Thursday 5 June 2014

LORD, Hear My Prayer

If you are looking for low fat recipes, Paula Deen is not your girl.  Paula Deen, a TV celebrity chef is an expert in Southern cooking. I like to watch Paula Deen on TV but have never cooked her food. She is a bubbly person who speaks with a Southern accent. Paula Deen's cooking is generally known to be high in fat and sugar but she does have healthy recipes too. She has many recipes, and variations of many made by others and this Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake is one.
Coca Cola is a Southern invented and made product, and it is no surprise some Southern cooks add coke in their cooking.
There are two reasons why I picked this recipe. One, there is minimal washing up. Two, I'm curious about the taste of coca cola in a cake.

This cake is a breeze to make, you don't even need an electric hand whisk. I halved the recipe and reduced the sugar by half  in both cake and frosting. Coca cola is sweet too and is added in both cake and frosting. There is coke taste in the cake but you might never be able to guess unless you are a serious Coke lover. Despite its sweetness, this cake is moist and fluffy. It is also quite addictive, making me want to eat more. Could it be the effect of Coca cola? I wonder.

Chocolate Coca Cola Cake 
Paula Deen


2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup coca cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9 x 13" baking pan with non stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour,sugar,baking soda,cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a medium saucepan,combine butter,Coca-cola,buttermilk, and cocoa. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, and add to flour mixture, whisking until smooth.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, whisking until smooth.
  • Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Pour coca-cola frosting over hot cake. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Coca Cola Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/2 coca cola
1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup chopped pecan (hazelnut)

  • In a medium saucepan, bring butter, coca cola and cocoa to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, and gradually add powdered sugar, whisking until smooth. Stir in pecans.

Note: I halved the recipe and reduced all sugars to half.

This post is linked to Cook Like A Star 'Paula Deen' hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy kids, Joyce from 

This is also linked Little Thumbs Up 'Butter' hosted by Jozelyn from Spice Up My Kitchen, Doreen from

O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Psalm 143:1


  1. This really does look good, and I like the idea that you reduced the sugar.

    1. It is still very sweet after reduction.

  2. This must be an addictive cake for coca-cola lover. I have seen chicken cooked with coca-cola but this is the first time I see it present in a cake!
    Thanks for linking to LTU!

    1. Hi Jozelyn, thanks for hosting LTU. I would like to try chicken or ham cooked in coke. Cake is too sweet for me but is addictive.

  3. Hi Lian,

    I have seen an episode of Paula Deen trying to cook healthy food with invited celebrities. She tried and did well cooking and baking food for good balance... At least she did tried cooking something healthier :p

    Good that you are baking this cake with reduced amount of sugar... Despite the cut, I bet this cake must be still sweet :D


    1. Yes, it is way too sweet for me! I could have done it without frosting, but it just won't be the same.

  4. Hi Lian,
    I like watching her cooking shows. And this cake looks wonderful. I would reduce the amount of sugar too! Once I baked a cake with Coca-Cola and could not taste any of it in the cake, perhaps I should KIV this recipe, to try one of these days! Thanks for linking!

    1. Joyce, I can taste the coke but be warned, even after reducing sugars to half, it is still very sweet.

  5. Oh my, how interesting this is! I have never used coke to bake anything before. It looks really moist! And I love that you reduce the sugar. It has come to the point where I automatically reduce all sugars by 50% these days.

    1. Diana, I do that for most American recipes. They have sweet tooth, haha..

  6. HI Lian, wow, Chocolate Coca-cola cake. Sounds interesting. Looks very delish and irresistible. Thanks for sharing and warmest regards :)


    1. It is interesting, Ivy. I was curious about the taste, that's why I chose this recipe first from Paula Deen.


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