this point it was too late turn back, this cake was being served. Luckily the cake was delicious and everyone enjoyed it. I will say however this cake tastes best when eaten the same day it is made and while it's still warm. I would like to say I learned my lesson and that next time I decide to make something I am unfamiliar with I will test it out before I bring it to a party and serve it to friends and strangers, but I'm sure I won't, it's just not how I roll :)

Chocolate Cola Cake 
For the Cake
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups Granulated Sugar
1/2 teaspoon of Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 cup Unsalted Butter
1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup Coca-Cola
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan, then set aside until needed. In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon, set aside until needed. In a sauce pan over medium high heat bring the butter, cocoa powder, cola, and buttermilk to a boil, stirring constantly. Once mixture has boiled pour it into the flour mixture and stir until smooth. Whisk the eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl then pour them into the batter and stir until well combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

For the Glaze
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Coca-Cola
4 cups Powdered Sugar

In a sauce pan over medium high heat bring the butter, cocoa powder, and cola to a boil, stirring constantly. Once mixture comes to a boil remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar a little at a time until smooth. Once cake is baked, pour the glaze on top. Allow glaze to set up before cutting, at least 30 minutes. Enjoy cake on its own or with a side of your favorite ice cream.

Recipe from Confessions of a Chocoholic


  1. This looks so delicious! I haven't heard of coke in cake either. I can imagine between that and the buttermilk this is one moist cake. I cannot wait to try it out.

  2. Looks scrumptious and sounds really interesting since it's made with cola! I've never heard of that before but I'd love to try it sometime. I have to say I don't drink soda anymore though, but I'd be willing to buy some to make this cake. :)

    I roll the same way you do. I don't bother to test a recipe before bringing the final product to a party or serving it to friends/family. I make it and if it flops...well...then it flops. :)

    Fortunately it doesn't happen very often, but I do remember one Christmas or Thanksgiving my husband and I made lamb for our friends and the lamb was a total flop. But we're all laid back and relaxed so we ate everything else and learned our lesson about the lamb. :)

    Anyway, hope you had a great 4th! :)

  3. This cake looks so delicious. It looks very moist. I have never baked with soda but after seeing this I am going to bookmark and bake this cake!

  4. That is one delicious looking piece of cake. So fudgy and rich and irresistible. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/07/sweets-for-saturday-25.html


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