Friday, October 19, 2012

Chocolate Cola Cake

Chocolate Cola Cake - made October 12, 2012 from

There are some things you just know are going to be good based on the picture alone.  Click on the recipe title to take you to the original blog I got  this recipe from and you'll see what I mean.  That picture alone hooked me into trying the recipe.  I had made the Root Beer Bundt Cake from the Baked book before so I somewhat knew what to expect from a cola-type cake.  This one was along the same principles of using soda plus cocoa powder for the chocolate flavor.  It wasn't as dark a chocolate flavor as the Root Beer Bundt Cake but it had a nice touch of cinnamon similar to Diane's Chocolate Sheet Cake which I also like.

If you need a simple, crowd-pleaser cake to make when you don't have much time, this is a good go-to recipe.

One tip on the glaze: a lot of recipes like the one below call for sifting the powdered sugar to get out the lumps before you add to the liquid.  I find that more time consuming and still doesn't eliminate all the lumps after you combine the sugar and liquid (even sifted confectioners' sugar can clump when added to liquid). Instead, I strain the completed glaze after I mix it together for a smooth mixture.  Straining is more efficient and doesn't lead to overbeating the glaze which could happen if you were trying to beat out the lumps.  However, putting glaze through a strainer only works for this type of frosting that's fairly liquid and sets after cooling.  It wouldn't work as well for more traditional (thicker) frosting and that's where you may want to strain the powdered sugar first before using as it's not likely to clump if you're using a lesser amount of liquid ingredients that's typically called for in a thicker frosting like buttercream or cream cheese. 

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup coca-cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
  3. In a saucepan over medium high heat, add butter, cocoa powder, coca-cola, and buttermilk.  Stir constantly until it boils.
  4. Remove from heat and add to the flour mixture; whisk until combined.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
  6. Mix until just combined, pour into prepared pan and bake it for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  7. Prepare glaze about 5-10 minutes before cake is done.  Pour warm glaze over hot cake and let cool.
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup coca cola
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional)
  1. Combine butter, cocoa powder and coca-cola in medium saucepan and stir to boiling.  Once mixture boils, remove and slowly stir in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Then add in pecans, if using, and stir.  If your frosting has lumps, strain before using.
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1 comment:

  1. This cake looks so moist. You know I will make this when I need to bring a cake somewhere.