Pyjama Parties and chocolate cake November 03 2013, 0 Comments

Are you a baker or a buyer? I was always a buyer before kids and now, more and more, I find that I enjoy baking and finding yummy recipes for fussy mouths - especially at party time! A few years back Christie, being super busy mum and school teacher, asked me to make a birthday cake for Angus - a chocolate coca cola cake! I had to google the recipe and have been making it ever since! A huge hit with all of our kids and family this recipe is really delicious and makes an ultra moist cake. There is very little, if any, nutritional value in this cake but it is oh so yummy - and OK for special occassions!

Coca Cola Chocolate Marshmellow cake

1 1/2 cups marshmellows

1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola is good but any will do)

1/2 margarine (I use nuttlex but any margarine will do NOT butter) 

3 tablespoons cocoa

1 cup coca cola (fresh is good but flat will also do)

1 teaspoon bi-carb soda

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups castor sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 cup buttermilk (I always freeze in 1/2 cup portions what I don't use)

2 cups sifted self raising flour

1. Place marshmellows, oil, margarine, cocoa and coca cola in a saucepan.

2. Heat and stir until all melted - be careful not to burn so stir frequently to encourage melting. Mix in bi-carb soda.

3. Cream sugar and eggs together, add vanilla essence.

4. Gradually add sifted flour and buttermilk in turn to blend well into a dough like mixture

5. Add the melted mix from the saucepan to the cake dough. This will make a VERY running mixture do not worry it comes out fantastic.

6. Pour into cupcakes OR cake tin. For cake tin I always line with grease proof paper and also great the tin.

7. Preheat oven to 160 degrees. For cup cakes 20 minutes is usually long enough, for a full cake test at 45 mins but might need up to one hour depending on the oven. A skewer should easily come out and perhaps be even a little 'sticky' with mixture.

8. Very important to leave cool and shrink in the cake tin before you try taking it out. This cake is so moist that if you try to take it out too early it will break apart.