Cola? In a cake? I was intrigued when I first found this recipe on The English Kitchen. I had never heard about anyone cooking or baking with coke (except that guy on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares who cooked meat in a cola sauce). I had to try and bake it! And it was weird. Let's just say that might just be the only time you'll ever melt butter and Cola together in a saucepan. Weird!
Chocolate Cola Cake
250 g (1 cup 2 tbs) butter
250 g (1 3/4 cup) self raising flour
300 g (1 1/2 cup) golden caster sugar
3 big tbs cocoa powder, sifted
generous pinch of baking soda
200 ml (3/4 cup) cola drink
75 ml (1/4 cup) milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 9-inch round cake pan.
- Whisk flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking soda together in a large bowl.
- Melt the butter and cola together. Add to the dry ingredients along with the milk, eggs and vanilla. Mix gently but thoroughly.
- Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
60 g (4 1/2 tbs) butter, softened
200 g (1 1/2 cup) icing sugar
2-3 tbs cocoa powder, sifted
2 tbs cola drink
Beat all the ingredients together until smooth and fluffy. Spread over cooled cake.
Unfortunately, I didn't like this cake. It didn't taste like chocolate (since there was too little cocoa powder in it) and there was no taste of Coke either. I don't know why, but I always expect food with label coke-flavored to actually taste like Coke. But it never does! I especially don't get coke-flavored lollipops. If anyone has a recipe that uses Coca-Cola and the finished product actually tastes like it, please let me know! I'm not done with this project yet.
Approximate cost: 6 €