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September 16 2014 @ 02:23 pm
Happy Birthday to me: Sour Cream Chocolate Cake and Coke  
Also posted at Food For Thought
So I just had a birthday and while I love dessert; a birthday is just more special. I have never liked the idea of just doing some generic dessert whether it is for my own birthday or someone else in my life. I always want to make something I, either, know they will love or something completely new; and hopefully fantastic.

Typically, I do not bake my own birthday cake but in my immediate family (mom, siblings and nieces) we get to choose what dessert we want and the others figure it out. I really wanted something different and it got down to the wire so my sister and I did the baking.

The things is, I’ve always wanted to try a Coca Cola cake but never put any effort into it. And since we were down to the wire with this, I didn’t want to experiment too much. So I took a recipe I know I love and made a substitution. So here we go:



  • 2 c. flour

  • 2 c. sugar

  • 1 c. water – substituted for 1 cup of Coca Cola

  • 3/4 c. sour cream

  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine, softened

  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate (cooled to room temp)


  • 1/3 c. butter or margarine, softened

  • 3 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate, cooled

  • 3 c. confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)

  • 1/2 c. sour cream

  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Mixing It Up

Cake Instructions

  1. Grease and flour 13×9 pan or two 9″ round pans. Measure all ingredients into large mixing bowl. Mix 1/2 minutes on low speed, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.

  2. Bake at 350 deg: 40-45 minutes for 13×9; 30-35 for 9″ rounds (in my less than reliable gas oven I cook the 9″ rounds on 325)

  3. Cool before removing from the pans.

  4. For cupcakes, fill paper-lined muffin cups 1/2 full. Bake 20-25 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen.

Frosting Instructions

  1. Mix butter, sugar, sour cream and vanilla well.

  2. Blend in the melted chocolate.

  3. Beat until smooth and of spreading consistency.

Further Notes
The recipe calls for 1 cup of water for the cake batter. I took the liberty of substituting this water for the same amount of Coca Cola just to see what would happen. At first, I feared the cake batter would be too loose but once cooked the cake proved to be moist and delicious. Could I taste the actual change in the cake? I’d say no but I do think it brought an enhanced taste to the cake (as I’ve eaten the unaltered version before).

I will tell you the slice in the picture would be one I’d give to my brother, the bottomless pit as it were. No one else I know can eat such a slice, as the cake is rich and chocolatey and has overwhelmed someone with it’s deliciousness with such a slice. This is a cake I fully share as it goes rather far and would take me far too long to consume. But you can always half the recipe.

Usually, I make it for the extended family gatherings, large parties and such.

But boy oh boy is it delicious!
Angelserenitysangel on September 15th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Wow. Sounds amazing!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 16th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
So good it isn't even funny! I wish I could send you some for your birthday but it definitely wouldn't make it.
Angelserenitysangel on September 16th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
I can imagine! Lol no sadly it wouldn't!
wings128: Cupcakewings128 on September 15th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday hun :)

This sounds delicious - looks delicious! I'm allergic to Coca-cola so I wouldn't be able to eat this, but it reminds me of a scone recipe where you use lemonade (sprite) and cream for the liquids, and the end result is light and fluffy. I'm wondering if gingerale would work to make a chocolate and ginger cake...

The frosting looks positively divine :)
Jill aka Jo: Misc: Calvin YAYsireesanwar on September 16th, 2014 12:39 am (UTC)
You don't have to use the Coke. I just did to try it out. It originally calls for 1 cup of water. It is a great cake. You could probably use ginger ale too.

The frosting is positively divine!

★ mypetconcubine: Rachel: Celebratemypetconcubine on September 16th, 2014 06:14 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Sweetie! Hope you had an amazing day!

Adding this to my memories this looks amazing.

Edited at 2014-09-16 06:16 am (UTC)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 16th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
I had a great day... need to post.

It is amazing.
supernutjapan: bingesupernutjapan on September 16th, 2014 06:42 am (UTC)
mmmmm! That looks really good! i love frosting♡
sour cream for the frosting is new for me :)

oh, by the way, a belated birthday post for you here :)

Edited at 2014-09-16 06:44 am (UTC)
Jill aka Jo: SPN: Sams tatsireesanwar on September 16th, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
I would make just this frosting to add to graham crackers... cookies... whatever calls for frosting. It is really good.

I thought it sounded odd and then I tried it and OMG! Yeah just wait you'll be in heaven.

supernutjapan: cheerssupernutjapan on September 17th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
It's a bit hard to find sour cream over here but it's the first thing on my list :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 17th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
Phoenixburned_phoenix on September 16th, 2014 08:35 am (UTC)
It does look soo good! Yum. I'll print it and save it for some time special :)
Jill aka Jo: Happy: Calvin Smilesireesanwar on September 17th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh yes. So worth it.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on September 17th, 2014 07:35 am (UTC)
Already printed :D
tracyj23: Butterflytracyj23 on September 16th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
That sounds delicious. I'm definitely keeping this one, thanks!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on September 17th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
By careful... it is addictive. LOL
tracyj23: Music is lovetracyj23 on September 17th, 2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
IT is chocolate after all. :D