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July 11, 2013
This classic drink started in the soda shops in the '50s, but soon merged into a fan favorite when it was bottled in the early 2000s. While it can still be found sparsely throughout the U.S., making the drink at home is so simple you can sip on a favorite piece of nostalgia in no time.
Calories Per Serving
- 12 Ounces Coca-Cola
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla syrup
Spoon the syrup into a glass of Coke. Stir.
Calories Per Serving177
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Mini Vanilla Cake Recipe
I love making cakes, but it&rsquos a lot harder to share them with my friends and family right now. To avoid waste and continue to get my baking fix, I decided to work on a mini vanilla cake recipe.
This recipe is based on my vanilla layer cake recipe, but has a few modifications that allow you to make it by hand!
I wanted this recipe to be easy peasy, so that you have no excuse not to get busy in the kitchen if you&rsquore bored!
Coca-Cola Soda Bar and Easy Game Day Desserts
Today’s post is packed full of fun ideas to help make your big game party a huge hit! In our house, we are huge Coke fans so a Coca-Cola Soda Bar and Easy Game Day Desserts for everyone to enjoy is a must have at our “Home Bowl” festivities. We love creating flavored soda drinks in our house, there are so many possibilities and everyone loves coming up with new ideas.
Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago when I shared my RITZ Sloppy Joe Sliders I’ve teamed up with Coca-Cola and NABISCO to bring you some awesome game day ideas, recipes, and tips. Be sure you scroll to the bottom of this post when you’re done checking out my fun tips and recipes to see how you can win a Coca-Cola & NABISCO “Home Bowl” Prize Pack valued at $400!
What you need for a great Coca-Cola Soda Bar:
– Coca-Cola glass bottled soda
– Coca-Cola cans in your favorite flavor
– Flavored syrups – I used Cherry, Vanilla, Coconut, and Blackberry
– Syrup pumps for easy dispensing, I found mine HERE
– Mason jars
– Paper straws, I used Red and Black
Fill a cute container with your paper straws, you can also set a cute paper straw inside each mason jar that you set out so it’s easy to grab for your guests. I made simple labels for each of my syrup bottles to give them all a cohesive look for the design of my Soda Bar. Be sure to empty a small amount of syrup from each bottle before adding your pumps or it will overflow.
Some of our favorite soda combos are Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke, Cherry-Vanilla Coke, Lime Coke, Blackberry Coke, and one of my personal favorites is a Coke Zero with Coconut syrup and fresh lime juice. It’s so good!
The Blackberry Coke is another new favorite, paired with a fresh squeeze of a lemon wedge it’s definitely one to try.
When you’re making your drinks you can instruct guests to fill their glasses with ice, add 3-4 pumps of the flavored syrups, pour ice-cold Coca-Cola in the glass, and garnish with the coordinating garnishes.
Everyone loves a vintage inspired glass Coca-Cola bottle, so be sure to have plenty on hand for all your guests to have at least one on game day.
I created a fun backdrop for my Soda Bar with a giant chalkboard. It’s the perfect way to give our guests some drink suggestions. You can use a chalkboard and decorate it however you’d like, add football inspired graphics, or fun banners.
Here’s another great idea. Appetizers and quick recipes are usually the most popular at any gathering, and all parties need some sweet treats as well as the savory appetizers. So I’m sharing two easy dessert ideas, first up is a Cherry-Vanilla Coke Float.
A frosty float is perfect since you already have the Soda Bar set up, all you need to add is ice cream! Everyone loves an ice cream float.
Prep oven and pans and begin mixing ingredients for this classic vanilla cake recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease three nine-inch round cake pans, line them with parchment paper, then grease the parchment paper. (You want maximum lift-out ease!)
In a bowl, whisk together the cake flour, half a teaspoon of the salt, and the baking powder, and set the mixture aside.
Next, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl if you are using a hand mixer), beat three-quarters of a cup of the butter, the oil, and the granulated sugar on medium-high speed until it forms a texture that's light and fluffy, which will take about two minutes.
Make This Recipe With:
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Cherry-Vanilla Soda Syrup
Yield Makes 2 cups (enough for about 16 drinks)
- Calories 149
- Fat 0.0 g (0.0%)
- Saturated 0.0 g (0.0%)
- Carbs 37.7 g (12.6%)
- Sugars 37.6 g
- Protein 0.0 g (0.0%)
- Sodium 57.8 mg (2.4%)
sweet cherried, pitted and halved (about 3 cups)
seltzer, lemon-lime soda, Coke, or Pepsi
Stir the cherries, sugar, vanilla bean pod and its seeds, and water together in a medium high-sided saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes.
Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a heat-proof lidded container like a Mason jar. Cool to room temperature or refrigerate until cold.
To serve, stir 2 tablespoons syrup into each 8-ounce glass of seltzer or soda, then add more if you prefer.
Delicious Homemade Vanilla Cake Recipes
When it comes to baking, we’ll happily accept and thoroughly enjoy just about any delicious treat at all. If we’re the ones doing the baking, however, we tend to nearly always choose to make a cake! There’s just something so satisfying about making a beautiful whole piece that you can then split into pieces to share with your loved ones. Which flavour of cake is our favourite changes all the time, but recently we’ve been on a complete binge of the simplest tasting kind we just can’t get enough vanilla cake! That might not sound like the most exciting thing ever, but we think you’ll be surprised to learn how many different types of vanilla cake there are to make out there, and just how subtly different each one can taste.
Just in case you love vanilla cake as much as we do, here are 15 different recipes for your favourite thing, each one as delicious and worth trying as the last!
1. Vanilla sponge cake with vanilla buttercream icing
We all know people who love cake but aren’t really big fans of icing. We guess we can understand the logic behind that but, personally, we’ve always loved icing so much that we happen to operate on a policy of the more icing, the better! We doubt you’ll be surprised to learn, then, that we’ve made this delicious sponge cake smothered in vanilla buttercream icing several times! Each time we serve this to our family, they can’t help asking for a second piece. Find the full recipe for both the cake and the icing on Sweety Salado.
2. Homemade fluffy vanilla cake with edible flower garnish
Rather than loving the icing the most, have you always mostly been in love with the satisfyingly fluffy cake texture that a vanilla cake features? Then we have a feeling this extra fluffy recipe from The Spruce is exactly what you’ve been looking for! We love the way they guide you clearly through the process of making the perfect sponge and even some icing with a hint of extra vanilla flavour, but we mostly love the idea of topping your cake with edible flowers to add a subtly sweet taste!
3. Super simple vanilla cake
Perhaps your baking skills are good but still at a beginner’s level so you’re looking for a recipe that will keep things as simple as your taste in flavour? Then here’s a nice, easy vanilla cake recipe that will have you baking way more often than you used to! Vanilla sponge, vanilla cream filling, and vanilla icing make this one delicious with every single bite, and we have Give Recipe to thank for that.
4. The best vanilla cupcake ever
Perhaps you live alone and, even though you love to share your baking with your friends, you find making large cakes kind of inconvenient for doing so? Then we have a feeling you’ll get along with this delicious vanilla cupcake recipe a lot better! The delicious sponge cake texture and the creamy vanilla icing that you love most are all present, but in a hand-held version that you can pass out to the people you love without hassle. Get the full recipe on Hub Pages.
5. Vanilla butter cake
Even though you love all kinds of vanilla cake, have you always had a bit of a preference for the recipes that are a little more dense and filling, rather than the kind that are a little more fluffy? We quite like these ones too, and we find that they don’t necessarily need icing to taste great. They’re almost more like a dessert bread than a classic cake and we’re totally okay with that! This delicious vanilla butter cake from Hungry Forever is the perfect example of what we mean.
6. Glazed and fruit topped vanilla cake
No matter how much you love vanilla cake on its own, sometimes it’s nice to have something to pair it with, just to amp up the taste game even more. What’s our favourite thing to top our cake with, then, you ask? Well, we’re pretty much obsessed with adding mixed berries to our vanilla sponge cake, especially if there’s a light vanilla glaze to top it all off! Find out how this mouth watering, berry filled creation was made on Butter With a Side of Bread.
7. Homemade French vanilla bundt cake
Did we really catch your eye when we were talking about denser cake recipes but you’d actually prefer to go even less fluffy than the butter cake recipe we showed you earlier on our list? In that case, we have a feeling you’re going to completely adore this vanilla bundt cake idea from Recipe Tips! Whether you eat it plain or pour a bit of sweet cream on top, it’s complete satisfaction with every bite.
8. Eggless vanilla sponge cake
Have you actually been looking for alternative vanilla spongecake recipes because you’re trying to cut certain things out of your diet? Perhaps you have a family member who eats vegan or is allergic to eggs. In either case, we think we’ve finally found the recipe for you! Check out how iDiva made this eggless vanilla spongecake that’s so good you won’t even notice the difference.
9. Double vanilla ice cream cake
Now, we did say at the beginning of this list that we’d be talking about vanilla cakes in particular, but we don’t think we specified that we’d stick to a particular kind of vanilla cake, so here’s an awesome alternative to all of the spongecake dishes we’ve shown you so far! Vanilla ice cream cake might not be a groundbreaking idea in itself, but we’d never actually tried making our own at home until we came across this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker. Now our kids beg us to make it all the time because it’s nothing short of mouth watering!
10. Vanilla first birthday smash cake
Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to find a vanilla cake recipe that’s made in a smaller dimension? We know that any recipe will do, really, but we also know that some amateur bakers might not feel comfortable adjusting ingredient proportion to change the recommended side of the cake, just in case it changes the way it tastes too. Just in case you feel like you need a bit of guidance when it comes to making smaller vanilla cakes, here’s a cute birthday smash cake sized recipe from Belle of The Kitchen!
11. Triple layer vanilla buttercream cake
Were you intrigued by the idea of a rich, delicious buttercream vanilla cake but you actually think you might prefer something even more decadent than the first buttercream idea we showed you earlier? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at this practically gourmet triple layered version of a vanilla buttercream cake featured on Wedding Bee! Even with all that cake and icing going on, somehow this recipe still has a perfect balance of the two with each bite.
12. Moist and heavenly paleo vanilla cake
Now, don’t get us wrong, we are always big fans of making the most delicious, decadent, and dense full-fat, full sugar version of a recipe we can find, as long as we practice self control and don’t make those things too often. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t keep a few healthier and more diet conscious recipes on hand for when we host friends and family who prefer to eat something a little less heavy! This paleo vanilla cake recipe from Paleo Grubs is the perfect example of what we mean. It’s so moist and pleasant tasting that you’ll hardly even notice a difference between bites of this and bites of any other vanilla cake you’ve ever tried!
13. Six layer vanilla bean birthday cake
Did you think we’d reached maximum decadence when we started talking about triple layer spongecakes earlier on our list? Well, that recipe certainly was a lovely one, but that’s actually not the tallest vanilla cake we came across in our search! Believe it or not, Sugary and Buttery actually topped our list for tallest cake by not just beating the triple record… but doubling it! Check out their recipe to learn how six layers of vanilla goodness happens.
14. Vintage vanilla cake recipe from scratch
If you’re going to make yourself a cake from scratch, would you prefer to stick to the traditional recipes that you know are tried and true? In that case, we would absolutely suggest checking out this unbelievably delicious old fashioned vanilla cake recipe from Wonky Wonderful. This cake might have the closest icing-to-sponge ratio to perfection that we’ve been able to find so far.
15. Easy vanilla pound cake
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about cakes so dense that they taste like dessert breads, but you’d actually like to take that concept even further? In that case, we definitely think making a poundcake is your best option. We’ve made countless of these precise vanilla poundcakes featured on Fit For a Taste before and they’ve been a huge hit with absolutely everyone, every single time!
Do you know someone who loves and adores vanilla cake just as much as we do and who you know would love to try as many different kinds of recipes as they can? Share this post with them so they have lots of kinds to choose from!
The Strangely Delicious Combo of Coca-Cola and Coffee
It’s not totally out of left field that coffee𠅊 brown, caffeinated liquid—would go well when mixed with another brown, caffeinated liquid. I’m talking about coffee and Coca-Cola, a combination of two vital drinks that will throw a powerful taste-party in your mouth.
The act of mixing coffee into new and exciting food and drinks certainly isn’t a foreign concept: You have coffee-flavored soda, coffee toffee, coffee ice cream, the list goes on. I first learned about coffee-and-Coke after watching a manager mix Pepsi into his espresso at the coffee shop where we worked. He told me he𠆝 been doing it for years and pointed me in the direction of Manhattan Special and the short-lived Coca-Cola BlāK. Knowing that Pepsi tastes like Coke’s less refined second cousin, I decided to heed his advice and pour some soda into my espresso.
The combo was nothing short of magical: sweet, warm, hot, and just the right amount of bitter. Naturally, it all depends on where you get your coffee and how you choose to brew it, but I’ve found that a piping-hot espresso brings out the caramel flavor of the Coke (over Diet Coke) the best. Most recently, I’ve been sourcing my espresso from Savannah roasters, PERC Coffee. PERC picks a new coffee source each month and ensures their farmers are compensated fairly. September’s Guatemala Waykan proved to be a perfect accompaniment to Coke because of its nuanced hints of toffee, almond, caramel, and chocolate.
On my quest to answer the only obvious follow-up question of “how much better would this be with booze?” I chatted with Tom Baker, managing founder of Mr. Black Roasters and Distillers, who assured me that, yes, boozy coffee cola is a thing.
𠇌offee, when used correctly, can genuinely pair with most flavors,” Baker says. “It’s far more versatile than people think. People in Mexico drink it with tequila and mezcal, the Irish with whiskey, the Italian with grappa, and the French with cognac. Coffee is also used extensively in BBQ sauces (see Franklin BBQ in Austin’s recipe) and brisket rub. In Australia, we cold brew it, mix it with wheat vodka, and call it Mr. Black.”
Baker says that it’s people in his home country of Australia who have really figured out how to get the most out of coffee combinations, even going as far as to mix it with prosecco.
Of course, not everyone is a coffee combo enthusiast. "I&aposve never understood coffee and other combinations,” says Paul Schlader, Co-Founder of Birch Coffee, “I’ve never understood coffee and booze. I enjoy great quality coffee. I take my coffee black. Always. 100% of the time."
Others are open to switching it up by mixing Coke and coffee, but insist upon knowing exactly what kind of coffee you’re putting in your soda and as well as figuring out the perfect ration.
“The combination is intriguing, but something that requires a bit of care to execute well,” says Philip Brown, founder and owner of PERC Coffee. “How is the coffee prepared? Is it a shot of espresso? Nitro cold brew? Cold brew concentrate? What’s the ratio of cola to coffee and what other ingredients are incorporated to the drink?”
Obviously, there’s no right or wrong way to do it, and that’s what makes this uncharted territory so exciting. Want to pour a hot espresso into a cup and top it off with Coke? Hell yeah. Diet Coke and cold brew? Why not. Drip coffee carefully poured into a half-empty bottle by way of a funnel? OK, sure. But isn’t that what makes coffee so fun? It’s one of those things that tastes wonderful if you follow all of the rules, but can also be personalized by specifically breaking the rules. In the end, it’s up to you.
Dirty Diet Coke
- Diet Coke
- Coconut Syrup
- Limes or Lime Syrup
- Half and Half (optional)
Start with a nice big glass (this one is a quart-sized mason jar) and fill it with lots of ice. Pebble ice is ideal but I couldn’t find anywhere to buy it in my tiny town. If you have a Sonic nearby they sell their pebble ice by the bag full!
Next add your Diet Coke. I fit about a can and a third in my jar.
Add a couple of tablespoons of coconut syrup. The Torani brand syrup comes in regular and sugar free. I’ve tried both and can’t really tell a difference.
Now squeeze in a couple of lime wedges and throw them in the jar. Jill and I experimented today and tried it with both fresh lime juice and lime syrup. We both actually like the syrup better! But these are generally made with fresh limes.
If you’re feeling really adventurous add a splash of half and half at the end. So, so good!
Top it off with a cute straw and you’re ready to indulge!
I always stick with my Dirty Diet Coke when I go to one of these drink stands, but I’ve heard about lots of other delicious combos. So I stocked up on a variety of syrups and fruit purees and Jill and I went to town yesterday trying out lots of different flavor combinations!
We used either Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Sprite or Mountain Dew as our base sodas. We figured out that Diet Coke (or regular Coke) and Dr. Pepper are interchangeable just depending on your taste preference. Sprite and Mountain Dew can be swapped as well.
For syrups we went with coconut, lime, strawberry, raspberry, and cherry.
I whipped up some fresh strawberry, raspberry and mango purees. These are so easy to make! Just throw some fresh fruit, sugar and lemon juice in your blender and blend until smooth. And finally we had our half and half.
Here are the combos we liked the best:
- Strawberry syrup (or puree) and half and half
- Strawberry or cherry syrup
- Mango puree and half and half
- Coconut syrup and half and half
Diet Coke with:
- Raspberry syrup (or puree) and lime syrup (or juice)
- Cherry syrup and lime syrup (or juice)
- Mango puree and coconut syrup
- Raspberry puree and half and half
Mountain Dew with:
Dr. Pepper with:
- Coconut syrup and lime syrup (or juice)
- Raspberry syrup (or puree) and lime syrup (or juice)
It was a lot of fun making up new soda concoctions…although a tad messy. But that was part of the fun! I think having a “soda mixing station” at a party would be a great time. :-)
Have you jumped on the “Dirty” drink bandwagon? Do you have any other favorite flavor combinations?
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a greased 8&Prime square (or round&hellipI prefer the round, but I&rsquove made this in both) baking pan.
Make 3 depressions in the dry ingredients &ndash two small and one large. Pour the vinegar and vanilla in each of the two smaller depressions, and the vegetable oil in the large one.
Pour water over the entire thing and mix until smooth.
Bake on the middle rack of the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Let it cool, then top with your favorite frosting and enjoy!
If you&rsquore more of a chocolate fan, check out our Chocolate Crazy Cake recipe!