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Pure Decadence

November 17, 2010

Decadence is exactly what this cake is. It’s moist and chocolaty, and gooey, and amazing.

Doesn’t that look amazing? Chocolate, on top of marshmallows, on top of chocolate. You know you want it.

This is a bit of a family, recipe actually. My grandmother made it for my mom, and she made it for us. Now, I’m not sure if GG made the modifications to the original recipe, or if Mom did, but this is the way it’s going to stay being made in my family, forever. The original recipe is from Coca-Cola. It’s one of their “Heritage” Recipes, and if you wish to do it the way they want you to, it can be found here.

It’s a pretty simple recipe for the most part.

In The Pot
After mixing the flour and sugar in a large bowl (and I do mean large) boil butter (yes, that is a full stick), coke, oil, and cocoa powder. Be careful not to let it burn, because then you have to restart.

Molten Chocolate
Pour the hot mixture onto your dry ingredients and stir. This is why a large bowl was needed. Mine is almost too small not to make a mess everywhere.

All Mixed Up
It’ll be nice and thick and chocolaty. Yum.

Wet Ingredient
It says to dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk before adding it. I’m not sure why this is important, but I do it anyways. Also add the eggs and vanilla at this time. Stir it all up, pour into a greased 9×13 pan, and pop in the oven for 35 minutes.

Freshly Baked
Doesn’t that look yummy? But we’re not done yet!

marshmallow fields
Pour lots and lots and lots of marshmallows onto the cake. Lots. Of. Marshmallows.

For the icing you melt ANOTHER stick of butter (Paula Dean would be proud) more coke, and more cocoa powder in a pot. None of my pictures came out very well of this, but it’s all the same as it looks just like the picture of the pot above. In fact, I used the same pot!

Icing
Dump the hot liquid into a large bowl full of a full 16oz box of powdered sugar, and mix until only slightly lumpy.

More icing!
Note: If you don’t do this fast enough, and it starts cooling down, your icing will start to thicken. But that’s ok.

yum
Pour the icing on top of the cake and marshmallows, scraping as much out of the bowl as possible (you can lick the bowl later). If you want to (and I always do) you can pop the cake back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes to let the marshmallows and icing melt a bit. It’s amazing.

Recipe:
Cake:
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola®
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

One bag Mini-Marshmallows

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans (optional. I never use them)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift sugar and flour. In saucepan, mix butter, oil, cocoa, and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over dry
ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9- by-13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven, spread marshmallows on top in single layer and frost immediately.

To make frosting, combine butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and pour over confectioners’ sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract. Pour over cake. If needed, put in oven at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. When cool, cut into squares and serve.

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