C H A L L E N G E – Try this “family-famed” fail – Velvet Cola Cake

We had moved up into the hills over our rural town (111 m (c.364 ft.) altitude),
to a station at c.330m (c. 1,1246 ft.) altitude.

The station is ringed (approximately); the arrow points to where our cottage was.
The station is ringed (approximately; the arrow points to where our cottage was.

It was a heck of a steep gravelled road uphill, but the cottage was great. Beside the road ran a stream, from which I could collect watercress. In some of the station’s paddocks we could collect mushrooms – buckets and buckets of them. Around the cottage in the fields were huge limestone boulders, and a patch of native bush which the station owner was replanting and tidying. And the gravel drive from which we turned off to our cottage carried on to the shearing shed and holding yards. A great early life for the first toddler.


The cookery book
The cookery book

With my favourite cooking book, and my fist toddler, I decided to try the recipe named in the title. I knew I had to let the cola go ‘flat’ before starting, but eventually the batter was in the cake pan and in the oven. Toddler and I pottered around washing up the bits and bobs we’d used, with him climbing down from the step stool periodically to look into the oven. When I heard a tentative “O-o-o-oh,” I figured it was time to see what he was seeing.

Hoh boy! Cake batter erupting up and out over the cake pan rim, dripping down through the oven racks and piling up in peaks on the oven floor.
The oven was switched off, and I did my best to console unhappy toddler who’d realised there’s be no nice cake.
But you know what? Once the oven was cold, and I lifted out the pans and tasted what was left, it tasted delish.

So off came the oven door, and toddler and I sat at the oven reaching in and snatching off the driblets and piles of batter, and it was like sharing a bowl of sweet snack food! He learned really early the difference between stalactites and stalagmites (the former have to hold ‘tight’ or they’ll fall, the latter ‘might’ grow up to the roof).

I figured out what had happened…– being c. 900 ft.+ higher, things boil at a lower temperature than down in the town. Even jam could boil madly and never reach setting temperature!

So… my challenge is, for You to have a go at this recipe. Tell me what I need to know: just how ‘flat’ does the ‘flat’ cola have to be?

THE Recipe
THE Recipe





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