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From "True Grits...Tall Tales and Recipes from the New South," published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox 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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