Well it’s Friday night which usually means Movie Night in our House.
Out of the blue three of my four kids are down with flu but are very content to play XBox in their bedrooms , while Mum (as in me) acts as “nursemaid”. Mind you not even flu has managed stop them arguing so they can’t be that sick. My daughter & hubbie are away too so it looks like I’ll be doing movie night alone this week!
Not than I’m complaining. I have my favorite film “The Notebook” all ready in the DVD Player and a bottle of Italian Wine cooling in the fridge. I’m all set for my movie night. So to cheer the boys up and allay my slightly guilty feelings, I decided to bake them a little treat this afternoon. A simple but very delicious Coca Cola Loaf.
I always use my favorite lemon loaf for this recipe. It’s my Mum’s recipe and great for adapting different flavours. So along with the usual lemon juice I added some lime juice and lime zest. Now I did add some Cola to the batter but you can’t really taste the coke. This is where the coca cola drizzle comes in. Nothing fancy here you just warm up the coke and as soon as the hot cake comes out of the oven, poke a few holes in the top and just pour it over the top. It works just like a lemon drizzle, a little bit more sticky than normal but really good and you can taste the coke!
When it was cool I finished it off with a drizzle of salted caramel and white chocolate. The crowning glory is an assortment of jelly cola bottles. I mean who can resist a jelly cola bottle. Definitely not me I finished off both packets while I was baking the cake. I was lucky there was a few left for the decoration. The fizzy ones are my favorite, and they were really fizzy this time. I thought my tongue would explode.
I’ve made this Coca Cola Loaf quite a few times especially around birthdays, kids seem to love anything that has cola in it. We all especially love Baked Coca Cola Ham, you definitely should try baking your ham this way. I use Nigella Lawson’s recipe and it turns out the most delicious ham every time.
Well I’m keeping it short & sweet with this post, my wine is just chilled. I just have to grab a box of tissues because no matter how many times I watch this film (and it has been more than 10). I still bawl my eyes out.
This Coca Cola Loaf is so simple and delicious.. I mean who can resist Jelly coca bottles at any time. The caramel drizzle finishes things off nicely.. This is great for kids parties
- 175g butter
- 175g caster sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tbsp. cola
- 225g self-rising flour
- Zest of 1 lemon, Zest of 1 lime, finely grated zest
- 1 small bottle of cola 335ml or just use a can
- Jelly Cola Bottles, melted white chocolate for decorating, caramel (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.
- Grease a loaf tin and line with baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar together until light & fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition
- Add the 2 tbsp coke & the flour, then add the lemon and lime zest.
- Spoon into the prepared cake tin and cook in the oven for about 55 minutes (or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.)
- As soon as the cake goes into the oven, Make the cola drizzle – heat the coke gently in a pot until warm, and as soon as the cake comes out of the oven poke some holes with a cocktail stick and pour the coke drizzle over the cake. Let it soak in for 15 mins then remove from tin.
- Let it cool on a wire rack.
- When cake is cold - melt the white chocolate chips and drizzle the melted chocolate & caramel (if using) over the cake.
- Decorate with jelly cola bottles
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Hope you like the recipe as much as our family does, it is a very easy bake.
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