Monday, August 15, 2011

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

I love both chocolate and coca cola, but I wasn't too sure if I would like them as much in combination...

Lena from Frozen Wings has chosen this recipe for our bake-along. Like her, both Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and I are curious too to try out this interesting combination.

This recipe is from the book, Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman. In the book, Lauren mentioned that the cake can be slightly under-baked for a gooey inside texture. I wasn't sure if my family would like the idea of eating un-cooked cake batter and prefer to bake the cake until the tested toothpick comes out clean.

Interestingly, there is no cooking chocolate and butter used in this recipe and my family can taste the difference from a traditional chocolate cake instantly . Although my cake has been firmly baked, it has a sticky texture, yet unlike the usual fudgy or creamy texture in most typical chocolate cakes. I am wondering too if the use of Dutch-process cocoa powder would help to enhance the cake flavour. Overall, I would say that this is a moist chocolate cake but lack of traditional richness in its chocolate taste.


Here's the recipe from the book, Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman.
(with my slight modification in blue)

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cups sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder  
(I use ordinary non processed cocoa powder, Nestle Baking Cocoa)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda (I replace it with baking powder)
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use rice bran oil which has the closest taste to butter)
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 tsp vanilla extract

Confectioners' sugar for dusting (I didn't use this)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the inside of a 9 inch round springform pan.

2. Whisk together the flour, both sugars, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and slat in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the eggs, sour cream, oil, Coca-Cola, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl.

3. With a wooden spoon, stir the Coca-Cola mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Do not over-mix.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 55 min to 1 hr.

5. Set the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 5 min. Run a paring knife around the perimeter of the pan to loosen the cake from the pan sides, and release the sides. Use a large spatula to slide the cake from the pan bottom to a wire rack. Let cool completely. Dust heavily with confectioners' sugar, cut into wedges and serve.

6. Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Note: I've made a 14cm cake using half of this recipe and had about 2-3 tbsp of excess batter as leftover. I've baked my cake at 160°C fan forced for 45 min with the tested toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

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  1. This cake Zoe sounds and look deliicous! gloria

  2. Hi Zoe, Yes, we can't taste the Coca-cola either! I use ordinary cocoa powder and the cake was really chocolaty for me. Lena great idea with the Coca-Cola Icing sounds good!

  3. Chocolate coca-cola cake?! It sounds interesting, and I love this kind of moist and dense chocolate cake!

  4. How fun is this bake along! :) Sure it looks like a very fluffy chocolate cake. I guess the coke really help it rise. But I would preferred a very chocolate-y cake though. Can't wait to see your next bake along!

  5. I've never tried to bake cakes with coke or 7-up but this cake looks very moist. Must be very delicious :)

  6. Thats a very moist and yummy looking cake...

  7. i'm not sure if the bakeries or supermarket here carry any dutch processed cocoa powder, i used hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder. NOt sure if the dutch processed ones will give a stronger or milder flavour. So you had the cake with a glass of coke?

  8. This one looks fudggy and intense!

  9. Coca cola, I really wonder how it taste in cakes.

  10. Looks delicious, more like brownies than cake.

  11. Amazing looking cake! Irresistible recipe to try!

  12. delicious looking cake I haven't had with coca cola

  13. I've been looking for some fun recipes with coke in them. I will be expirimenting with this recipe soon. Yay!

  14. That is too cool! I only have Diet Coke in my fridge, though. I wonder if that would make it..."healthier." :)

  15. hi zoe, blog over from lena's and joyce... just to see how the 3 recipes differ. cant say much tho, cos i just started to learn how to bake a cake 3 weeks ago LOL.
    anyway, whatever the differences , all 3 look so yummy.

  16. Glorious cake! It looks so delicious and moist, pretty much perfect :)

  17. i wonder what the role of the cola has on the cake?! it looks very indulgent and rich though so im surprised that it doesn't taste fudgy like the traditional kind! btw thats a huge cake...haha did you guys manage to finish it?!

  18. I don't usually drink soda, but I do think it can be a fun ingredient in other dishes! I'm intrigued as to how this cake tastes :)

  19. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. I do enjoy the experimental aspect of using soda drink for cake making. This bake is really fun.

    Lena: Due to this bake, I become more aware of the cocoa powder that I use. I did some comparison of the cocoa powder and realize some recipe prefer Dutch cocoa powder and some strictly says NO to Dutch cocoa powder and this is really interesting to know... And yes, I had the cake with a glass of Coke with a slice of lemon. I'm a big fan of Coke especially Diet Coke!

    Katie: Like you, my fridge is always well stocked with Diet Coke but I was afraid that Diet Coke wouldn't taste good after baking and dare not take the risk of using the Diet version.

    Viv: Using half of the recipe, I've made a reduced size 14 cm cake and of course, the three of us can finish the cake quite easily.

  20. Great looking cake, never tried baking with coke. Enjoying your clicks!

  21. omygoodness - when I read your title choco & cola - I was like whattt???

    But your pics make it look SOO GOOD!

    I trust it would be a lighter cake - my hubby probably will like this better than a rich chocolate cake. I happen to have dutch cocoa in my pantry - so this would be a sweet little project to make.

  22. It looks wonderful ... pity that the chocolate flavour wasn't as strong as it could be.

  23. Really beautiful and delicious looking cake Zoe! Using Coke is brilliant idea, never tried it before, so thanks for sharing!

  24. @ Zoe: I love your spirit to try out exotic recipe. I believe that this cake should be very soft, moist and raise up high during baking.

  25. Oh my that looks divine.. absolutely moist and gorgeous.

  26. Good heavens, a coca-cola cake!! Wonder how it taste like. Looks like a wonderfully moist cake. By the way, just discovered your interesting blog tonight. Thanks for sharing.