RE: Cola Cakes: Your recommendations?
Just a suggestion - why not make him a cake he really likes but serve him a big roll full of sliced Coca-Cola brisket?
4 or 5 lb. trimmed beef brisket
1 bottle chili sauce
3/ 4 cup water
1 (12 oz.) can Coca-Cola (NOT diet Coke, Pepsi, etc.-just regular Coke)
1 package dry onion soup mix
Combine all ingredients except brisket in a roasting pan to fit brisket with not too much room left over. Add brisket and turn to coat with sauce. Cover very tightly with foil. Bake at 325 degrees for 4 or 5 hours. Slice meat across the grain and serve with sauce.
(I like to remove the brisket from the sauce and chill the two separately overnight. Next day remove any fat clumps from the top of the sauce. Reheat slowly, adding a little more water if needed. Slice the beef and add to the sauce and heat.)