Sunday, September 30, 2007

Coke Cake (aka Tony's Favorite Cake)

This is Tony's absolute favorite cake! His birthday is tomorrow and when I asked what kind of cake he wanted he said "A Coke Cake, of course!". It's an old fashioned chocolate cake with a light chocolate flavor. It is definitely NOT a healthy cake- anything with equal parts flour and sugar and that includes both butter AND oil is going to be sweet and sinful! I suggested trying to make a Diet Coke Cake and Tony looked at me like I had lost my mind!

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 T cocoa
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
1/2 cup small marshmallows
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs

1 box powdered sugar
3 T cocoa
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 t vanilla
1 cup pecans (optional)
6 T Coca-Cola

Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour and sugar in large mixing bowl. Set aside. In small saucepan, bring the following to a boil; butter, cocoa, oil, and Coke. Remove from heat and add to the dry ingredients; mix by hand. Add vanilla, soda, marshmallows, sour cream, and eggs. Mix well. Bake in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan for 45 minutes.

Icing: Melt butter, cocoa, and Coke in small saucepan. Place powdered sugar in large bowl. Pour hot Coke mixture over sugar and stir till well mixed. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour over warm cake.

TIP OF THE DAY: While this cake is baking, start the icing but do NOT finish it. The icing needs to be warm and needs to be poured on the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. I use the same saucepan for the cake and icing- it includes the same ingredients so you don't even have to rinse it out. As soon as the cake goes in the oven, I put the cocoa, butter, and Coke in the saucepan and set it on the stove- but do not turn the burner on. The butter usually melts while it sits there. I get the powder sugar ready and when there are about 3 minutes left in the baking time, I turn it on and start the icing.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 30 minutes