This recipe is from Annie Bell’s Baking Bible; one of the new cookbooks my good friends ‘Loft & Liv’ gave me for my birthday. I may have opened it early to have a good look through it, (my birthday is on Wednesday) but I’m glad I did, the cake I made is delicious!
For the cake
125g unsalted butter
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
250g self-raising flour, sifted
1 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
300g golden caster sguar
2 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
for the icing
3 tbsp Coca-Cola
50g unsalted butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder
225g icing sugar
Boil the Coca-Cola in a saucepan with the butter. Once the butter has melted, stir in the bicarb, which will fizz, and set aside for 20 minutes to cool.
Combine the flour, cocoa and sugar in a bowl, add the cola mixture and whisk until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the buttermilk and vanilla. If you are really lucky, or maybe a bit mental the eggs and buttermilk will look like the face of santa claus with jaundiced eyes…
Pour over the cake mixture and whisk everything to combine. Transfer the mixture to a greased and lined bundt tin, (or if you’re like me, place an upturned ramekin in a normal cake tin instead.)
Bake it for about 45 minutes until well risen and set. Pop the cake out of the tin and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.
To make the icing, place the cola, butter and cocoa in a saucepan and boil, whisking til smooth. Stir in the icing sugar and pour it over the cake without delay as it will set very quickly.
A surprisingly dense yet moist cake, with the cola providing a slightly fizzy caramel taste. The icing cracked and didn’t look as pretty as it might have either, but it tastes great.