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Ever wondered what the secret ingredient to a moist chocolate cake is? Cola! 

  

INGREDIENTS

250g Self-raising flour
300g Golden caster sugar
3 heaped tbsp Cocoa
generous pinch Bicarbonate of soda
250g Butter
250ml SodaStream cola drink
125ml Milk
2 Eggs, beaten
1 tsp Vanilla extract

For the topping: 

100g Butter
2 tbsp SodaStream cola drink
2 tbsp Cocoa
200g Icing sugar

 

METHOD

  1. Heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Melt the butter and cola drink gently in a pan then add to the dry ingredients, together with the milk, eggs and vanilla.
  3. Mix gently but thoroughly and tip into a buttered, loose based cake tin (24cm diameter). Bake for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave for about 15 minutes while you make the topping. Put the butter, cola drink and cocoa into a pan and melt slowly. Bring the mixture to the boil and then pour onto the icing sugar. Beat until smooth and pour over the cake while still warm. Cool the cake in the tin.
  4. Serve with the sauce, made by melting the chocolate bar gently in a pan with a splash of cream (you may want to add a little warm water to achieve a pouring consistency), stir in the marshmallows if using.

Recipe by: James Martin from Housecall


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