Coca Cola Cake

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(May 11, 1932 - September 2, 1986)
Diamond, Missouri

A nostalgic recipe: a family favorite and a midwestern/southern speciality for generations - now served at Cracker Barrel as Coca Cola Fudge Cake. Growing up mom called it "25 Minute Butter Cake." Older folks in the community called it "Depression Cake" or "Chocolate Sheet Cake." From what I've heard the Coca Cola ingredient was added to the basic cake recipe by someone in the South. Or so claims my husband, raised in South Carolina! This is my husband's, my son's and my favorite cake!

2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups small marshmallows
1 cup butter (or _ cup butter and _ cup vegetable oil)
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola®
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan and set aside
In a large bowl combine flour and sugar. Add marshmallows. In saucepan, mix butter/oil, cocoa, and Coca-Cola. Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients; blend well. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk just before adding to batter along with eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well. Pour into a well-greased 9x13-inch pan and bake 35 to 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and frost

To make frosting, combine butter, cocoa and Coca-Cola in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and pour over confectioners' sugar, blending well. Add vanilla extract and pecans. Spread over hot cake. When cool, cut into squares and serve. Very moist and rich!