Let me tell you a story. It's a story about a teenager addicted to the 2 pm cookery shows on TV back in the 90s. A story that sometimes ended with hits and sometimes misses.
As latch-key children, my sister and I were often home alone for a few hours every day. Which meant unlimited TV viewing, raiding the refrigerator and most definitely not doing any homework till a couple of minutes before 6, because that's when we know our mother was on her way back home from work.
Cable had just about arrived in India, and my father, who loved all sorts of television viewing, insisted that we catch up with the times. So despite plenty of protest from my mother, cable TV entered our lives. Yet, I was addicted to something totally differently - on a channel of Doordarshan or DD, (I think it was DD2), 2 pm everyday was a cooking show.
The hosts were different everyday. Sometimes there were chefs from 5-star hotels who made special appearances, but most of the times, they were women who enjoyed cooking. The week was divided into Indian, Chinese, Continental and such. But come Friday, Friday was the day where you learnt how to bake.
Every Friday, I'd rush back home, pen and paper in hand and start noting down ingredients even before the measurements were announced. And come Saturday, I'd bug my mum to buy ingredients so that I could try out different baked goodies.
From regular sponges to brownies to lamingtons, I learnt a lot watching the telly. I learnt the difference between baking powder and baking soda, the use of different kinds of sugar and how to make a great eggless cake.
But one cake failed me always. It was a cake that used Coca cola as one of the ingredients. I don't know what it was about that cake, but I'd always end up with something that was hard as a rock. After two miserable failed attempts, I finally denounced this cake. Until now that is.
Post my friend Ira's baby shower at home, I had a bottle of Coke left over and I decided to make something of it. A cake seemed easiest and quickest and as I searched through a myriad recipes, I spotted one that would sort of work.
Since most of the recipes were American, I decided to tweak the cake to my palate, that is, made it a lot less sweeter and a lot more moister.
I didn't even use a whisk for this cake and worked with a fork instead. It took all of ten minutes to assemble the cake and about 45 minutes of baking time to ready this yummy moist chocolate cake.
The frosting too took barely five minutes to put together. Ofcourse you can do away with it completely, but I feel that the frosting makes it so much more yummier.
Coca Cola Chocolate Cake
Adapted from here
For the cake
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup Coca Cola
For the frosting
2 tbslp butter
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup icing sugar
1/8 cup Coca Cola
1. In a large bowl measure out the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Keep aside
2. In another bowl measure out the milk and vinegar and keep aside for 5 minutes while you go about collecting the other ingredients.
3. Into the milk mixture add the egg, oil, sugar and vanilla. Add this into the flour mixture.
4. Add the 1/2 cup of the Cola into it and stir well with a whisk or a fork, once the mixture has come together, add the remaining 1/4 cup of the cola to it.
5. Pop into a butter paper lined tin and bake for 45 minutes at 180 degree centigrade.
For the Frosting
1. Melt in butter in a microwavable bowl
2. Sift in the icing sugar and the cocoa into it and stir well.
3. Add the cola and stir gently till it all comes together well.
4. Let the frosting sit for at least 20 minutes before you ice the cake.