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STS Cookin': Cola Bars

After a long hiatus that involved my return for California, it is time for another edition of STS Cookin'. This time we are venturing into new territory for the series, desserts. It is rather odd it has taken me this long to do a dessert considering how often I make them. At this point I think the Clemson Alumni Club bylaws indicate that I am required to bring a dessert to any of our events. This is possibly my favorite and likely something you haven't seen before; cola bars.

The name comes from the use of Coke in the recipe. The Coke makes everything a little lighter and coupled with the runny batter this ends up being a rather moist cake. The chocolate frosting ends up making the whole thing pretty decadent. The recipe came from an old edition of The Times-Picayune, the New Orleans newspaper. The family copy is now a faded yellow newspaper clipping, hard to believe we used to do that.



2 sticks Butter


2 cups Sugar

2 cups Flour

1/4 cup Baking Cocoa

1/2 tsp. Salt

2 large Eggs, beaten

1/2 cup Buttermilk

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla extract


1/3 cup Coke

1 stick Butter

2 tbsp. Water

1 box Confectioner's Sugar

1/3 cup Baking Cocoa

1 1/2 cup Small Marshmallows (optional)


1. Spray 9x13 glass baking dish with nonstick spray and preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. In saucepan, melt 2 sticks of butter in the Coke.

3. Add sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt to the saucepan, mix well. (I screwed up and used the wrong pot and had to switch it around. You definitely want to poor the dry ingredients into the saucepan, the heat will help reduce lumps)

4. Whisk in eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla.

5. Pour mixture into pan, it should level itself out.

6. Bake for 35-45 minutes; until cake pulls slightly away from the side of the pan

7. About 5-10 minutes before the cake is done, melt butter,coke, and water in saucepan. Bring it to a boil.

8. Add sugar and cocoa, mix well.

9. Mix in marshmallows if desired.

10. Spread icing over cake as soon as the cake is removed from the oven. Spread evenly. Allow to cool before serving so the frosting sets.