Coca-Cola Cake

[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

This cake is moist and rich, with a thick layer of chocolate icing. It's delicious at room temperature, but it's even better eaten warm—as soon as it cools a bit in the pan, ice it and serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Coca-Cola Cake

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 12
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:1 hour, 30 minutes
Special equipment:13- by 9-inch baking pan, cooling rack, small saucepan, large saucepan, whisk
This recipe appears in: Let Them Eat: Coca-Cola Cake

Ingredients

  • For the Cake
  • Baking spray
  • 2 cups (about 10 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
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  • For the Icing
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
  • 16 ounces confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)

Procedures

  1. 1

    For the Cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with baking spray. Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, and salt in large bowl.

  2. 2

    Bring butter, cocoa powder, and Coca-Cola to boil in small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until mixture is homogeneous, and stir into flour mixture.

  3. 3

    Stir baking soda into buttermilk until completely dissolved and add to flour mixture; whisk to combine. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Stir in marshmallows.

  4. 4

    Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Transfer cake to cooling rack and cool 10 minutes, then make icing.

  5. 5

    For the Icing: Bring butter, cocoa powder, and Coca-Cola to boil in large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Whisk in sugar, vanilla, salt, and (optional) pecans and pour onto cake immediately, spreading and swirling decoratively with back of a soup spoon. Serve warm, or cool to room temperature.

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