Chocolate cola cake

Chocolate cola cake

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8

Everyone who knows me knows I am sucker for drinking diet cola and snacking on chocolate bars. This recipe sounds odd but it tastes great and is so moist when cooked – I love it. If you prefer a thicker frosting, double the quantities for the topping.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g butter, plus extra for greasing
250g self-raising flour
300g golden caster sugar
3 heaped tablespoons cocoa
generous pinch bicarbonate of soda
200ml cola drink
75ml milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping:

Quantity Ingredient
60g butter, softened
200g icing sugar, sifted
2-3 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons cola drink

For the sauce:

Quantity Ingredient
king-sized caramel chocolate bar
splash double cream
2 tablespoons mini marshmallows, (optional)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a 24cm loose-bottomed cake tin.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Gently melt the butter and cola drink together in a pan, then add to the dry ingredients, together with the milk, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix gently but thoroughly, then tip into the cake tin.
  3. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes while you make the topping.
  4. To make the topping, beat the butter, icing sugar and cocoa together in a bowl until blended. Beat in the cola to combine. Spread over the cake and allow the topping to set.
  5. To make the sauce, melt the chocolate bar gently in a pan with a splash of cream (you may want to add a little warm water to achieve a pouring consistency), then stir in the marshmallows if using. The sauce is rich and sweet, as is the topping, so you may want to serve with one or the other rather than both.
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