Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cherry Cola Cake

Prep : 30 minutes      Bake 25 minutes + cooling      Makes 12 servings

1-1/2                 cups miniature marshmallows
2                       cups all-purpose flour
2                       cups sugar
1                       teaspoon baking soda
1                       cup butter, cubed
1                       cup cherry-flavored cola
3                       tablespoons baking cocoa
2                       eggs
1/2                    cup buttermilk
1                       teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4                    cup butter, softened
1                       cup confectioners' sugar
1                       jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
2                       tablespoons frozen cherry-pomegranate juice concentrate, thawed
                    **Fresh sweet cherries with stems**

1 .        Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. Divide marshmallows between pans.
2 .        In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar and baking soda. In a small saucepan, combine butter, cola and cocoa; bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
3 .        In a small bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, whisking constantly. Pour into prepared pans, dividing batter evenly. (Marshmallows will float to the top.)
4 .       Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
5 .       For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme and juice concentrate on low speed just until blended.
6 .        Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread top with 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer; spread with remaining frosting. Decorate with cherries. Yield: 12 servings.

TIP: To frost sides as well as top of cake, double amounts for frosting.

Cherry cola and marshmallows make a zippy chocolate dessert that is scrumptious topped with vanilla ice cream.

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