National Chocolate Cake Day! How to make a Chocolate Cola Cake

by Sandy Pollock

I would like to start by saying you’re welcome.

Chocolate Cola Cake has been around forever. We had it a lot when I was a kiddo, but at some point it disappeared from my mom’s dessert rotation. Well, friends, it’s time to get our chocolate back on! There are tons of recipes for this dessert out in the world, but this version comes from my mom’s cherished recipe box (enough said).

This cake is decadent, with a ganache-like chocolate frosting poured hot over dark rich chocolate cake to create a deliciously gooey top layer. And it is crazy easy to make.

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Chocolate Cola Cake

1 cup cola

½ cup oil

1 stick butter

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

½ cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs, beaten

1 ½ cups mini-marshmallows

1 teaspoon vanilla

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Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a medium size saucepan bring to a boil the cola, oil, and butter.

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In a medium size bowl, add the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder. Pour cola over the dry ingredients.

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Mix well. IMG_5978

Add Buttermilk, soda, eggs, and vanilla.

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Mix well.

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Stir in marshmallows.

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Pour into a prepared 9 x 13 inch casserole dish and bake for 40 minutes or until cake is set and a toothpick, when inserted into the center of the cake, comes out clean.

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Time to make the frosting! This icing is the bombdiggity. It soaks into the cake and makes this gooey sweet layer at the top that is something to write home about.

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Chocolate Frosting

½ cup butter

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

6 tablespoons cola

1 pound of powdered sugar

½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

IMG_5994  In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the butter, cocoa powder, and cola to a boil.

IMG_5997In a large bowl, add powdered sugar. When cola/cocoa mixture has come to a boil, pour over the powdered sugar and whisk to incorporate.

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Pour icing over the warm cake immediately. (As it cools, the frosting will start to set up and won’t spread easily.)

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IMG_6008This is what it will look like after a few minutes. It may not be super pretty, but the beauty is that all that amazing chocolate frosting is soaking into the cake and making this gooey yummy topping.
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Do you see the top layer? Well do you?

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Chocolate Cola Cake

 1 cup cola

½ cup oil

1 stick butter

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

½ cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs, beaten

1 ½ cups mini-marshmallows

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pre-heat oven to 350

In a medium size saucepan bring to a boil the cola, oil, and butter.

In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder. Pour cola mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl. Mix well.

Add Buttermilk, soda, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.

Stir in marshmallows

Pour into a prepared 9 x 13 inch casserole dish and bake for 40 minutes or until cake is set and a toothpick, when inserted into the center of the cake, comes out clean.

Chocolate Frosting

½ cup butter

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

6 tablespoons cola

1 pound of powdered sugar

½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the butter, cocoa powder, and cola to a boil.

In a large bowl, add powdered sugar. When cola/cocoa mixture has come to a boil then pour over the powdered sugar and whisk to incorporate.

Pour icing over the warm cake immediately. (As it cools, the frosting will start to set up and won’t spread easily.)

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