ice cream float cake


what a crazy busy week it has been over here! we're in the midst of moving from toronto to niagara & i am surrounded by boxes + more boxes. my sister came down from alberta, so we celebrated her 28th birthday right before she left for a destination wedding in mexico. one of my best friends also got married this week, i was one of the bridesmaids & i made the wedding cake!!! it was my first wedding cake EVER & also my first time making a multi-layer cake. in case you missed it over on snap chat you can see the cake here. while i was extremely nervous over it (even that may be an understatement), i was so happy with the results.. maybe this will be the start of many more wedding cakes?!? cake aside, the wedding was perfect. we made the most of a cold may day, ate a ton of delicious italian food & in the end i caught the bouquet (uhhh ohhh). anyways, this cola cake is the cake i made for my sister's birthday! she is the one who introduced me to a cola cake, but the one she makes is not meant to be a layered cake. it is a gooey chocolate cola cake that is glazed in butter & cola! i decided to alter it a bit so i could turn it into the perfect birthday cake. i called this an ice cream float cake because the layers represent the cola & the vanilla frosting represents the ice cream ¯_(ツ)_/¯. back to packing, wish me luck!


for the cola cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup cola (can substitute root beer)
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

for the vanilla buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


for the cola cake

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees. grease & flour two 8-inch round cake pans or three 6-inch round cake pans.
  • in a large mixing bowl sift flour, sugar, salt, baking soda & cinnamon. stir.
  • in a saucepot over medium heat add the butter, oil, cocoa powder, cola & whole milk. constantly stirring, bring to a boil & remove from heat.
  • add cola mixture to dry ingredients & stir until just combined. add the vanilla & eggs, mix until a smooth batter is formed.
  • evenly distribute amongst cake pans & bake until cake bounces back to touch, about 20-25 minutes.
  • let cool completely before flipping or frosting.

for the vanilla buttercream

  • in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment add the butter, sugar & vanilla. beat until light & fluffy, about 8 minutes.
  • frost cake as desired & serve.

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