As a hobby, I find baking to be a great way to relax and unwind… and you get the added bonus of a (hopefully) sweet delicious treat at the end. Every so often I will post up some photos and recipes of the more recent baking experiments so that you can also give these things a try.
1 Cup CocaCola
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
4 Tbsp butter
1/2 Cup white sugar
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2tsp + 1/8tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Filling: A jar of Kraft Jet-puffed marshmallow creme
1/4 cup coffee creamer + 1/4 cup boiling water (mixed together)
8 oz butter
4 cups Icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup of coke (or use a cola flavouring/syrup and add to taste)
- Pre-heat oven to 180*C. Line standard cupcake tray with cupcake cups (foil is best)
- Heat coke, cocoa and butter over medium heat until butter is melted.
- Add sugars and whisk until dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and let cool.
- Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Whisk to combine.
- Whisk egg in a separate cup, then add whisked egg to cooled coke mixture.
- Gently stir flour mixture into coke mixture.
- Divide mixture into pans (I find an icecream scoop easiest and gives an appropriate amount of cake batter).
- Bake for 25 mins or until cake is springy.
- Cool cupcakes before filling and icing.
To fill cupcakes:
– Cut a circle into the top of the cupcake – careful not to go too close to the sides.
– gently remove top layer of cake – set aside.
– scoop out some of the cake from the middle.
– fill hole in cake with the marshmallow creme.
– place top layer of cake on top of the filling.
To make icing:
- Place butter (room temperature) into a mixer and beat until smooth.
- Add icing sugar (sifted) one cup at a time and beat until smooth, creamy and combined.
- After adding all the icing sugar, add in the salt, vanilla, and cola (or syrup) and beat until well combined, soft, smooth and creamy.
- If icing is too soft, add more icing sugar.
- If icing feels granulated, add some of the creamer/water mixture. A little at a time until the desired texture and consistency is reached.
Then pipe the cola buttercream on to the cupcakes and finally sprinkle some cola pop-rocks on top (you can mix some of these into the icing as well if you like). But remember, as pop-rocks activate with moisture, they will soon loose their pop. This is also the case with the pop-rocks on the top, so you should eat them straight away.