Monday, August 15, 2011

Bake Along # 7 - Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake

A coca cola cake sounds intriguing to me. How's the taste going to be like? Looking at the recipe from  Cake Keeper by Lauren Chattman, it seems like quite an easy recipe to work. In the book she mentioned that if we want a gooey fudgy kind of cake, we can actually bake it for 45 minutes insteado f the recommended time of 55 minutes to 1 hour. I baked it for 55 minutes and the cake was firm. It was dense and moist , a little fudgy here and there, like a brownie but the taste of coke was undetectable here and the chocolate flavour wasnt really that intense. It did taste a little different from the usual chocolate cake but i cant tell if it's coming from the coke. I supposed each cake has its own flavour and characteristics. I also made some cola icing which i found it on the internet, just to complement the cake. My two bake along buddies, Joyce and Zoe are also posting the same cake today, hop over to have a look too.

Recipe ( from Cake Keeper)
1 3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar ( i reduced to 1/2 cup)
1 cup packed light brown sugar ( reduced to 1/2 cup)
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa powder
2 tsps baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup Coca-Cola
1tsp vanilla extract
Icing sugar for dusting( optional)

1.Preheat oven to 350F/177C. Grease the inside of a 9" round springform pan or baking tin.
2.Whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the eggs, sour cream, oil, Coca-Cola and vanilla in another bowl.
3. With a woodern spoon, stir the Coke mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Do not overmix.
4.Pour the batter into the prepared pan.Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 55minutes to 1 hour.
5.Set the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Run a pairing knife around the perimeter of the pan to loosen the cake from the pan sides, releasing the sides. Use a large spatula to slide the cake from the bottom to a wire rack. Let cool completely. Dust heavily with icing sugar, cut into wedges and serve.

Cola Icing ( taken from here, made1/2 of this recipe )
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup coca cola
3 tbsp cocoa powder
16oz powdered sugar
1 tbsp icing sugar

Directions: Bring first 3 ingredientsto a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat, whisks in sugar and vanilla.


  1. The cola icing looks great! Did you use Dutch processed cocoa for your cake? I wonder if the use of Dutch processed cocoa would make the cake taste better.

  2. From the photo the cake looks moist and fudgy. Beautiful clicks too.

  3. Such a delectable looking cake. I've baked with 7up but not with coca-cola. I am going to make this the next time I want some chocolate cake. Thanks for sharing.

  4. very nice photo and the cake is tempting but wonder how the cola icing taste...hehe

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  6. You're right. It does sound very intriguing. I'm sure it was a fun bake-along :) have a great week ahead Lena :)

  7. Wow..cocacola chocolate cake!!! A piece please :p Just kidding but it sure looks good. I love dense and moist chocolate cake I will KIV this for someone's birthday :) thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  8. Great icing, Lena! Good idea with the icing! Never tried Icing with Coca-Cola before! And you reduced the sugar by half, I did too! Hoping over to Zoe's now. :)

  9. A piece here too if you bring for Elin! hahahahaa...just kidding.. can never resist good food/desserts!

  10. it is fudgy enough to entice me. Feel so much like sinking my teeth into it.

  11. This is so tempting! The combination sounds interesting, I like this kind of moist and dense chocolate cake!

  12. Coke w/o the gas taste like spice water. try leavin an opened can in the fridge, taste it few days later, and it doesn't taste anything like when it had gas.
    So, lemme guess, your cake has very faint hints of spices? But I guess the chocolate would've covered up all the hints :)

  13. The cola icing reminds me of a cola candy I have tried when I was much younger. Interesting and creative.

  14. interesting.... you are indeed adventurous when it comes to makes and bakes. but you said the coke taste was really subtle yeah?

    But if the qualities of coke doesn't shine through, then probably a rich and decadent chocolate fudge cake would be more indulging? :p

  15. Beautiful! I love the sound of that frosting!

  16. The cake looks pretty and fudgy. Will bookmark and try it later.

  17. For some reason the cola is making me wonder what a somewhat more alcoholic Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake will taste like? Hehe.

  18. Interesting recipe, like the idea of the comment using milk stout :-) Diane

  19. I first saw a cake using coca-cola was from James Martin's show and I was so shock... What? Coca-cola? I actually hv his recipe but didn't try it till now.

  20. DELISH! Wow, I am needing this now- not wanting it but NEEDING it! Amazing beautiful photos that just scream how wonderful the cake truly is

  21. Oh look so good. I am bookmarking this. Will be a nice birthday cake that I can make for my husband birthday. I am not good with baking so I am hoping for the taste...hehehe...

  22. Ohhh, love the curls you made! Just wonder how would it taste if I used A&W root beer instead, I personally don't really like coke.:)

  23. Hi Lena, I was only few days back reading about Ayam coco cola, now your coco cola chocolate cake.
    Wow! And I thought coke for drinking only, ha ha.
    Sure looks nice this cake.

    Love the way you took the pic, at angle.
    Very creative photography.
    I sure would love a couple of slices.....
    Mind if I copy this pic, Lena? Will credit you as and when I post about cakes and not women, ha ha ha.
    Have a nice day.

  24. while I am not a fan of coke, I can see how this will make it work!! The bubbles would have given this a fluffier texture as well. Plus, it's looks easier than making other kind of cakes too!

  25. Interesting combination! The cake looks very pretty too, love those curls! My first thoughts were I got to try this (I have a Coke lover at home), but a wee bit disappointed when i read the part that said 'the taste of coke was undetectable'. Nevertheless, i think he would be thrilled to have something like this, anything with coke goes!

  26. hi lena, coke in this cake- sounds interesting to try out one day. the photo looks very yummy.
    as you suggested, i want to blog walk over to your :) 2 friends and see how their version looks like or may be shaped diffrently etc...

  27. I have heard befor "coca-cola chicken wings" but not this. Really sound interesting!Like your coca-cola icing too!

  28. Whoa "its the real thing" with chocolate..first encounter yum! "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing *eat*" *coke slogans* haha..

  29. Eeks. I think my comment yesterday went into your spam maybe? I said something silly along the lines of wondering if there's "Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake" too... :P

  30. Hey, this is cool, using coca cola in cake.....

  31. Gosh! This is beautiful!!! Amazed that coke can be used to make such delicious looking chocolate cake...thumb up!!!

  32. zoe, i used hersheys unsweetened cocoa powder. I think the dutch ones would probably give a milder taste, not sure i havent tried on any dutch processed cocoa powder, the ones in the bakery ingredients shop usually are being prepacked themselves, no label nothing.

    chriskoh: yes, it is, i would actually prefer a stronger choc cake.

    Gert: i heard of rootbeer too but not 7up. wonder how's the taste of that..

    sherleen: the cola icing is okay, with a little hint of coke and sweet!

    shaz: you have a good weekend too!

    elin:yes, you can try but dont expect it to be a very rich cake.

    joyce: yeah, did any of you mention the cake was sweet earlier?

    claire: dont worry, i'll never forget your share if i bring anything over to elin! ha!

    edith: even without the icing, it tasted quite alright but it's not a rich type of cake.

    tze: to me , i find this cake quite mild in flavour but thanks anyway!

    wendy: i know about the opened can of coke. No hints of coke in the cake, the choc flavour must have covered up a bit, i wished the cake could be more chocolatey!

    tigerfish: yeah, i thought this was interesting too , that's why we went to choose this for our bake along. I also heard of rootbeer cakes but i heard of the reviews that the rootbeer is also quite undetectable.

    alan: yes, the coke may be too slight, but there's a kind of taste besides the choc. I would prefer a richer kind of choc cake but i'm glad i tried this cake to kill my curiousity.

    jeannie: ha! simply made that frosting to go with this cake!

    anncoo: thanks, but dont expect something very rich in flavour, it's quite a mild cake.

  33. Kenny: you know..there's actually a Guiness Stout cake, blended with chocolates and cocoa powder too if i remember correctly. Now i'm thinking that it could even taste better than this one. Btw, your comment did not go into spam, it's still there!

    diane: yes, there is such recipe on stout cake. Maybe can try that too!

    neyeeloh: maybe you can try using his recipe and see if you like the cake.

    jessica: haha! you always sound so excited, you're really nice with your words!!

    mkgirl: hey, sure you can bake this, not a difficult recipe.

    alice: i dont know but there are rootbeer cakes recipes out there, check from the internet.

    lee: sure you are goin to make a post on cakes? i dont believe you!!

    daphne: actually i thought so that it will be a fluffy cake but not very, not sure if i had overmix the batter.

    litehomebake: yeah, you bake this and ask him to guess the special ingredient..

    wan: thank you and thanks for visting my friends' blogs too!

    waikitt: yeah, the cola wings, i never eaten them before, have you?

    bananaman: wah, you still remember that?!

    kenny: your comment is till there. Look up!

    pete: Kenny just commented about guiness stout cake, i think that's really cool and kicking!

    cuisine paradise: thanks, my first encounter !

  34. oh a coca cola cake! i've heard of root beer in first time seeing a recipe with coke in it! looks really delicious and moist! :)

  35. Wow! Never heard of Cola cake before, Cola chicken wings, yes. The bake looks lovely, Lena. By the way, what's the difference between powdered sugar and icing sugar?

  36. Interesting combination. The cake looks so good, soft and moist .

  37. Eh? Either it reappeared again or I need a new pair of glasses. LOL

  38. wow That's a genius combination of flavours. Looks very moist and chocolatey!

  39. OMG... when I read the title... Cola Cake, I was captivated.
    I must give this a try...
    Super genius ~ from a Coke drinker :D

  40. A cake with coca cola as main ingredient? what an awesome idea! I love this idea so much.

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