Double Fudge Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

October.5.2008

1 cup real butter – divided
1 1/4 cup Coca-Cola® – divided
1 oz. square semi-sweet baking chocolate
3/4 cup miniature marshmallows
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder – divided
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tsp. vanilla extract – divided
2 eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
3 cups powdered sugar

In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup cola, and chocolate to a boil
Remove from heat and stir in marshmallows until dissolved
Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature
In a bowl, Combine flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt;     set aside
With an electric mixer, beat together sugar, shortening, oil, and 2 tsp. vanilla until fluffy;     beat in eggs and buttermilk
Beat in 1/2 of the dry mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl often
Beat in cooled cola mixture
Add remaining dry mixture and beat for 4 minutes; batter will be thick
Pour batter into a greased and floured 13x9inch baking pan
Bake on top rack of a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in     center comes out clean
Cream butter with an electric mixer
Beat in 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup cola, chocolate syrup, and 1 tsp. vanilla
Slowly add powdered sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl often, while beating with the     mixer
If frosting seems dry, add small amounts of cola until you reach desired consistency
Frost cake while warm

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