Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter, or spray with a non
stick vegetable spray,
a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) pan.
In a large bowl whisk
together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of
the dry ingredients.
In another bowl,
whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
In a medium saucepan, placed
over medium heat, melt the butter. Then whisk in the cocoa powder, oil, and Coca-Cola. Bring just to a boil then remove from heat.
Let cool about five minutes then pour into the
dry ingredients and whisk until combined. Then stir, or whisk, the egg mixture
into the batter until combined. Pour the batter
into the prepared pan and bake for about 28 - 30 minutes or until
the top is firm and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake
just comes out clean (the cake will just be starting to pull away from the sides
of the pan).
Remove from oven and
place on a wire rack to cool while
you make the frosting.
Frosting: Place the confectioners sugar in a large bowl.
In a medium
saucepan, placed over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the cocoa powder
and Coca-Cola (or milk) and bring just to a bowl. Remove from heat and, whisking
constantly, slowly add it to the confectioners sugar, along with the vanilla
extract, until smooth. Slowly pour the warm frosting over the warm chocolate cake. Sprinkle
with the chopped pecans. Let cool. Can be covered and stored at room
temperature, or in the refrigerator, for about five days.
Note: To toast
pecans. Place pecans on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree F (180 degree C)
oven for about 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and then
Serves about 18 people.
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1 3/4 cups (230
1 3/4 cups (350
grams) granulated white
teaspoon (5 grams)
(2 grams) salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature (110
(130 grams) buttermilk, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) pure
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room
1/2 cup (50 grams) unsweetened natural cocoa
cup (120 grams) flavorless oil (corn, vegetable, safflower or canola oil)
1 cup (250 grams) Coca-Cola (Coke)
3 cups (345 grams)
confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
1/2 cup (113 grams)
unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
(natural or Dutch-processed)
1/3 cup (80 grams) Coca-Cola (or milk)
1 1/2 teaspoons
(6 grams) pure
3/4 cup (75 grams)
toasted pecans, coarsely chopped