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I’ve never really felt like a good “gift-giver”.  I struggle finding the perfect gift and usually end up making a last minute decision that I’m not always happy with.  Each year I determine to start earlier and do better.  This year I think I’ve come up with some #Real Magic, at least for my dad, with a Coca-Cola themed gift basket.

I grew up in Atlanta, the home of Coca-Cola, where Coke isn’t just a beverage; it’s a way of life.  Many of my childhood memories are somehow related to Coke. I remember my grandmother drinking Coke from the tall, green, glass bottles, purchased in a wooden case and returned for the deposit.  I knew exactly what “The Real Thing” was and like most young children in the 70’s, I wanted to “buy the world a Coke and keep it company”…it’s the way it should be!  

Signs, billboards, amphitheaters and a museum proudly bearing the Coca-Cola name were just a part of the landscape and iconic images I took for granted in the many years I lived with my parents in Atlanta.

Time has passed and many things have changed.  I’ve officially lived outside my parent’s home as many years as I lived with them.  My dad retired and we’ve all moved away from Atlanta and each other.  But, one thing has NOT changed for us, Coca-Cola is still a way of life. 

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The inspiration for this gift basket came from this cooler I passed on my way into Wal-Mart the other day.  I decided to use the Coke theme to remind my dad of special memories from years gone by.  

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First, Moon Pies to remind him of his childhood.  My dad talks about stopping by the store on his way home from school for Moon Pies and Coke.    

Second, a bag of salted peanuts to remind him of a special memory with my son.  Last year, while talking on the phone to my son, my dad mentioned Peanuts and Coke.  (You put the peanuts in the bottle and eat/drink them together)  My son had never heard of such a thing but was anxious to try it….but only with Granddaddy.  It was a few months until my parent’s next visit but my son insisted on purchasing the Coke and peanuts right away…so we did.  We hung on to them until my parents arrived when they could share a Coke and peanuts together. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a special memory.    

Lastly, Coca-Cola Cake…a true Southern recipe for a true Southern gentleman.  Since it wasn’t practical to bake a cake for the basket, I put the ingredients in a jar and added an extra Coke so my mom can make it for him when they get back home.

Here’s the Recipe: 

Diet Coke should not be used

Cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola with fizz
  • 1 ½ cups small marshmallows
  • cup butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

  • ½ cups butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
  • 1 box (16-ounces) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan 

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In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar – set aside

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In a second bowl, combine butter, cocoa powder and Coke

*Do NOT drink the rest of your Coke, it’s needed for the frosting*

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Pour Coke mixture over flour and stir until blended

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Add buttermilk,eggs, baking soda and vanilla

Mix well and stir in marshmallows

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Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 40 minutes

Just before cake is done, prepare frosting 

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Frosting:

In a small saucepan combine butter, cocoa and Coke

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Bring to boil and pour over powdered sugar

Whisk until smooth then add nuts, if using

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Pour immediately over cake

Cool completely before serving…or have a piece warm, I can’t seem to wait

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I chose to garnish with whole pecans rather than chop them for the frosting.

 I’m sure we’ll Share a Smile when my dad sees his basket.  

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Cake
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 cup Coca-Cola with fizz
  4. 1 ½ cups small marshmallows
  5. 1 cup butter or margarine
  6. 3 tablespoons cocoa
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. ½ cups buttermilk
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting
  1. ½ cups butter
  2. 3 tablespoons cocoa
  3. 6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
  4. 1 box (16-ounces) powdered sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar – set aside
  4. In a second bowl, combine butter, cocoa powder and Coke
  5. Pour Coke mixture over flour and stir until blended
  6. Add buttermilk,eggs, baking soda and vanilla
  7. Mix well and stir in marshmallows
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 40 minutes
  9. Just before cake is done, prepare frosting
Frosting
  1. In a small saucepan combine butter, cocoa and Coke
  2. Bring to boil and pour over powdered sugar
  3. Whisk until smooth
  4. Add nuts (if using)
  5. Pour immediately over cake
  6. Cool completely before serving
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14 Responses

    1. Danita

      I had to leave the reminder because I DID drink the rest of the Coke…I hadn’t read the frosting directions. Just had to open another one.

  1. Oh my gosh! This cake looks absolutely delicious and I love the memory you shared about your father and your son. Peanuts and Coke must be a southern thing because I think I remember my mom talking about doing that as a kid.

    1. Danita

      Joanie, totally a Southern thing. Must be in a glass bottle and usually enjoyed in the car, on a road-trip after being purchased at a gas station. Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas!

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