Cherry Cola Cake

Grab a Cherry Cola and whip up this delicious chocolate cake from this Taste of Home© recipe.

Yield: 12 servings

Cherry Cola Cake
Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 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

 

FROSTING:

  • 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

Cherry ColaDirections:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. Divide marshmallows between pans.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.

Frosting Directions:

  1.  In a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme and juice concentrate on low speed just until blended.
  2. 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.

Tip: To frost sides as well as top of cake, double amounts for frosting.

 
Originally published as Cherry Cola Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2013

Loaded Potato Salad Recipe

Loaded Potato Salad
Load up on this Potato Salad! – Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup creamy Caesar salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Coarsely ground pepper, optional

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings.
  3. Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add bacon and reserved drippings; toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Whisk the mayonnaise, dressings, sour cream and mustard in a small bowl. Pour over potato mixture; toss to coat. Stir in onions and cheese. Sprinkle with pepper if desired.
Originally published as Loaded Potato Salad in Simple & Delicious April/May 2013, p55

Labor Day Quiz

Miss Labor Day
Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September.  It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy.  It is largely a day of rest.  Many mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events.

1. When the first Labor Day celebrated in the United States?

a. 1901
b. 1882
c. 1817
d. 1945

 

2. Where was the first Labor Day parade held?

a. Washington D.C.
b. Boston
c. New York
d. Chicago

 

3. Who founded Labor Day?

a. George Washington
b. Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor
c. Matthew Maguire, a machinist
d. No one is sure, but the Central Labor Union was the first to adopt a Labor Day proposal
e. Thomas J. Carver, founded of the National Farming Association

 

4. When was the American Federation of Labor founded?

a. 1880
b. 1886
c. 1932
d. 1776

 

Labor Day workers5. What was the original federal minimum wage?

a. $.75/hr
b. $1.25/hr
c. $.25/hr
d. $2.75/hr

 

6. Which state currently has the highest minimum wage?

a. Washington
b. Nevada
c. California
d. Maryland

 

7. In what year was the National Education Association (NEA) founded?

a. 1942
b. 1857
c. 1889
d. 1905

 

8. Throughout its history NESA (National Education Association) has lobbied for…

a. Collective bargaining
b. Lowering the voting age to 18
c. Women’s suffrage
d. Civil Rights
e. All of the Above