Wacky Cola Cake with Cola Fudge Frosting
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The fizzy carbonation and deep caramel notes of the cola do magical things to the texture and taste of this cake.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 (9 x 13-inch) cake
Wacky Cola Cake
  • 2 cups natural sugar
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I like white whole wheat)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup dairy-free buttery sticks or spread
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola (not diet; can use a Natural or Organic Cola Brand)
  • Scant ¾ cup (11 tablespoons) dairy-free milk beverage
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cola Frosting
  • 1 pound confectioner's sugar, plus additional as needed to yield your desired consistency
  • ½ cup dairy-free buttery sticks
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola (not diet; can use a Natural or Organic Cola Brand)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted if desired (optional)
Wacky Cola Cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F, and grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In a 1-quart saucepan, combine the buttery sticks and oil. Bring just to a boil and pour over dry ingredients. Add the cola to the batter, and whisk well to combine. Add the milk beverage, vinegar, and vanilla, and whisk until just combined. The batter will seem a bit thin.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. While the cake bakes, make the frosting (below).
  5. Remove from the oven to a wire rack and frost immediately.
Cola Frosting
  1. Place confectioner's sugar in a medium bowl.
  2. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, and cola, and bring just to a boil. Pour over the sugar, and whisk to combine well.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and pecans (if using), and stir to evenly distribute (or reserve pecan pieces or halves and sprinkle/arrange over the top of the frosted cake).
  4. Spread the frosting over the warm cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve.
Fudgier Option: Add 2 tablespoons of additional cocoa powder to the cake and 2 tablespoons of additional cocoa powder to the frosting.

Half Batch: I sometimes make the Fudgier Option above as an 8x8 cake. Simply half all the ingredients, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/vegan-wacky-cola-cake-frosting