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Coca Cola Cake!

So, on our Spring Break adventures, my friends and I made DELICIOUS pizza, and I made a Coca Cola Cake!  It’s from Lisa Yockelson’s ChocolateChocolate book (which I recommend!  Highly!)

The recipe generally involves a bit more decorative complications, but the version I’m posting here is less so.  Also, the frosting makes quite a lot of frosting, so beware! (though, it is DELICIOUS frosting.  A bit sweet for my taste, but still delicious.  You might want to add a bit less sugar than recommended…just a suggestion.  I normally add less powdered sugar than frosting recipes tell me too.  So anti-authoritarian I am…).   Anyways, overall it’s a pretty sweet/rich cake, but really yummy.  It seems like my friends enjoyed it.  We just attacked it with spoons.  It was fantastic :D

Coca Cola Cake

I didn’t really try to make it pretty.  I figured that people were going to be pretty drunk by the time it was consumed, so it was not completely necessary.  Also we did not chill it before eating it.  Just saying.

(I just realized that the cake is on my lap…hi lap!)

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½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
½ pound unsalted butter, cut into large chunks
1 cup Coca Cola
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups caster sugar
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

1) Preheat the oven to 400 deg F. Grease the inside of a 13 by 9 baking pan.
2) Whisk the buttermilk and baking soda together in a small bowl. In a few minutes, the buttermilk will swell.
3) Place the butter, Coca-Cola, and cocoa powder in a large saucepan, set over moderately high heat, and bring to boil.
4) In the meantime, sift the flour with the sugar and the salt into the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Pour the hot Coca-Cola mixture over and mix on moderately low speed until thoroughly combined, about 2 to 3 minutes.
5) Blend in the eggs, vanilla extract, and buttermilk-baking soda blend. Mix well to combine. The batter will be thin.
6) Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
7) Bake the cake for 20 minutes, or until risen, set, and a toothpick inserted in the center withdraws clean. The baked cake will pull away slightly from the sides of the baking pan. (It took me like 10 extra minutes for the center to cook completely.  I’m not sure whether this was because the oven was being a failure or what, but it’s a good thing to note).
8) Let the baked cake stand in the pan on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
9) **Frost the cake: Carefully place dollops of the frosting on top of the hot cake. Smooth over the frosting with a small offset palette knife or rubber spatula, taking care not to cut into or dislodge the top of the cake. The frosting will begin to melt down a bit as you spread it on the hot cake, but it will set as it cools.
10) Let the cake stand in the pan on a cooling rack for 3 to 4 hours, or until completely cool. The frosting should be set and softly firm.
11) Sprinkled the top of the cake slightly with cocoa powder and garnished with chopped pistachio. (….I didn’t do this part.)

Coca-Cola Frosting

3 ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted
Large pinch of salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to tepid
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled to tepid
1 ¼ tsp vanilla extract
6 tablespoons Coco-Cola, at room temperature

1) Combine the icing sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.
2) In a small bowl, whisk the butter and melted chocolate until smooth.
3) Blend in the vanilla extract. Pour the chocolate mixture over the icing sugar, add the Coca-Cola, and beat on a low speed for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, or until just combined and smooth, using an electric hand mixer.
4) Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl frequently to keep the frosting even textured.
5) Use the frosting immediately, or press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface. The prepared frosting can be made about 15 minutes before using. It will firm up as it stands.

And then you CONSUME IT.  With your friends and stuff.  I probably have pretty pictures of a different time we made this…I’ll post them if I find them.