Because I’m off on a Deep South roadtrip in a few week’s time (calling at Atlanta – the home of Coke, Savannah, Charleston, Charlotte to watch NASCAR, a night in the Smoky Mountains, Nashville, Memphis, Clarksdale, Natchez, New Orleans, a little town in Alabama and then back to Atlanta!) where I will be pulling much pork and sipping sweet cola; I decided tonight to bake my first ever Coca Cola cake.
I baked it, however, for Josh to take to work where they are holding a bake-sale to raise money for the DEC East African famine appeal and so I am yet to try it and decide whether or not it is tasty… fingers crossed. I will let you know how it goes!
To buy (for one cake and at least six cupcakes):
Cake – *125g unsalted butter (and some to grease the tin) *250g self-raising flour *200ml Coca-Cola *3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda *1 tbsp cocoa, sifted *300g golden caster sugar *2 medium eggs *125ml buttermilk *1tsp vanilla extract Icing – *3 tbsp Coca-Cola *50g unsalted butter *1tbsp cocoa, sifted *225g icing sugar, sifted Topping – *stars
1. Grease a couple of tins or 1 tin and pop a few cupcake cases in a tin whilst you bring the cola to the boil with the butter, and once this has melted stir in the bicarbonate of soda, which will fizz. Set aside for 20 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 190Oc/ 170Oc fan/ Gas mark 5. Combine the flour, cocoa and sugar in a large bowl, add the coke mixture and beat until smooth. Whisk the eggs with the buttermilk and vanilla extract, then whisk this into the cake base. Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and give it a couple of taps to bring up any bubbles.
3. Bake for around 35 minutes, or until the cake has risen and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Run a knife around the egde of the cake tin, pop onto a rack and allow to cool completely.
4. To make the icing, place the cola, butter, and cocoa into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, whisking until smooth, then stir in the icing sugar. It sets very quickly so carefully drizzle over the cakes before decorating as you like.
Let’s hope that this sweet and sticky cake raises oodles of money for a very worthy cause.