Connie A Thompson

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Sunday Dinner: Chocolate Coca Cola Cake


Chocolate Coca Cola Cake

We’re celebrating my daughter-in-law, Casey’s birthday this weekend. She and my son first met as kids at the skating rink. She broke his heart, and they lost touch. Years later, they ran into each other. He asked her out, and they’ve been together ever since.

As a mom, you worry about whom your son will marry. You only want the best for your child. My son married an exceptional young woman. They complement one another bringing out the best in each other.

Casey is truly a blessed addition to our family. She is an amazingly beautiful and talented woman. My son is a lucky man.

Casey loves chocolate. She requested a Chocolate Coca Cola Cake for her birthday. It is easy to make from scratch cake and your family will thank you once they taste it.

Chocolate Coca Cola Cake


  • 2 cups unsifted all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 Tbs. cocoa
  • 1 cup Coca Cola
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

The marshmallows will rise to the top of the batter


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3 Tbs. cocoa
  • 7 Tbs. Coca Cola
  • 1 box confectioner’s sugar (About 3 ½ cups)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts) This is optional. No nuts for my family.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Mix the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat butter, cocoa, and the Coca Cola in a saucepan until it boils.
  • Pour hot mixture over the flour and sugar.  Mix well.
  • Add the buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, vanilla and marshmallows and mix well.   The marshmallows will rise to the top and the batter will seem thin, but that’s ok. Pour into a 9″x13″ baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick baking spray. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or just until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Make the icing as soon as the cake comes out of the oven.

  • Place the butter in a saucepan on medium heat with the cocoa powder and Coca Cola.  Heat until the butter is melted and it is all well blended.
  • Pour over the box of confectioner’s sugar and mix until it’s smooth. If you are adding nuts, stir them in.
  • Spread the icing over the cake while it is still warm.

Sunday Dinner: Celebrating Ashley’s Birthday

Amanda, Ashley, and Connie

Amanda, Ashley, and Connie

Families grow in the usual ways through births and marriages, and sometimes God has other plans.

In elementary school, Ashley was my daughter’s best friends despite the one year difference in their ages. They lived in the same neighborhood, rode the same bus, and went to the same church. Ashley spent many nights at our house, much like my best friend, Lisa did when we were kids.

Ashley and Amanda balanced each other. Amanda was adventurous while Ashley tended to be more cautious. Ashley kept Amanda out of major trouble while Amanda encouraged Ashley to try and do new things. Funny how life repeats itself, but in the Connie and Lisa friendship, I was the goody goody as Lisa used to say.

Ashley stayed over so often that she practically lived with us, but any time the girls got too rowdy or obnoxious as preteen girls do, I would threaten to send her home.

I always thought I would have three children, but after my daughter was born, my mother convinced me to have my tubes tied. No more babies for me. I just assumed that I was wrong; two children would be enough.

One night Ashley called and without going into detail, she needed a place to stay. It was only going to be for a few days. She lived with me for most of her teen years. I never replaced her parents. She continues to maintain wonderful relationships with them.

We often find God has plans for us to grow, and being a mother figure to Ashley was one of those ways we each got to grow. Ashley’s presence changed the family dynamic. She and Amanda were still good friends, but things changed and they became more like sisters, at times very close and other times at each other’s throats. Ryan now had two girls to pick on. My brother would tease him that he was living with the estrogen club.

Beach Pyramid

Beach Pyramid

This Sunday we’re celebrating Ashley’s birthday. This past week she finished her internship and will begin working next week as a dental assistant for a local dentist. She makes this Mama proud.

Ashley and Ryan

Ryan and Ashley

Ashley has requested a yellow cake and her favorite Sunday dinner recipe, my Mom’s barbecued chicken.


Grandma Mary Anne’s Barbecue ChickenIngredients:

  • Boneless chicken breasts

•                Barbeque sauce


Place chicken breasts in water on top of stove and boil until done. Check to make sure the chicken is no longer pink on the inside. For added flavor, you can chop and onion and/or celery and add to the water.

Cut chicken into small bite size pieces. Place in casserole dish and cover with barbeque sauce and stir. Thoroughly coat each piece of chicken. Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350°.