I was absolutely delighted to receive a copy of Marian Keyes
beautiful book, Saved by Cake
from the children for my birthday this year. Saved by Cake is a heart-warmingly honest account of how Marian has used baking to help get her through some of her lowest times as she battles Depression.
Every cake, bun and biscuit comes with a little story of how it came to feature in this wonderful book. Even if you never bake anything from the book, I highly recommend it simply to read, you never know, maybe if you’re having a bad day, there may just be something between it’s beautiful pink covers to make you feel better.
Having read through this book numerous times, I noticed that my daughter was resting her eyes on the same page over and over again, so eventually she decided for sure that the cake on this page was the cake she wanted for her 12th birthday.
And what cake could that be, well as a lover of coke and chocolate, it had to be the Birthday Cola Cake
225g Butter, at room temperature
290g soft brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
250ml full fat Cola
250g self raising Flour
30g Cocoa powder
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
200g Mini Marshmallows
3 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
250g Icing Sugar
Cola Bottles (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180C/GM4. Grease and line a large baking tray, 30cm x 23cm, 5cm deep, with baking paper.
Beat the butter and sugar until creamy, add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix the cola and buttermilk together in a jug. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda together.
Pour about a third of the cola mixture into the creamed butter, sugar and eggs, then sieve in a third of the flour mix, stir well. Repeat this twice more and when it’s all blended together stir in the marshmallows.
Pour into your tray and bake for 35-40 minutes. During the cooking process the marshmallows will melt causing small craters to appear in your cake, this is fine.
Cool the cake on a wire rack, then extract it carefully from the tray.
To make the icing, put the cola, butter and cocoa powder into a big saucepan until the butter is melted. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Take off the heat, sieve in the icing sugar and whisk like mad until every last bit of icing sugar is incorporated. Let the icing cool and thicken a little.
Spread the icing over the cake, or if you prefer, you can cut the cake in half and stack one piece of the cake on top of the other, sandwiching it with half the icing, spreading the remainder over the top and sides. Decorate with cola bottles.
This is a simply deliciously, moist cake with an almost fudge-like texture that is interrupted every so often with a little pocket of chewiness provided courtesy of the marshmallows. Needless to say, our daughter was thrilled with her cake and her brother and sister are requesting the same for not only their birthdays but everyone elses too!