Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 319: Southerness is Close to Godliness

Fact: There is NOTHING like the South.

I knew that moving North of the Mason-Dixon line would be different, but by gosh it’s another world up here. You would think that just across the Ohio River or an imaginary line that was developed long ago would be so defining –but it is. People aren’t quite…how should I saw it, hospitable. And bless their hearts, they sure don’t know what good cookin’ is if it fell from the sky. Let’s not EVEN mention there’s nothing sweeter than a southern accent…those are few and far between in these neck of the woods. 

Today we got into one of our many discussions about my southern ways. After we get through the way I say pie {pronounced PIIIIIE}, we always find our way to the subject of food. This topic never ceases to amaze me! I don’t know how these folk survive. Involved in our conversation today was a new fella in training from Northern Iowa. As we got deeper into the conversation about the way HE said things like Agriculture {his pronunciation: Eggriculture}, I quickly learned he had never eaten at a Cracker Barrel or heard of the southern delicacies of Derby Pie or Coca-Cola Cake! Unbelievable!

So tonight I made it my duty to show this boy what Paula Dean means by EVERYTHING is better with Butter! I have never made a Coca-Cola Cake before, but I sure have eaten my fair share! I dug up a recipe and whipped up these northern guys some REAL food!

This post would not be complete without giving you the delicious recipe for my favorite dessert - Coca-Cola Cake!  
So, get in the kitchen and bake you up a southern slice of heaven!

2 cups self-rising flour
2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup Coca-Cola
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon cocoa
6 tablespoons Coca-Cola
1 box confectioner's sugar, (1pound)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preparation:Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan and set aside.
In a large bowl combine flour and sugar. 

In a saucpan combine the cocoa, Coca-Cola, butter, and marshmallows; bring to a boil. 

Combine the boiled mixture with the flour and sugar mixture.
In a separate bowl mix eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla; add to the first mixture. 

Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until cake tests done.
In a saucepan, bring butter, cocoa, and Coca-Cola to a boil. 

Stir in the sugar and mix well. Stir in nuts. 

Spread over the cake while both cake and frosting are still warm.
Serves about 16.

Frankly my dear…Southerness is close to Godliness!

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