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Cherry Cola Cake

 Cherry Cola Cake
Cherry cola and marshmallows make a zippy chocolate dessert that is scrumptious topped with vanilla ice cream. — Cheri Mason, Harmony, North Carolina
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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
  • FROSTING:
  • 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

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round
  • baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. Divide marshmallows
  • between pans.
  • 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

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Cherry Cola Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • moistened.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Editor's Note: To frost sides as well as top of cake, double amounts for frosting.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 587 calories, 28 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 106 mg cholesterol, 335 mg sodium, 83 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.