Classic Coke-the memories it evokes are numerous. From the vintage pictures and advertisements to the fond family memories, it seems Coke has long been a favorite. We tend to drink a lot of Coke in our family, although we try to keep it in moderation. Still, it is a must have for any family celebrations or special events.
Although I am the baker in the family, and I am always trying out new recipes, I never had the courage to try baking with Coke. It just seemed to me that mixing Coke with chocolate would make for a somewhat nasty taste. Or, the coke would cancel out the chocolate. So, for many years I have seen recipes for Coca Cola cakes, or heard people talk about how delicious they were, and I never believed them. Until recently. While staying at a hotel, I was in the mood for chocolate, and walked next door to a restaurant. The only chocolate offering they had was a cake made with classic coke! I couldn't believe I had to either try it or go without my chocolate! So, I gathered my courage and ordered a Coca Cola Cake a la mode. My first bite was somewhat hesitant, I'll admit. But, that first bite is all it took to win me over! Not only was the cake delicious, and bursting with rich, chocolatey flavor, it is the absolute most moist cake I have ever tasted. I am a huge ice cream fan (seriously-I have ice cream almost every day) but you really didn't need it with the coke cake! I shared a few bites with the rest of the family, and they all agreed. Coca Cola cake is every bit as good as I have heard it to be. So, my next step is to find the perfect coke cake recipe. I have been browsing the web, and I am going to try a couple different ones out as soon as I get back home. (And, thanks to my experience with the cake, I think I'll be a little more open to trying other new recipes, even if they don't sound like a combination I'll like.) This evening, though, I have one goal-we're going out to dinner right next door to the hotel again. And, I think I'd like another Coca Cola Classic Cake, thank you very much! What better way to end a fun family dinner than with this piece of nostalgia wrapped up in a delicious, rich dessert?!
Created in Atlanta, Georgia, by Dr. John S. Pemberton, Coca-Cola was first offered as a fountain beverage by mixing Coca-Cola syrup with carbonated water. Coca-Cola was introduced in 1886, patented in 1887, registered as a trademark in 1893 and by 1895 it was being sold in every state and territory in the United States. In 1899, The Coca-Cola Company began franchised bottling operations in the United States.
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