Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Coca Cola Cake

June was a big month for birthdays in our house. Which means lots of cake.

Parker's now the old man of the house, having turned 27 on Saturday. He refused to tell me what flavor cake he wanted, so I picked this one. I vaguely remember having something similar at the sorority house in college. And I was really excited that it didn't seem too involved.

Wow. This was so much better than I expected. It's incredibly dense and moist but the hints of cinnamon shine through and make my tummy happy. And it's quick and easy to make! Even icing is easy - you just pour it on.

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup coke
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, cocoa, coke and buttermilk. Stir pretty regularly and you bring to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately add to flour mixture - stir until combined. Add in eggs and vanilla, stir until incorporated. As much as I love my stand mixer, it's nice that I don't have to haul it out for this one!

Pour the batter into a greased 9x13 dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

For the frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup coke
4 cups powdered sugar

Again in a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, cocoa power and coke and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and sift in the powdered sugar gradually, stirring almost continuously (or as much as possible... not counting the times you stick your fingers in it). You could skip the sifting (I did) but you could end up with some powdered sugar chunks. Just sayin'. When it reaches your desires consistency (could be more or less than 4 cups p.s.), pour the warm glaze straight onto the cake. Seriously, just pick the saucepan up and hold it upside down over the cake pan. Awesome.

Allow the frosting a few minutes to cool and set and then serve it up. Enjoy!

Adapted oh-so-barely from the original by Confessions of a Chocoholic.

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