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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Coca-Cola Cake



1 box (15.25 oz) Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
1 small box (4 oz.) Instant Chocolate Pudding
Ingredients listed on back of cake mix box (eggs & oil - water not needed)
1 1/3 cups Coca Cola
1 stick unsalted butter
3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
4-6 tbsp. heavy cream or milk*
2 cups (packed) powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9x13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Prepare cake mix according to package directions. But instead of adding water, you will replace that amount with Coca-Cola. Add in dry instant pudding mix to the batter as well.
I like the Chocolate Fudge cake mixes but Devil's Food Cake mix works good too.
Don't worry, we aren't using that whole bottle of Coke.
With this mix, it called for 1 1/3 cups of water, I substituted that with 1 1/3 cups of Coca Cola.

Pour batter into baking dish and bake according to package directions (usually 35-39 minutes).  Just before cake is ready to come out of the oven, start making frosting. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, start melting one stick of butter/margarine.
 Add in cocoa powder and heavy cream (or milk, if using) and stir.
 Then stir in confectioners sugar.
 At this point I'll grab a whisk and stir briskly to get all the lumps out. Take mixture off heat and add in vanilla extract.
Once cake comes out of oven, pour frosting over warm cake. 
Do your best to spread it out evenly.
Sprinkle with nuts
Cook's Note: If you are using milk instead of heavy cream, you will probably only need about 3-4 tbsp. of it because milk is thinner than heavy cream. Just use your judgement on it. Or, you can always add a bit more powdered sugar to the frosting to make it thicker if you like. 

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