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Orange-Cola Chocolate Cake

 Orange-Cola Chocolate Cake
Most people are shocked to learn this moist and luscious cake starts with a mix. Substituting cola for water, adding a hint of orange flavor and serving each slice with dipped strawberries turns a simple mix into a spectacular dessert people love! —Stephanie Vogel, Lincoln, Nebraska
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups cola
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract
  • CHOCOLATE-COVERED STRAWBERRIES:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 12 fresh strawberries
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant chocolate drink mix
  • 1/4 cup cola
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, cola, oil and extract.
  • Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour
  • into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening;
  • stir until smooth. Wash strawberries and pat dry. Dip each

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Orange-Cola Chocolate Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • strawberry into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on a
  • waxed paper-lined baking sheet; refrigerate until set, about 30
  • minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until smooth.
  • Frost cake. Garnish each serving with a chocolate-covered
  • strawberry. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: Diet cola is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 556 calories, 23 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 424 mg sodium, 85 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.