Doesn't this look pretty and delicious?
I love the combination of cherry cola and chocolate! We have recently discovered Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper, which I think would also work.
This recipe comes from one of my favorite food websites, Taste of Home. Link follows the recipe!
- 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter, cubed
- 1 cup cherry-flavored cola
- 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
- 2 tablespoons frozen cherry-pomegranate juice concentrate, thawed
- Fresh sweet cherries with stems
Preheat oven to 350°.
Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
Divide marshmallows between pans.
In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar and baking soda.
In a small saucepan, combine butter, cola and cocoa; bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
In a small bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, whisking constantly.
Pour into prepared pans, dividing batter evenly. (Marshmallows will float to the top.)
Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme and juice concentrate on low speed just until blended.
Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread top with 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer; spread with remaining frosting. Decorate with cherries.
Yield: 12 servings.