Friday, July 18, 2008

Chocolate Pepsi Cake with Chocolate Pepsi Frosting

I have received requests for the Chocolate Pepsi Cake with Chocolate Pepsi Frosting that yielded $45.00, at the Dessert Auction, at church.

When I was taking Home Economics in high school, one of the cakes we made was a Coca Cola Cocoa Cake. I began cooking when I was seven, was preparing family meals by ten, and putting together my own little concoctions and recipes by then as well. When my Home Ec teacher passed out the recipes to choose from for that week's project, I influenced my group of four students to give the Coca Cola Cocoa Cake a whirl. I just knew the marshmallows in the batter were too much and it would be more of a Coca Cola Cocoa Mess... or a batch of really gooey brownies, at best. I persuaded the group to do this one by reminding them we could all bring in Coca Cola and drink it, without repercussion. So, Coca Cola Cocoa Cake it was!

I will spare you the details, suffice it to say that cake was delicious. Moist, but no batch of brownies... and no messy goo. Amazing and memorable.

For years I looked for a recipe that resembled this cake. This was before access to the internet. I even asked Maggie, my Home Economics (retired by this time) teacher if she remembered the cake and had the recipe. She remembered the incident (she smiled, I sighed), but did not have the recipe. Some time ago, I found a recipe that I believe is very close if not exactly like the one from Home Ec. With some playing around and tweaking, this is the recipe I used for the Dessert Auction at church, and made a second for my daughter's family. This cake truly is better the next, and the next~next day. The next time I make this, I am going to use Coca Cola. I've been using Pepsi Cola, since that is what the recipe calls for. When I start using Coca Cola, I will call it... Coca Cola Cocoa Cake. :~)
UPDATE:   I did make this again with Coca Cola and you can read about that here.

This the recipe as I have tweaked it.

Chocolate Pepsi Cake with Chocolate Pepsi Frosting

In large bowl sift together:

2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour

Mix in saucepan:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Canola oil
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Pepsi Cola (warm)

Bring to boil, pour over dry mixture and stir some.

Then add:

1/2 cup buttermilk
1~1/2 teaspoons soda
2 eggs ( I use Extra Large)
1~1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1~3/4 cup miniature marshmallows

Mix all together well, marshmallows should melt, then pour into well greased pan 13x9x2. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.

Mix in saucepan and bring to boil:

1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons cocoa
6~7 tablespoons Pepsi Cola

Remove from stove and add:

1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans (chopped)

Mix and spread over hot cake.

I use a hand mixer for both cake and frosting, but you can get away with just mixing well with a spoon.
You may not get $45. from friends or family by serving this cake, but the love and accolades should flow!



Kim said...

Thank you, my friend! My youngest wants a chocolate cake for her birthday next month. Guess which one I'm making?

Teresa said...

I think you will like it. It is really good. Let me know how it goes over.

Mary said...

Teresa, this sounds delish! And I love the story that goes with it. Thanks for sharing both :~)

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