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You can tell a really good recipe by how popular it has become, and the Cola Cake leads the pack! We received more than 25 similar recipes for it. If they differed, it was in the directions, as most of the ingredients were the same. Some people added their baking soda to their buttermilk first; others melted the margarine in the cola. Most of the icings were boiled and then poured over warm cake, but we were able to choose our winner on this point. Laurie Dopson uses a creamed icing, rather than a boiled one, and the testers preferred it.

We also got tons of recipes for Cherry Cola Salad and Apple Dumplings (made with citrus-flavored soda). You can find versions of these below. 

Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons cocoa
2 sticks margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup cola
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan. In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and cocoa and set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream margarine and sugar, then add eggs and vanilla and mix. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk; blend at low speed, then beat 1 minute at medium speed. Add cola and blend well. Stir in marshmallows by hand. Pour into greased pan. Bake 40–45 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool about 30 minutes, then spread with icing. Serves 20.

Icing

1/2 cup margarine, softened
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup cola
1 cup chopped, toasted pecans

Cream margarine with powdered sugar and cocoa; add in cola and beat until smooth. Spread on cooled cake and sprinkle with pecans.

Serving size: 1 piece. Per serving: 430 calories, 3.3 g protein, 20.2 g fat, 59.9 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 189 mg sodium, 21 mg cholesterol

Laurie Dopson, CoServ Electric