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Coca Cola Cake Recipe-Thanks Mom!
Being raised in rural North Carolina by simple country parents had its advantages. I grew up with these basic rules: “You lie, you cheat in school, or you steal, you will regret it.” My parents weren’t kidding! We had no nonsense rules to live by (which I did not see at the time as being an advantage), but playtime was plentiful and Mom cooked hot meals and homemade biscuits every night….imagine! As my sister, brother and I took our rightful places in society as adults, it was such a treat to come home to Mom’s cooking. I haven’t had a homemade biscuit or anything that compares to her famous desserts since she passed away, but still have vivid memories of them and those awesome Sunday lunches-yum!! They were just the norm as children, but well worth the two hour drive home as adults.
Mom began to bake holiday cakes and pies for friends after she retired and over time her “baker extraordinaire” reputation spread throughout our town. She had more business than she wanted, but always made sure our favorite cakes and pies were on display whenever we came home for a visit. Honestly, my mom never made much money on her delicacies, for it was not her priority, and what little money she made went towards gifts for her grandchildren. Baking for her was enjoyable and knowing her talents were appreciated by others was enough.
Over the years, I have learned to cook rather well, but do not possess my mom's baking abilities. Cooking and baking are entirely different, and at least to me, there is more to baking than reading a recipe and placing it in the oven. There is an art to getting the texture and moisture just right,,, once again, I am a work in progress.
So mom, consider this Hub a tribute to you. I’m sharing one of the fabulous recipes you baked for us with my Hub friends, just in time for the holidays!
Coca Cola Cake
Can of Coke
Miniature marshmellows-1 ½ cups
Confectioner’s sugar-1 box
Pecans-1 cup- chopped
Vanilla flavoring- 2 tsp.
All Purpose Flour- 2 cups
Baking Soda- 1 tsp.
Heat to boiling: 2 sticks butter, 3 TBSP. cocoa and ¾ cup coke
Mix together in bowl:
2 cups sugar, 2 cups flour, ½ cup buttermilk, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 eggs
Add coke mixture and heat 5 minutes. Add 1 ½ cups marshmellows. Bake in a 13”x9”x2” pan which has been greased and dusted with flour. Bake approximately 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean. Temp-350 degrees
Heat 1 stick butter, 6 TBSP. coke, 3 TBSP. cocoa, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour over one box of confectioner’s sugar and heat-do not boil. Add 1 cup chopped pecans and spread over cake while HOT.