So, for my first attempt at cakey bribery, I thought I'd try out a recipe a friend of mine (Amy Kerry) gave me a while back, that I've been meaning to try out. Unfortunately, I only skimmed the ingredients list before I went shopping, so it's a bit modified - fingers crossed it tastes OK!
Fresh out of the oven, it looks like this:
The marshmallows in the batter make a lovely, gooey crust.
Iced, it looks like this:
with the icing running off the plate!
220g self-raising flour
1 tsp. Vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. cocoa
350ml coca cola
Stir the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.
Heat the margarine, cocoa and Coke to boiling point.
Pour over flour mixture and blend.
Add eggs and vanilla to flour.
Stir in Marshmallows. Batter will be thin and marshmallows will float.
Grease and flour a 9X13 inch pan.
Pour in the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a knife or skewer comes out with no cake mixture on. It'll have a little melted marshmallow stuck to it, that's normal.
Ice the cake while it's still warm.
2 Tbsp. cocoa
6 Tbsp. Coca cola
450g powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
Combine butter, cocoa and Cola. Heat to boiling.
Add sugar and blend. Add marshmallows and vanilla to mixture.
Spread on warm cake.
The cake came out a little flatter than I expected - or rather, it rose beautifully in the oven, then flattened a bit when I took it out. I don't know whether that's because I substituted the buttermilk for extra cola, whether it's the nature of the cake, or whether it's just something I've done to it.
The icing is really runny, and keeps trying to escape off the bottom of the plate. I just stuck the Tupperware over the top and I'm hoping it doesn't leak too much in my bag on the way to work...
The offcuts and the icing taste amazing, so I'm hoping this proves popular with the nurses!