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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Coca-cola Cake

Most of us love a coke. But what do we do with one of these unfinished family pack bottles that sit in the fridge after a party/ friends get-togather ? There is just no fizz left in it after being opened a number of times. Being bitten by the baking bug, i decided to use it in my next cake. Will the flavour really pop-out ? Or will it just disappear in the flour-sugar-butter mix.

Some quick googling threw up quite a few recipes. Somebody had mentioned that using coke as it is will give a very subtle flavour and we need to concentrate it by boiling before using it in the recipe ( i am yet to try this ). I decided to go with the subtle flavour and use chocolate/coffee to enhance it . Since coke  is already laden with caffiene, i dropped the idea of using more caffiene ( not good for kids ).

Since i had a cup of cream cheese sitting in my fridge, i decided to make a white chocolate=cream cheese frosting as well. That was the first and only time i have ever tried by hand at frostings/icings.

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO SUBSTITUTE DIET COLA IN THIS RECIPE. THE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS IN DIET COLA ARE KNOWN TO BREAKDOWN UPON HEATING AND RELEASE HARMFUL BY-PRODUCTS.

This one has been in the draft for quite sometime. So, Today i will finally be sharing the recipe for this delicious Coca-cola cake. Here we go :















Preparation Time - 1 hour

Ingredients- Butter ( 100 gm ), sugar ( 1 cup ), eggs ( 3 nos ), self-raising flour ( 2 cups ), baking powder ( 1 tsp ), cocoa powder ( 2 tsp ), warm milk ( 4-5 tbs ), coca cola ( one cup, at room temperature ).

For frosting - 1/2 cup cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup white chocolate, 1 cup powdered/castor sugar.

Preparation - Powder the sugar in a food processor.

Take the butter ( at room temperature ) in a mixing bowl and add the powdered sugar. Beat it nicely with a whisk till it turns a few shades lighter in colour.

Break the eggs in a separate bowl and whisk them till it forms soft peaks. Around the same time, dissolve the cocoa powder in the warm milk and keep aside.

Add the whisked eggs into the mixing bowl and mix them nicely.

Add the coca cola, little by little so that it mixes completely with the batter ( Do not add all of it in one go ). Batter will be very liquid at this point so do not panic.

Take the self-raising flour in a seive and add to the above batter slowly, a little at a time (This trick incorporates an extra amount of air into the batter which is very important in making the cake very spongy).

Add the baking powder to the last quantity of the flour being added to the batter. Mix well. (We need to be quick from this point as the baking powder starts working as soon as it comes in contact with moisture)

Add the cocoa milk mixture to batter and mix it well.

Take a baking tray ( 1 litre capacity) and spray it with a non-stick cooking oil/brush with butter. Sprinkle some flour.

Pour the batter into it and shake it gently.

For frosting - Take the cream cheese and butter (at room temp) into a mixing bowl and beat nicely. Melt chocolate in a water bath and add it gently .Mix well.

Finally add the sugar and mix thoroughly. Allow to cool for half hour before using.

Cooking: Pre-heat an oven to 175 degees celcius. Put the cake into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Prick the centre of the cake with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Else pop it back into the oven for 5-10 minutes.

Allow to cool down. Spread the frosting over the top (and the sides too if you like) of the cake. Sprinkle a layer of grated white chocolate.

Cut into generous portions and serve. Store the remaining pieces in an airtight container.

Note: The butter-sugar and eggs should be beaten separately as it helps in getting more air into the batter.

4 comments:

  1. A cake is always welcome in my life!! Your method is quite unique...will try it out. The cake looks soft & spongy...delish!!

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  2. Coca cola in cake, thats incredible, cake looks super airy and spongy.

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  3. Yeah....it was the spongiest cake I have baked till date...I guess the ingredients in Coke have something to do with it......Thanks for the lovely comments!!

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