Monday, August 15, 2011

Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake : Free And Easy Bake-Along #7

I have always been curious by cakes with Coca-Cola, 7-Up or even lemonade as one of its ingredients. So I was glad when this cake was chosen for our Bake-Along. This cake is full of chocolate flavour, it contains a whopping 3/4 cup of cocoa powder, which I think cocoa powder always gives a better chocolate flavour than chocolates.



The texture of this cake is dense, heavy, and fudgy but  soft and moist with a chocolaty taste. I was surprised to see that the outer crust layer is thicker than other cakes I've baked and kinda chewy. It is a nice contrast, as you bite into it, first you could feel the thick layer of the crust and then the soft fudgey chocolaty cake inside. I could not however taste any Coca-Cola at all. I guess the flavour has diminished in the baking process! As usual, I reduced the sugar, there is a lot of sugar in this recipe, and Coca-Cola alone contains more sugar than you need! I'm really glad I did reduce the amount of sugar, you can actually taste the sweetness even after it was reduced.



This cake tasted better the next day when the outer crust has softened and the flavours has matured overnight. I refrigerated the leftovers and it tasted good too when eaten cold from the fridge. According to Lauren Chattman, you could either underbake this cake so that some gooey, warm batter spilled out of the center of every slice. For a firmer cake, bake it at the recommended baking time. I baked mine for 55 minutes.



Let's visit Lena from Frozen Wings and Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids, to see their version of this cake. We shall be baking Nectarine Cake, also from "Cake Keeper Cakes" by Lauren Chattman, for our next Bake-Along and will be posting it on 29/08.

Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake
(adapted from "Cake Keeper Cakes" by Lauren Chattman)
Serves 10
1-3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar (I use half cup)
1 cup packed light brown sugar (I use half cup)
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream (I use homemade yoghurt)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar for dusting

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease the inside of a 9-inch round springform pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt 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 overmix.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 55 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Set the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. 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.

34 comments:

  1. Se ve exquisito tu cake me encanta de chocolate,abrazos cordiales.

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  2. I like your idea of using homemade yogurt instead of sour cream for this cake which lesser in its fat content. I wanted to use yogurt initially but was afraid that the cake will turn out too tough without the extra fat. Good that you have shown that the sour cream can be replaced with yogurt.

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  3. I've heard of using Coca-Cola in cooking but this is the first time I've seen it used in a cake! The cake looks fudgy and good, I think I can even have it for breakfast! ;)

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  4. I have seen it at Lena's blog - awesome cake. Wish I could try a slice now.

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  5. Looks so moist and chocolatey! Would love to try this too! hopping over to see the rest:D

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

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  7. WOW!!! I'm a Coke freak...and this cake with coke is sure to try! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Just saw this cake at Lena's blog. Both yours and hers look fantastic. Utra moist and that's the kind of cakes I love the most.

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  9. Wow super moist cake, looks stunning..

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  10. Intriguing, won't have thought of using coca cola...and what's the point anyway if you can't taste it?!

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  11. One of my favourite restaurants used to sell Coca-Cola cake and we loved it! We couldn't taste the Coke either, but it was really a delicious chocolate cake. I've never made it myself though, maybe I should now. Thanks Joy!

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  12. This looks amazing, i have some friends who would love it! it does contain loads of sugar!

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  13. I would never have thought to make a cake with coke, but that looks delicious! So moist too!
    Karen

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  14. can see how much you loved the cake. I think the thing that i like about the cake is the fudginess, though i wish my cake comes with a stronger choc flavour.

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  15. that cake looks like the best thing i Have ever seen! So moist and tender. I have yet to put cola in cake but what a great idea!

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  16. I like the moist look. Surely yummy. Btw, what happened to the ikan bawal? We had Hawaiian Pizza.

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  17. What an interesting recipe! It looks so fudgey! Yum.

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  18. Great idea of replacing sour cream with yoghurt! Love the recipe. Thanks for sharing dear!

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  19. This does look deliciously fudgy! I love to substitute sour cream with greek yogurt.

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  20. I've also been curious about cakes using sodas. This looks extremely delicious. Great post!

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  21. Hello, I really liked your cake never tasted cocacola cake or soft drinks, but I'm curious, also when I reduce the amount of sugar cakes.
    Your cake is beautiful!
    Thanks for the tips, kisses.

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  22. I made a cola cake last week and it didn't turn out nearly as good as this! So fudgy - it looks sinful! Have a great week!

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  23. hi kitchen flavors, blog over from lena's...
    your version of coke choc cake is a bit different, judging from your photos, its definitely darker than lena's... perhaps yours has more cocoa. pardon me, i just learnt to bake 3 weeks ago :)

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  24. Never baked with cola before but I always say I will after I see a gorgeous cake like this :)

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  25. I grew up in the south and I haven't seen a coca-cola cake in years. Yours is so pretty with the powdered sugar. You're right. Coke is sweet and you were smart to reduce the sugar in the recipe.
    Sam

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  26. My mouth watering. Never heard before the carbonate drink can add in as cake ingredient. May be should try for coming hari raya celebration. Something new and sound so good ;)

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  27. This cake looks moist enough, think will taste better if chilled like what Zoe mentioned. Nice clicks too!

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  28. Hi friends,
    I appreciate your lovely gesture to stop by my blog and all your valuable comments. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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  29. Looks really 'heavy', the colors and the texture... I imagine them to be 'chewy'...

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  30. The very look of that wonderful delectable cake is making me hungry instantly :)
    USMasala

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  31. Mmm...delicious looking and I just had lunch :-)

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  32. Nampak sedap..my 3 stooges tentu suka ni.

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  33. Love the texture contrast that u said. its so surprising and not monotonous.. looks too good..

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