How to Make a Coke Can Cake

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How to Make a Coke Can Cake
Coke makes a great cake batter additive. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Two things come to mind when making a "Coke can cake." One is the original recipe published by the Coca-Cola Company for making a cake using a can of Coke. Originally it was made with a bottle of Coke, but the recipe has changed over time. The second is a cake-shaped like a Coke can, which can be done a few ways. You can combine the two by making the Coca-Cola recipe cake and shaping it like the Coke can for a full Coke affect.

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Things you need

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups small marshmallows
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 can of Coke
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • Oven
  • Cake pans
  • Decorating tips
  • Pastry bag
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowls
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cooling rack

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  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius. This is the proper baking temperature.

  2. 2

    Sift together 2 cups sugar and 2 cups all-purpose flour. Add 1 ½ cup marshmallows.

  3. 3

    Mix ½ cup butter, ½ cup oil, 3 tbsp cocoa and 1 cup Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring the contents to a boil.

  4. 4

    Pour the contents of the saucepan over the dry ingredients and blend everything together.

  5. 5

    Add 1 tsp baking soda to a ½ cup of buttermilk and mix until the baking soda is dissolved.

  6. 6

    Put the buttermilk mixture in the batter with two eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix everything together well.

  7. 7

    Pour the batter into a greased 9-by-13-inch pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes.

  8. 8

    Make the frosting while the cake bakes, as it needs to be frosted as soon as it comes out of the oven.

  9. 9

    Combine ½ cup butter, 3 tbsp cocoa and 6 tbsp. Coca-Cola in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

  10. 10

    Pour saucepan contents over one box of confectioners sugar and blend well.

  11. 11

    Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 cup chopped pecans if you desire. Spread over the hot cake when it comes out of the oven.

  1. 1

    Make any type of cake you want in cake pan rounds. You can use standard 8- or 9-inch rounds for a large can or use smaller rounds such as 4- or 6-inch rounds.

  2. 2

    Bake at least four rounds. You can make up to six to make the cake taller.

  3. 3

    Let the rounds cool completely before working with them. Cooling on a wire rack is the best way to keep the integrity of the cake intact.

  4. 4

    Put frosting between each of the rounds, stacking all rounds on top of each other.

  5. 5

    Frost the outside of the cake with red frosting, which you can make using red food colouring in white frosting.

  6. 6

    Use a pastry bag with white frosting to write "Coca-Cola" as well as the swoop on the side.

Tips and warnings

  • You can add toothpicks between the levels to keep the cake shaped like a Coke can.
  • Stick a toothpick in the cake to verify it is done before starting the cooling process. The toothpick should come out clean when inserted in the centre.
  • Practice with the cake before serving it for a special event. You will be more secure in your skills.
  • You can make Coke cakes with preboxed versions of devil's food or vanilla cake as well.
  • Do not be discouraged when first making a cake shaped like a Coke can. It can be very difficult to decorate.

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