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From Portland's Palate...A Collection of Recipes from the City of Roses, published in cooperation with your DailyInbox newsletter.


INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE:

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1/2 cup Coca-Cola
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INGREDIENTS FOR THE FROSTING:

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1-1/2 tablespoons baking cocoa
3/4 cup Coca-Cola
2 to 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup broken pecans

TO PREPARE THE CAKE:

*  Mix the sugar, flour and baking powder in a bowl.  Bring the butter, baking cocoa and Coca-Cola to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to blend well.  Pour over the dry ingredients gradually, mixing well.

*  Combine the buttermilk, egg and vanilla in a bowl; mix well.  Add to the batter; mix well.  Spoon into a greased and floured 8x8-inch cake pan.

*  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

TO PREPARE THE FROSTING AND ASSEMBLE:

*  Bring the butter, baking cocoa and Coca-Cola to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to blend well; remove from heat.  Stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla.

*  Pour the hot frosting over the warm cake; top with the pecans.  Let stand until cool.

SERVES:  
8

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