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Experience the 50s with Coca-Cola recipes

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By Susan Lowery

 

 

Both of this week’s recipes have been around a long time, just like me. They both use Coke as a main ingredient. My grandma Ruth Spicer made this Coke Salad for her bridge-playing friends. Sometimes she used maraschino cherries, and other times she used those big dark red bing cherries. I liked that version best.
The Coca Cola cake was very popular when I was a teenager. I think Mom made it for my 16th birthday. It can actually be made with Pepsi or RC Cola also, but my family was a Coke family. My small town was made up of about half Coke people and half Pepsi people, with a few folks who lived on the edge with their Nehi, Grapette, or root beer (my grandpa’s favorite.)
Make these recipes and experience the fifties!

Coke Salad
1 (6-oz.) pkg. red raspberry gelatin
2 c. boiling water
1 1/2 c. Coke
1 c. chopped pecans
1 c. maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
Add boiling water to gelatin and stir until completely dissolved. Stir in Coke.  Chill until mixture is slightly thicker than consistency of thick unbeaten egg whites. Stir occasionally while chilling. Lightly oil a 1 1/2 quart mold.  When gelatin mixture is thickened, mix in pecans and cherries. Turn into mold and chill in refrigerator until firm. To unmold, run tip of knife carefully around edges of mold. Invert onto a chilled serving plate. Makes 6-8 servings.

Coca-Cola Cake
1 c. butter (2 sticks)
1/4 c. cocoa
1 c. Coca-Cola
2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. mini marshmallows
Heat to boiling butter, cocoa, and Coke. Add flour, sugar and soda. Mix gently.  Stir in buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, and marshmallows. Pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Frost while still warm.

Frosting:
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. cocoa
6 T. Coke
1 c. mini marshmallows
1 lb. box powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 c. nuts (optional)

Heat to boiling butter, cocoa and Coke. Add marshmallows, stirring till dissolved. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Add nuts if desired. Spread over warm cake.