Watching football games requires a lot of food–party food like chips, burgers, and football-shaped cakes; this is not the time to break out the tofu and veggie platter. When I heard my cheffy friend was making ribs for the first post-season Patriots game, I knew my snack contribution would languish in the corner. As with most of my friend’s recipes, the one for the ribs involved several complicated steps that one never questions because the results are always worth the 15 hours of labor expended. The ribs were marinated, rubbed, grilled, re-rubbed, and lovingly tented in foil until they were revealed in all their rib glory and promptly devoured.
No one can compete with that, so I used the gathering as an opportunity to try one of the numerous recipes I’ve clipped over the years, curious to see if the Coca-Cola Cake would be as gross as it sounds. Who better to experiment on than people who had just gorged on meaty goodness?
Turns out the cake, with its 1950s nostalgic feel, was delicious. People actually ate it. We played Guess the Secret Ingredient and after some good guesses of hot chocolate and pudding, the secret ingredient (a cup of soda in the cake and 1/4 cup in the icing) was revealed. Healthy? No. Interesting? Yes.
Here’s a link to a photo and the recipe I originally found in Coastal Living magazine. In the recipe, there’s another link to the icing. Mmmmm….