Cola and marshmallows in a chocolate cake batter immediately spiked my interest. I didn’t realize that Coca Cola Cake was such a big thing in the south, but it originated there and continues to be very popular. Most of the cola cakes seem to be served with a gooey chocolate icing. (There is a recipe for that kind of icing here.)
Today’s recipe for Cola Cake is supremely moist, sweet and a bit fudgy. The tart-sweet sour cream topping beautifully cuts the cake’s sweetness and the strawberries are a lovely complement.
Cola Cake With Strawberries And Cream
2 cups flour
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 can (12 ounces) cola
1/2 cup butter, chopped
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping (recipe follows)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar and baking soda.
3. In a large saucepan, bring cola to a boil then cook until liquid is reduced to 1 cup, about 8 minutes. Stir in butter, oil and cocoa. Return to a boil, stirring occasionally then remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows until melted.
4. Add cola mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
5. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended.
6. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, whisking constantly. Transfer to prepared dish.
7. Bake until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes.
8. Cool completely in baking pan on a wire rack.
9. Serve cake with topping and strawberries. Keep leftover cake in the refrigerator.
Note: The cake looks pretty with the topping and strawberries spread over it. However, if you think you will have a lot of leftovers, you are better off serving individual slices with a dollop of cream and some strawberries. The topping looked kind of tired the next day on my cake. I would, instead, store it in a covered container in the fridge to top any leftover cake slices.
2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1. In a small bowl, mix sour cream, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.
Recipes from Taste Of Home
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