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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

Another trial from Betty Crocker. I was flipping through her cookbook and wondered if there was an interesting dessert that I had all the ingredients for... The Husband and I agreed that Hot Fudge Sundae Cake sure sounds tasty, whatever it may be (there was no picture!)

It is a very odd pudding cake, actually, where the cake batter starts on the bottom but ends up baking and rising to the top. Underneath, you're left with a gooey chocolate sauce... to serve with ice cream, of course! It was very fun to make, because you just mix the batter right in the cake pan - no extra bowl to wash later!

I must admit, I'm not sure if I'd make this again. It was... good... just not the chocolate flavor I was expecting, maybe. Maybe it needed some chocolate chips or nuts or marshmallows or something in there to add some zing. It was nice to have your own built-in chocolate sauce with a warm cake, to help melt that pesky chilly ice cream.

Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
From Betty Crocker
1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup nuts, optional
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa (again)
1 3/4 cup very hot water
Preheat oven to 350. In a 9in ungreased square cake pan, mix the flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder, and salt together. Then, mix in the milk, oil, vanilla with a fork until smooth. Add nuts here, if using. Spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar over top the batter and then the 1/4 cup of cocoa. Pour the water over everything evenly. This looks like a soupy mess but does turn into a cake!
Bake 40 minutes or until top is dry. Cool 10 minutes, if you can wait that long (it helps thicken the sauce up more).

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