You know you’re from the North if you’ve never heard of using soft drinks to make cakes moist, light and absolutely delicious! There are 7-Up cakes, Mountain Dew Cakes, and Root Beer Cakes, but the most famous of all are the Coca Cola cakes. This cake was one of my beloved Mother’s specialties!
Most people are surprised that this cake doesn’t taste like Coke. The soft drink is there to enhance the chocolate flavor and make the cake texture so divine. Make this cake the night before serving to let the flavors intensify.
Yield: One 10-inch Bundt cake
For the cake:
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups flour, plus more for dusting pan
2 cups Coca Cola (not diet!!)
1 cup dark cocoa powder
1¼ cups honey
1¼ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
For the frosting:
2 ounces 60% chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup Coca Cola
2/3 cup dark cocoa powder
2½ cups confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat butter, Coca Cola and cocoa powder until butter is completely melted. Add honey and whisk until dissolved. Remove mixture from heat and set aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a small bowl, whisk eggs until just beaten, then whisk into cooled cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold flour mixture into chocolate mixture. Do not overbeat. Mixture will be slightly lumpy.
Pour mixture into Bundt pan and bake, rotating pan halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, 35-45 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cake cool in pan. Once completely cool, use a knife to gently loosen sides of cake from pan and invert onto a cooling rack.
Make frosting: Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse in short bursts until frosting is shiny and smooth. If necessary, thin with 1-2 tablespoons whole milk, pulsing to combine.
Use a spatula to spread frosting in a thick layer over top of cake. Let frosting set before serving.
Enjoy dessert Southern Style !!