Saturday, 3 March 2012

Chocolate Cola Cake

I would love to take credit for this recipe, but the genius behind it is actually chef extraordinaire James Martin, but like I say...if it ain't broke don't fix it!

This cake is absolutely AMAZING! I can't compliment it enough; chocolatey, moist, sweet and oh so more-ish, you really must give it a go!  It may seem odd adding cola to a cake, but I promise it really does work fantastically.

Great for a dessert, a special occasion, or just as a really will love this cake as much I do!

Chocolate Cola Cake


250g self-raising flour
300g golden caster sugar
5tbsp cocoa powder
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
250g unsalted butter
330ml (1 can) cola
125ml milk
2 eggs, beaten
1tsp vanilla extract
200g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4 and generously grease a square baking tin with butter.

In a large bowl sift in the flour, sugar, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda and mix well with a wooden spoon.  Make a well in the centre of the mixture and leave to one side.

Place a saucepan over a low heat and gently melt together the butter and 250ml of the cola.  Stir occasionally until the butter has completely melted.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, add the milk, eggs and vanilla, and mix until well combined and smooth.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for about 40minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Leave to cool in the tin whilst you make the topping.

To make the topping; in a large bowl sift in the icing sugar and the remaining cocoa powder.  In a saucepan heat the remaining cola until it starts to bubble then leave to one side to cool.

Pour the cola into the icing sugar mix and stir well.  Pour the icing over the cooled cake and use a spatula to ensure it is completely covered.  Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to set then you're ready to cut and serve!

Belle's Top Tip
If you're making this cake for a special occasion or a treat for the kids why not top with popping candy to make a fizzy cola cake or decorate with fizzy cola bottle sweets for a fun touch!