And now for something completely different…It’s Cola Cake! It’s loaded with sugar and butter and might not be the prettiest of the bunch, but it’s got heart and personality that sets it apart from other fancy pants desserts! It also washes down quite nicely with an ice-cold beer (or milk, of course!) We found this crazy recipe in a fantastic cook book called The Great American Bake Sale whose aim is to fight childhood hunger and make life a little sweeter. Not only does this rich, delectable cake put a smile on your face, it opens your imagination to the unique ingredients you can throw into baked goods! We are all about getting creative with our food and Cola Cake proved to be a great baking adventure. Open your mind and take a bite!
Cola Cake with Broiled Peanut Butter Frosting
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, melted2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 cup of your favorite cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmellows
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar (lightly packed)
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup whole milk
2/3 cup chopped salted nuts
Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour one 9×13 inch cake pan. For the cake, in a large bowl, combine the flour and the sugar with a wooden spoon. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, cocoa and cola and our this into the dry mix. Stir until well blended. Add the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla and mix until blended. Fold in the marsh mellows. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. While the cake cools slightly, make the frosting, which you should apply while the cake is warm. Preheat the oven to broil. For the frosting, in a large bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Stir in the milk and fold in the nuts. Spread the frosting evenly over the top of the cake. Place the cake in the oven and broil for 20 to 30 seconds, or until frosting starts to bubble. WATCH CAREFULLY. The end result should be a nice caramelized peanut butter topping!
Cola Cake and it’s peanut buttery topping deserve the perfect sidekick. We washed ours down with a smooth, creamy, and sweet Left Hand Milk Stout! ( Imagine a chunky peanut butter sandwich with a tall glass of ice-cold milk). Don’t forget to try out the other great Left Hand Brews at the Craft Brew Fest this weekend!