The Peaches are Cream and the Coke’s in the Oven

We’re pleased to present another post from our TFGC (that’s Token Female Guest Contributor), Deborah Krauss. We felt the need to point out that she wrote this, because no Real Southern Man would ever use “OMG.” Here’s Deb:

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Get ready to vote for #4 Homemade Peach Ice Cream or #13 Coca-Cola Cake! It’s the Cakes, Puddings and Ice Cream division of the Southern Sweets Showdown.

A few years ago, my sister gave our daddy a Christmas present that would change our lives forever: The Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Recipe Book. OMG. If you haven’t added this to your cookbook collection, go get it right now. We’ll wait… Back yet? It’s amazing, amirite? Hoo-boy!

I had always politely turned down the melty, slightly sloppy homemade ice cream of years past. (What? If they were cranking up the ice cream freezer, there had to be a cake SOMEWHERE on the premises.) But apparently, B&J don’t just give you the recipes; they give you all sorts of tips, too, like “packing”, which apparently solves the melty-sloppy problem. Anyway, this isn’t a paid advertisement for Ben & Jerry’s (please send samples and vouchers to Deborah c/o RSM), it’s an ode to creamy, cold, lick-it-straight-off-the-paddle homemade ice cream, loaded with the best of the ripest Chilton County peaches at the roadside stand that day, #4 Homemade Peach Ice Cream. And if you have some pecans lying around, don’t mind if I do.

The other contender in this round is a testament to the creativity of Southern ladies during World War II. Even though sugar was rationed, no table would be complete without a cake. So what to do, what to do… Make do with what you have! And in the South, you ALWAYS have Coke.

Refresco, indeed.

#13 Coca-Cola Cake is exactly what it sounds like… a cake made with Coke, frosted with icing made with Coke. And if that doesn’t pretty much define Southern goodness for you, well, I got no help for you. In a region where people ask if you want a Coke, then ask you what kind, a chocolate Coca-Cola Cake is the perfect combination of sweet baked goodness and tradition. Something about the effervescent Coke makes the cake itself fluffy and tender, and when layered with chocolatey Coke-flavored frosting, there’s nothing better. Given an uninterrupted hour and a fork, I can eat the whole blasted thing do some serious damage to a double-layer chocolate Coke cake. Hey, I told you, I’m a cake girl.

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3 Responses to “The Peaches are Cream and the Coke’s in the Oven”

  1. I find the articles by Deborah not only extremely creative and entertaining, but the recipes ideas are awesome. Anxiously I look for her article. A smart move if you make her a regular.

  2. The first time I ever heard of Coca-Cola cake was when I worked at Cracker Barrel. They only make it seasonally, and boy is that cake good!!

    PS: I’m a cake girl, too

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