I was searching for ideas and tips on using soda (aka “coke” if you’re in the South) in cakes in preparation for this month’s Iron Cupcake: Earth challenge (soda pop is the theme ingredient). And that’s when I found it. And once I found it, I had to have it. Do you ever get those uncontrollable urges (needs) to bake something? What is *it*? Coca Cola Cake. I’ve never had it before. I found it on Southern Plate. But once I read about it with the cocoa and the marshmallows and the cocoa I had to have it. The coca cola addition was more a curiosity to me than anything else. I was no longer thinking about Iron Cupcake, I was only thinking about tasting this cake.
So I stopped at the store on the way home from work with 2 things on my list: marshmallows and a bottle of Coke. I had everything else I needed at home. And like a woman possessed, I baked. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with 13×9 inches of cake when I was the only one there to eat it but that was not a good enough reason to stop.
I was not disappointed. Although by the third piece, it was a little too sweet (the frosting is fudgy and sweet, and in doses smaller than what I ate is not overly sweet… ) Maybe that is a good thing… the cake kind of forces some amount of self-control so you don’t eat too-too much (three pieces is too much). If you’re looking for all-natural and good for you, this is not the cake for you. But if you are looking for tasty and easy, give it a shot. Dan loved it. And it stayed moist for days. The frosting sets up almost like a fudge. According to Christy Jordan at the Southern Palate, the coke tenderizes… and oh it was tender.
If you’d like to try it out, you can find the recipe here on the Southern Plate. I followed all of her directions precisely except for dropping my camera into the cake batter. I’m pretty sure that step is optional :)