Foodie Friday – Chocolate Coca Cola cake

One more cake before I move on to some actual meal options. This was a celebratory cake that I took to work to share after we were done with our crazy time in June. It was very similar to my mom’s famous chocolate cake, but I was interested to see how including Coca Cola in both the cake and frosting would turn out. It was pretty good! I didn’t get any complaints from my co-workers, of course, but they can be far too kind about my baking experiments. I’m planning to try some other sheet cake recipes to see if I can find the perfect one. Then maybe I’ll discover whether the Coca Cola made that much of a difference at all.

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 c (3 sticks) butter, divided
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
1 1/2 c coca-cola, divided
1/2 c buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c flour
2 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 c powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a saucepan, heat 1 c butter, 1/4 c cocoa, 1 c coca-cola, and 1/2 c buttermilk over medium high heat until it boils. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Whisk until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until combined. Pour the batter into a 9×13″ pan coated with cooking spray and bake at 350 deg F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

When cake is nearly done make the glaze by heating the remaining 1/2 c butter, 1/4 c cocoa, and 1/2 c coca-cola in a saucepan over medium high heat until it boils. Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Once cake is out of oven, pour the warm glaze right over the top of the hot cake. Cool completely to allow the glaze to set. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

Based on May Flaum’s Chocolate Cola Cake.