A world-class dessert that takes the cake

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Jessica Bills -- A chocolate cake perfect for any occasion is made with two unlikely ingredients - Coca-Cola an miniature marshmellows

After Christmas, countless Americans tell themselves that they will finally get around to eating healthier and exercising more now that they have a reason to do so. However, like all seasons, the healthy season passes, and they fall back into a familiar routine.

Eating healthier is a great idea for any student, and there is nothing wrong with treating themselves occasionally. Students will not have to look far, as the perfect cake is just within their grasps.

No chocolate cake compares to this Coca-Cola Chocolate Pan Cake. It is a rich, sweet celebratory cake and gets better the longer it sits on the counter. It’s my favorite by far as my mother always makes it for my birthday.

Readers beware: the following recipe is not figure-friendly by any means, and it will make those near it accept the guilt for just one delicious slice. It is a labor of love that will give cavities on contact, but the heart will be lighter as a result. If students make this cake, they will surely view everything positively.

Recipe courtesy of “Good Housekeeping.”

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 13-by-9 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In saucepan, heat marshmallows, butter, Coca-Cola and cocoa over medium-high heat until bubbles form around edge of pan. Remove from heat; continue stirring until marshmallows melt.

3. Pour marshmallow mixture over flour mixture; with wire whisk, stir until well combined. Whisk in buttermilk, eggs and vanilla until blended.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

5. Meanwhile, in saucepan, heat butter, cola and cocoa over medium-high heat. Remove from saucepan from heat. Add vanilla and stir until butter melts. Place confectioner’s sugar in medium bowl. Pour hot butter mixture over sugar. With wire wisk, stir until well combined. Set aside until ready to use.

6. Stir frosting well; spread over top of hot cake immediately after removing from oven. Let cool in pan.

Prep time: 20 minutes plus cooling

Bake time: about 40 minutes

Makes 16 servings

Each serving:

About 470 calories

3 g protein

73 g carbohydrates

20 g fat (12 g saturated)

1 g fiber

76 mg cholesterol

365 mg sodium

Necessary equipment:

2 saucepans

13-by-9 inch baking dish

large bowl

medium bowl

2 mixing spoons

1 wire whisk

toothpick

spatula

Cake ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

. tsp. salt

1. cups miniature marshmallows

2 sticks butter or margarine, cut up

1 cup Coca-Cola

. cup unsweetened cocoa

. cup buttermilk

2 large eggs, well beaten

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting ingredients:

1 stick butter or margarine, cut up

1/3 cup Coca-Cola

. cup unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 16 oz. package confectioner’s sugar

About Jon Beam

I am a Journalism & Media at CBU and I will be your Food/Culture/CBU Review editor for the year. This is my third year working for The Banner and I couldn't be more excited about covering the various trends and cultural phenomenon that occur on our beautiful campus. Have a blessed day!

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