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Cherry Cola Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Cherry Cola Chocolate Cake Recipe

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For a truly different chocolate cake, think outside of the box and inside the slow cooker. This easy dessert comes out warm, moist, fudgy and wonderful. —Elaine Sweet, Dallas, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 2 hours + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 2 hours + standing
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cola
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/4 cups cola
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • Vanilla ice cream and maraschino cherries, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without ice cream and cherries) equals 500 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 380 mg sodium, 80 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring cola and dried cherries to a boil. Remove from the heat; let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, chocolate, baking powder and salt. Combine the chocolate milk, butter and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cherry mixture. Pour into a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray.
  3. For topping, in a small saucepan, combine the cola, sugar and brown sugar. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate and rum until smooth. Pour over batter; do not stir.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until set. Turn off heat; let stand, covered, for 30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream and maraschino cherries if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not use eggs.
Originally published as Cherry Cola Chocolate Cake in Country Woman August/September 2009, p38

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without ice cream and cherries) equals 500 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 380 mg sodium, 80 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Reviews for Cherry Cola Chocolate Cake

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Reviewed Jun. 14, 2014

This recipe is somewhere between ok and good, which is not good enough for me to want to make it again. Some reviewers thought it was too sweet, I didn't. One thing I like about it is that, with some adjustments and manipulations, it could be the basis for Lava Cake.

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

I make a new treat every week for my Sunday School Class. We are doing a play for our dinner theater set in the 1950's, with a soda shop and I thought this would be great. I used diet cherry coke in the cake and topping. The guys begged for me to make it again. No one thought it was TOO sweet. I also used fat free Chocolate milk to cut out some of the fat.which made the cake lighter in calories and fat.

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Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

I appreciate people reviewing, with the changes they make. It is helpful to me to know what people have tried as substitutes for alcohol. Often I will pass over a recipe that includes alcohol because I don't know what does and does not work as an appropriate substitute ingredient. I also appreciate ideas others have to reduce the sweetness on the palate; adding whipped cream, etc. I tend to have problems thinking outside the box, so I truly appreciate the brave souls who have used tweaking recipes as an adventure; thanks for sharing your experiences!

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Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

got a question? why does most reviewers say it's to sweet//// !/2 c sugar should not have made it to sweet. Do you think it could be the chocolate milK and if so can white milk be used instead....THANK YOU

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Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

This cake was an absolute hit at the office! I'm always looking for new ways to spoil the guys at work...and was informed that I'm "not allowed" to ever make this one again it was so good! Used a dark, spiced rum and that was a great addition to this ultra-sweet and rich cake!

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