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I would like a recipe for a Coca Cola cake. Thank you.

Dominic Miranda, Palm Harbor

Valrico resident Sandy Sullivan shares a cola cake recipe she's had since the 1970s. This is an ever popular cake and it seems many are familiar with it. It's super easy to make and is delicious. The one thing I want to stress when making this cake and icing is to have your mixer on the very lowest speed when incorporating the cola and — even if you do — be careful because its still likely to splash out of the bowl. The marshmallows magically melt while the cake bakes and any sort of marshmallow pockets on the top will be covered with the icing. If you have Pepsi instead of a Coke, use it. Any cola will do. The icing will set rather quickly so make it just before you plan to ice the cake.

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Cocoa and Cola Cake

1 cup margarine, softened

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ¾ cups sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

½ cup buttermilk

1 cup carbonated cola

1 ½ cups mini marshmallows

For the cola icing:

½ cup margarine, softened

3 tablespoons cocoa

1/3 cup cola

4 cups confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13- by 9-inch pan.

To make the cake, combine all ingredients except cola and marshmallows in large bowl. Beat one minute at medium speed. Add cola and blend well, starting on low so not to splash the cola. Add marshmallows and incorporate them by hand. Pour batter into the greased pan and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes in pan and spread with icing.

To make the frosting, combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Stir in 1 cup toasted pecans, if desired. Use immediately.

Source: Sandy Sullivan, Valrico

You Asked for It | Ellen Folkman 11/27/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 24, 2012 3:12pm]
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