Unsurprisingly, some of the most sought after recipes on Coca-Cola Journey (other than the secret Coca-Cola formula itself) are for great classic Coke chocolate cake. After creating this light & fluffy Diet Coke Chocolate Cake, it’s not hard to see why!

Ingredients

·  1 cup self-raising flour
·  3 tablespoons cocoa powder
·  1 teaspoon baking soda
·  ¾ cup soft brown sugar
·  ¾ cup butter
·  1 cup Diet Coke
·  ¾ cup buttermilk
·  2 medium eggs
·  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·  ½ cup plain chocolate (70% cocoa), broken into pieces
·  3 tablespoons Diet Coke
·  3 Tablespoons buttermilk


Preparation

•    Total Time: 55 min
•    Prep Time: 15 min
•    Cook Time: 40 min

Method

1.Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease a 20cm round loose-bottomed, spring release cake pan and line the base with baking paper.

2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda into a bowl. Stir in the sugar.

3. Put the butter in a saucepan and melt over gentle heat. Add the Diet Coke to the butter and stir to mix, making sure mixture does not boil. Remove from the heat.

4. Beat together the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract.

5. Quickly whisk the cola mixture into the dry ingredients, then whisk in the buttermilk mixture. Mix gently but thoroughly.

6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

7.  Leave to cool in the tin for about 15 minutes, and then turn out onto a cooling rack.

8.  To make icing, place the chocolate and Diet Coke in a saucepan. Cook over a gentle heat, stirring until the chocolate has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the buttermilk. Place the cooled cake on a plate and spoon over the chocolate mixture. Allow to set.


Makes:

12 slices