Coca-Cola Cake

This cake was popular in the '60s, and it's still good for a reason. Exceptionally moist and chocolate-y. The cake has three components - dry mix, wet mix, and boiled mix. The frosting has two dry mix and boiled mix. Put nuts in both cake and frosting or in only one.

Cake

Mix and set aside:

3 1/2 c flour
2 c sugar
1/2 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 1/2 c miniature marshmallows
1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans (or to taste)

Beat and set aside:

1 t vanilla
2 eggs

Set aside:

1 c buttermilk (or substitute; see below)

Bring to a boil:

1/2 c butter or margarine (or 1 stick or 1/4 pound butter or margarine )
1/2 c cooking oil ("very light" olive oil; "virgin" & "extra virgin" are too strong)
1/2 c cocoa powder
1 c Coca-Cola

Pour boiled mixture over dry mixture. Add buttermilk mixture. Add egg mixture. Mix well.

Spray Pam in a 13"x9" pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out pretty clean. Don't over-bake. It's easy to do this with chocolate desserts.

Boiled Frosting

Mix this after you take the cake from the oven, and it has cooled about 10-15 minutes. You want some residual heat in the cake to help the frosting (which is thick) spread.

Bring to a boil:

1/2 butter or margarine
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/4 c + 2 T Coca-Cola (6 T)

Add 1 t vanilla.

Pour mixture over a 16-oz. box powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 or 4 c). Thin with leftover Coke or thicken as needed. Pour over warm cake, spreading with moderate quickness. You want it spread before it stiffens. The recipe make plenty for the corners!!

Buttermilk Substitutes

I don't know about you, but I don't have fresh buttermilk hanging around. I often have powdered buttermilk on hand for bread-making, but if I don't have that, I substitute whole milk + a souring agent (acid, such as vinegar, lemon juice, or tartaric acid). If I don't have whole milk, I use whatever I have (including powerdered milk).

Buttermilk substitutes (for 1/2 c needed above): (1) 1/2 T (or scant 2 t) vinegar + whole milk to make 1/2 c fluid; (2) 3/4 t cream of tartar + 1/2 c whole milk; (3) 1/4 c plain yogurt + 1/4 c whole milk + 1/4 t vinegar. Let stand 5 minutes before use.


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