Mr Boo has an obsession with Vanilla Coke. I knew he always had a liking for it, but since they’ve brought it back he drinks little else! So, I got to thinking, I wonder what recipes there are that use Coke. People love the fizzy prune pop so there must be loads of ideas out there. And there are!
There were two that caught my eye. One from the Coca Cola site itself, and another from BBC Food recipes. I decided to go with the BBC Food recipe as there would be mutiny from Mr Boo for using a recipe for cake that used Diet Coke! It is a bit of a contradiction, especially when you look at the ingredients….
What you need:
250g/9oz self-raising flour
300g/10½oz golden caster sugar
3 heaped tbsp cocoa
generous pinch bicarbonate of soda
250ml/8½fl oz cola drink ( I used Vanilla Coke)
125ml/4¼fl oz milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the topping
2 tbsp cola drink
2 tbsp cocoa
200g/7oz icing sugar
What you do:
Pre-heat your the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4.
While the butter and cola drink are gently melting in a pan sift the flour, sugar, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a big bowl.
Then add to the dry ingredients followed by the milk, eggs and vanilla and mix gently until completely combined.
Tip into a buttered, loose based cake tin (24cm/9½ in diameter) and bake for about 40. The mix is very liquid, more like a red velvet batter than a standard sponge so make sure you cake tin is water tight!
Leave to cool on a rack before adding the icing. **Leave the cake in the tin!**
To make the icing, melt the butter, cola drink and cocoa slowly in a pan. Bring it to the boil and then add to the icing sugar. Beat until smooth and pour over the cake while still warm.
Again, leave the cake in the tin to cool completely.
The verdict? Always… Coca Cola! Really moist and light. I don’t think it tasted that “cokey’, but was delicious none the less. Cherry Coke next!