Hello, internet! It feels like it’s been such a long time since I’ve made a post. I’ve been very busy this week, what with my new job and all! I started working in a local cafe and I absolutely love it! I get to make delicious sandwiches, serve soup, prep food, and I’m learning how to prepare coffee drinks. As much as I loved the Chocolate House of Ann Arbor, we did a lot of things wrong there because my boss didn’t know what he was doing. It turns out that we had been steaming milk all wrong at the Chocolate House, and now I have to learn a new way of steaming milk. The proper way of steaming milk is so much better – the milk is perfectly thick, frothy and creamy – but it’s hard to get the hang of. I’ve been a bit tuckered out with work, but I felt bad for having neglected my blog.
Luckily, my friend Tim’s birthday was a few days ago, so I had a great reason to get back in my own kitchen. If there’s one thing in this world that Tim loves, it’s Cherry Coca-Cola. When I told him I could make a cake with his favorite soda, I swear his eyes welled up a little bit.
I first heard about Coca-Cola cakes from my wonderful sister-in-law, Ariel. She grew up in Georgia and knows all about southern food. Coca-Cola cakes are a southern dessert with Coca-Cola inside the cake and frosting. Ariel gave me a really good recipe for a one of these cakes, and it’s been a huge hit every time I’ve made it.
This recipe starts with sifted flour and sugar and a few cups of marshmallows together in a large bowl.
In a saucepan, I melted some butter, cocoa powder, oil and Cherry Coca-Cola together…
…and then poured the hot mixture over the bowl of dry ingredients and stirred it all together.
At this point, I dissolved some baking soda in buttermilk…
…and poured that into the batter with eggs and vanilla.
|It’s okay if not all of the marshmallows melt in the batter|
Then I added just a drop or two of cherry flavoring and poured it into a prepared 9×13 pan.
I put the cake into the 350 degree oven for 40 minutes and pulled it out when a toothpick inserted into the center came out clean. While the cake was in the oven, I started making the frosting. The frosting has to be spread over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.
I started the frosting by combining butter, Cherry Coca-Cola, a drop of Cherry flavor, and cocoa powder in a saucepan and brought the mixture to a boil.
Then, I poured the hot mixture over a bowl of powdered sugar, stirred it together and added some vanilla.
When I pulled the cake out of the oven, I poured the frosting over the cake immediately.
|Sideview: Thick layers of frosting and cake in the pan|
I let the cake and frosting cool together for a few hours, and when it as almost time to start the party, I garnished the cake with some real cherries and those corkscrew birthday candles shown in the first picture.