Coke is one of my guilty pleasures. Kicking the “Real Coke” habit is one of my greatest victories.
I’m now a Coke Zero fiend, thanks to my skinny, yoga-toned daughter Molly. Thank you, Dear!!
But this cake is a different story. It was introduced to me by my beloved mother L.J. My Oldest Friend Mary Ann and I actually laughed when she told us about it. That was until we tasted it….
It’s one of the best we’ve ever tasted. And even better with honey…
1 cup Coca-Cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup honey
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Coca-Cola Frosting (recipe follows)
Garnish: 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Combine Coca-Cola and buttermilk; set aside.
Beat butter at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar and honey; beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat at low speed until blended.
Combine flour, cocoa, and soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with cola mixture; begin and end with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended.
Stir in marshmallows. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes. Spread Coca-Cola Frosting over warm cake; garnish, if desired.
Coca Cola Frosting
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup Coca-Cola
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; Beat in sugar and vanilla until consistency of firm frosting.