Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Easy Nut Free, Egg Free Vegan Cake, and More Then You Ever Wanted to Know About Coca Cola

Conor's birthday is coming around again, so it is time to dust off my wonderful, delicious, nut free, egg free vegan cake recipe.

Let me just preface this by saying this is not the cake for the purist the baker or the gourmet. It is not the cake for someone who treasures using fresh natural ingredients and making everything from scratch. This is certainly not the cake for Allergy Mom from the Allergic Kid Blog who can make a complex Danish Braid pastry from scratch without nuts, eggs or dairy, with one hand tied behind her back.

No, this is the cake for the cooking impaired chefs like me, who burn pasta (yes, I really did burn pasta the other day while boiling it in water on the stove.) This is the cake for the stressed out mothers of three who discover they need a cake for a birthday party tomorrow at school that no one told them about until 5 minutes ago. This is the cake for people who have three screaming fighting kids running around and who can't keep track of how much of what ingredients go where and when. Yes, this is the cake for me. The Coca Cola Cake.


(no, not that type of coke cake!)

1 box cake mix - any flavor

1 can soda - any flavor

(If you want the diet version, use diet soda)

Variations I've seen:

chocolate cake w/ coke

yellow cake w/ lemon-lime
My personal favorite (funfetti white cake with sprite) use your imagination for the combinations! Oh the possibilities!

Mix the dry cake mix with 10-12 oz of diet soda.

(Do not use the egg or oil listed on the box). especially if you have an egg allergy!

Spray a 9 x 12 cake pan (or cupcake tin) with non-stick spray and bake according to package instructions.

Some have said an entire can of soda makes the cake TOO moist ... 10 oz. seems to be the least I've seen suggested. Experiment yourself to find the best amount for your taste.--

Tip: Make sure to let the cake cook completely before you try to cut it. Because you aren't adding eggs, the cake will be tender and can tear if you cut it while it's warm.

I have made this cake in all sorts of shapes sizes and decorations, and it has always worked great. It has been Superman, a July 4th doll, a Power Ranger, Hello Kitty, Bob the Builder, a car, and a pumpkin.

A not so good picture of my beautiful July 4th Doll cake

One thing that is really fun is to take this cake to a party (especially the coke and chocolate version) and ask people if they can guess what the secret ingredient is. he he he

Now that you have seen the wonders of cooking with Coke, here are some more fascinating recipes you can make with coke.
This is the official Coca Cola site with hundreds of recipes made with Coke. Some of my favorite are the Cherry Coke Lentils, Japanese Pickled Cauliflower, and the Hungarian Goulash. Just goes to show you, never assume you know what ingredients are in your food.

Now, just in case you were thinking, wow, this is fascinating, what else can I do with Coca Cola??? Let me tell you......

Other Uses for Coca-Cola

And you thought it was only for drinking! Would you have ever guessed that you would be using Coke to clean your bathroom and wash your clothes? If not, check out these other handy uses for Coca-Cola.

Clean a Toilet Bowl
Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl. Let the real thing sit for one hour, then brush and flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china

Remove Grease from Clothes
Empty a can of Coke into a load of greasy work clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular wash cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains

Remove Rust Spots from Chrome Car Bumpers
Rubbing the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola will help remove rust spots

Loosen a Rusted Bolt
Applying a cloth soaked in a carbonated soda to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

Clean Corrosion from Car Battery Terminals
Pour a can of carbonated Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion

Bake a Moist Ham
Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.For more Coca-Cola recipes, click here!

Relieve Jelly Fish Stings
Coke can also be used to relieve the sting from Jelly Fish. All you have to do is pour the Coke over the sting.

Clean Tile Grout
Pour a can of Coca Cola on the tile. When wiped it up, the grout will be as white as can be!

Have Greener Grass
Spray Coca-Cola on your grass once a month for super green grass which remains greener than other lawns throughout the fall and winter months. Also, for green grass and no bugs, combine: 1 can of coke, 1 cup of ammonia and 1/4 cup of dish soap. Spray on grass once a month.

Common Cold Remedy
Take some fresh ginger and put it in a pot with a can of Coca Cola. Let it come to a boil and then cook on a low heat for a few minutes. Drink while warm. It will ease your cold symptoms!

Make a Tender Pot Roast
When preparing a pot roast, use Coke instead of water. It tenderizes and imparts a unique flavor.

Get Rid of Bug and Road Film
Got bug guts and road haze on you car windshield? Take a can of warm Coca Cola, shake and spray onto the windshield. Wipe it off and rinse and waa-laa, clean as could be!

If you want to see more bizarre and sometimes disturbing uses for Coca Cola, check out this site. Look only at your own risk.

1 comment:

Jennifer B said...

Interesting idea. I had heard something somewhere about using Coke to clean the toilet. A little scary--what does it do to our insides?

BTW, you are being "tagged"! I recently was tagged by The Nut-Free Mom, and in the spirit of blogging fun, I have decided to take up the "tagging challenge". Check Food Allergy Buzz for the rules and other tag info! Have a great weekend!