Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake

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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 18 12
    ounces devil's food cake mix (see note)
  • 3
    eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 13
    cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  • 1
    (16 ounce) bottle Coca-Cola
  • 2
    tablespoons orange peel, grated
  • 12
    cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12
    large strawberries, preferably unhulled
  • 12
    cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1
    (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar
  • 3
    tablespoons powdered instant chocolate drink mix, such as Nestles Quik
  • 1 12
    teaspoons vanilla extract
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 350°F; grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using 1 1/3 cups cola in place of water and stirring 1 tablespoon grated orange peel in batter.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 30 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Invert cake onto wire rack cool completely.
  • Cake may be made and stored, tightly wrapped, up to two days before decorating.
  • Note: For firmer cake, use one 16-ounce package of pound cake mix, stirring in 1/3 cup powdered chocolate drink mix along with grated orange peel. Use cola for the liquid bake as directed.
  • Stir chocolate chips in small heavy saucepan over very low heat until melted and smooth; remove from heat.
  • Dip strawberries into chocolate to coat halfway, placing each berry as it is dipped on cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  • Refrigerate berries until ready to use.
  • Cut cooled cake horizontally into 2 equal layers with sharp serrated knife; place bottom layer on large cookie sheet.
  • Beat butter in large bowl with mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy, gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and chocolate drink mix until smooth.
  • Beat 1/3 cup of remaining cola, remaining 1 tablespoon grated orange peel and vanilla until thoroughly blended and smooth.
  • Spread half of frosting over bottom cake layer; top with second layer.
  • Swirl remaining frosting over top of cake. Cut cake into 12 portions; arrange on platter.
  • Decorate with chocolate-dipped strawberries.
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