Steno Pad Recipes: Coke Cake

July 13th, 2013

A retro recipe for deliciously kitchsy Coke Cake

My mother-in-law, Millie, raised her family on classic Southern cooking. When she died in 1998, I inherited her wedding dress, her cast iron skillet and a steno pad of recipes my husband grew up with. Some of these have become our own children’s favorites. Others, I’ve never gotten around to making, so I’ve decided to blog my way through them all, building a digital record of her recipe pad. A printable recipe link can be found at the bottom of this post, with her ingredients and directions transcribed exactly as written. My adaptations are in brackets. Feel free to repin, test, tweak, and share. Millie would be pleased. 

Today’s recipe: Coke Cake. I needed something to bring to the Fourth of July picnic, and what could be more all-American than cake made with Coke? Except if you substitute European butter for “oleo.” And maybe use sugar-sweetened Mexican Coke, which I would have if I could have found it at Walmart that morning. But still, what’s more all-American than a cake made with Coke and imported ingredients? Nothing. The melting pot is delicious. God bless us all.

Coke Cake
  1. (Millie listed the ingredients with the directions. See below.)
In saucepan, mix
  1. 2 sticks oleo (butter)
  2. 4 T cocoa
  3. 1 c coke
Bring to boil, pour over
  1. 2 c flour
  2. 2 c sugar (I recommend using 1 cup sugar instead--it's plenty sweet)
Mix well and add
  1. 1/2 c buttermilk
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1 tsp soda
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
Mix thoroughly; add
  1. 1 1/2 c miniature marshmallows
  2. Bake in greased + floured pan 30 to 35 minutes at 350.
  1. 6 T coke
  2. 3 T cocoa
  3. 1 stick oleo (butter)
  4. Bring to a boil and pour over 1 box powdered sugar (1 lb). Mix well and spread over hot cake.
Adapted from Millie's Steno Pad
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3 Responses to “Steno Pad Recipes: Coke Cake”

  1. Marie says:

    Ah, I remember the days of oleo! Even my mother doesn’t call it that any more, though. Margarine all the way. Or in my case, butter! Wow, three sticks! Oh, boy. hehe.

    Kudos to you for working your way through the book (and documenting it), and making your family happy. My mother has a similar book in a little three ring binder. I started copying recipes over in the ’70s, but half of those recipes I don’t eat any more, alas. It’s still great to have the history.

  2. Alexandra says:

    You’re going to make this a real book, right? I’d love it.

  3. Sheryl says:

    Old family recipes FTW!

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