Personally I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, I’d take a starter over a dessert in a restaurant any day but when birthdays come around, cake is obviously a necessity. In the past we’ve always been a plain cupcake type household for birthdays. This is probably down to the fact that we don’t own scales, or even a cake tin for that matter. For my friend/housemate/live-in landlord’s birthday, however, I endeavored to raise the stakes.
I borrowed two cake tins and some scales and turned to a recipe that evokes many a childhood memory, Nigella Lawson’s coca-cola cake. I somewhat re-jiggled the construction of it, making two shallower cakes and sandwiching them together with some extra frosting but I was still very happy with the results, it went down a treat and was devoured in one sitting. The coca-cola makes it light, incredibly moist and somehow less filling. A definite winner of a cake.
From Nigella Lawson’s ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’.
For the cakes:
400g Plain Flour
500g Caster Sugar
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs
60g yoghurt mixed with 200ml of milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
250g unsalted butter
4 tablespoons coca powder
For the icing:
225g icing sugar
2 tbsp butter
1tbsp coca powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180 Degrees, grease and line two cake tins.
Combined dry ingredients in a large bowl,
Melt the butter in a small pan, with the coco and coca-cola and add this to the dry ingredients.
Add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon, pour into cake tins and bake for half an hour or until a metal skewer stuck into them comes out clean.
When cooked, leave to cool then combine the ingredients for the frosting.
Turn one of the cakes on its top so as to have a flat surface and spread a fair amount on, then sandwich the other cake the right way up on top and ice the cake, the sides of it too if you have enough icing.