Coca-Cola Cake
(From Southern Living Magazine, August, 2002)



1 cup Coca-Cola

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Coca-Cola Frosting

Garnish: 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted



Combine Coca-Cola and buttermilk; set aside.

Beat butter at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar; beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat at low speed until blended.

Combine flour, cocoa, and soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with cola mixture; begin and end with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended.

Stir in marshmallows. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan.

Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes. Pour Coca-Cola Frosting over warm cake; garnish, if desired.

NOTE: Don't make the frosting ahead--you need to pour it over the cake shortly after baking.

YIELD: Makes 12 servings

Submitted to Southern Living by Anne Kracke, Birmingham, Alabama