Jesse’s Cocoa Cola Cake


My son begged me to make his favorite cake for his recent 9th birthday. Wish granted.

Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess.

For the cake:

3/4 cup Coca Cola
(I prefer the glass bottles that come from Mexico as they are still made with sugar and has a bit of a different taste. However in this recipe, it really doesn’t matter)
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 8 or 9-inch springform pan. Wrap foil on the outside. This will prevent the batter from dripping all over your oven.

On the stovetop, melt the butter with the coca cola and the cocoa.  Whisk well. Allow to cool. Place remaining dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk well. Beat the egg into the buttermilk, add the vanilla then the cooled cocoa cola mixture. Pour into the dry ingredients and blend together well.

Now pour into your prepared cake pans and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Let stand for 15 minutes before unmolding.

Cocoa Cola Glaze – this only makes enough to cover a single layer. If you are going to slice the cake in half and frost the inside, then double the recipe. Freshly whipped cream is a great filling for this cake too.

1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
2 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. Coca Cola
1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Melt the butter and coca cola in a sauce pan and add the vanilla. Stir well and then pour, while stirring the sugar around, into the confectioners sugar. While the glaze is still warm, pour over the cake and spread along the sides. Leave to cool so the icing sets. Decorate as you wish.

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