In the south we like marshmallows (actually we like any processed food) and here's a tasty and unusual way to use them. Absolutely DELICIOUS! Trust me, as weird as it sounds, this will be a cake you'll want to eat all by yourself in one sitting.
But don't! Share it with your family for their undying gratitude and willingness to do chores without even a hint of complaining. [After serving this would be a good time to clean out the garage; you'll be fortified and on a sugar high that will keep you going for hours.]
COCA-COLA MARSHMALLOW CAKECake:
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk (or put 2 T. vinegar in cup then add milk to 1/2 cup mark)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Coke, measured without foam
1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
1-1/2 Tablespoons Coke
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
Beat eggs in large bowl. Gradually beat in sugar. Mixture should be thick and pale yellow. Beat in oil, buttermilk and vanilla.
In another bowl stir together flour and baking soda. Beat dry ingredients into wet ingredients alternately with Coke. Stir in marshmallows.
Pour batter into greased and floured 9"x13" baking pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.
When cake is completely cool, make the icing. Melt butter in saucepan along with Coke. Remove from heat and beat in sugar and vanilla. If too stiff add a few drops of Coke. Stir in nuts. Spread icing over cake. Let icing set at least 10 minutes before cutting the cake.
This recipe is from Miss Mary's Down-Home Cooking, one of my favorite cookbooks for southern food.
Even though rain was in the forecast all weekend, it never rained. A few clouds appeared briefly on the horizon yesterday afternoon and the wind whipped up for a bit, but it blew right over us. Today there's nary a cloud in sight. It's not as hot as it has been, only in the high 80s today. Inside and out. Our poor little old ceiling fans and one oscillating floor model just can't keep up.
This morning I spent time looking through recipes for things that DO NOT HAVE TO BE COOKED. Or cooked briefly on the stove top. But preferably NOT COOKED AT ALL. Standing over a hot stove is the last thing I feel like doing. We'll be eating a lot of sandwiches and salads I think.
So I will personally not be making the Coca-Cola Marshmallow cake in the foreseeable future. Even though I am craving a slice of it's sugary goodness. No-bake cookies will be the extent of any dessert-making in our house for a while.
Now I'm going over to Lid's to see what other recipes have been shared in this week's Fall Into Flavor. Specifically looking for recipes THAT DO NOT HAVE TO BE COOKED. Even if I don't find any, I'm sure I'll be copying a bunch to try in the future. When, you know, it falls below 75 degrees inside my house.