Friday, 8 March 2013

Decadent Chocolate and Cola Cake

Cola and chocolate cake is not one of cakes that come to mind when I think of when I fancy an afternoon sweet treat. But I thought, what the hell, it's Friday after all.
I baked it, iced it and tried it. 
Oh my cakey kitchen goddess, this is one smexy cake!

I had a little bite for my lunch break and was in such a blissful chocolate state that I was late afterwards! It's got all the best ingredients. Cola, chocolate and marshmallows! I would suggest that you bake it for a birthday treat, or a catch up with friends. Or you can do what I did. Take it in for some very hungry office workers and watch it disappear! 

Recipe: The Cake
·       250g self-raising flour, sieved
·       225g butter, at room temperature
·       290g brown soft sugar
·       2 eggs
·       2 teaspoons vanilla extract
·       250ml cola
·       125ml natural yogurt
·       30g cocoa powder, sieved
·       1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, sieved
·       200g mini marshmallows
Recipe: The Cola Icing
·       90ml cola
·       110g butter
·       3 tablespoons cocoa powder
·       250g icing sugar
·       A bag of cola sweets to decorate
·       Bowl x 2
·       Electric hand-held whisk
·       Sieve
·       Scraper
·       Saucepan
·       Wooden spoon
·       Deep baking tray lined with silicone paper

Step 2. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, and bicarbonate of soda together in one bowl.
     1. Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 4/350f/180c. Grease and line a big tray.
     2. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, and bicarbonate of soda together in one bowl.

Step 3. Creamed sugar and butter mixture.
 3. Cream sugar and butter together in a separate, until creamy. Add the eggs one at the time and then add the vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
Step 4. the cola and yoghurt mixture
    4.  Mix the cola and natural yoghurt together in a smaller bowl. Until it looks foamy and gross. (I know it looks awful but trust me it works.)
    5. Pour 1/3 of the cola and yoghurt mix into the creamed butter and sugar, then mix in 1/3 flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda mix. Add another 1/3 of the liquid mixture, mix again and then add an additional 1/3 flour mixture. Do this a third and final time so that all of the flour and cola mixture is incorporated into one bowl.
Step 6. Add the marshmallows
   6. Add the mini marshmallows and stir in with a scraper.
Step 7. Into the tray it goes.
Step 8. Cool on a wire rack

   7. Pour the cake batter into the prepared tray and bake for 35-40 minutes. Once baked leave in the tray for about 15 minutes and transfer carefully, to a wire rack.
Step 8. Add the cola, cocoa and butter in a saucepan.
Step 8. Bring to the boil and keep stirring
   8.To make the icing, put the cola, butter and cocoa powder into a saucepan, until the butter is melted. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
   9. Sieve the icing sugar into a big bowl and pour the chocolate butter mixture into it.
Step 10. Spread that icing!
  10. Whisk until all of the icing sugar has been incorporated.  Leave the icing to thicken in the fridge. Once the cake and the icing have both cooled spread the icing over the cake and decorate with cola bottle sweets.

Bake on!

Bake On! Penny x
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