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July 17, 2010 / gracelesswonder

Hot Fudge Cake (aka Chocolate Cobbler) – the cure for what ails ya

So yesterday I took a mental health day from work. Plans had been to go see a chick flick, maybe wander around the mall a bit. You know, do some “me” stuff. Well, I should’ve known better. I end up at Wal-Mart and the grocery store.  Just the place to relax *rolls eyes*.

However, all is not lost. I did manage to make a Hot Fudge Cake for dessert. If you’re looking for comfort food… this is it in a bowl. It’s ridiculously easy – you probably have everything you need to make this right in your pantry. And it is SOOO good! A slightly crispy, craggy top gives way to a rich and moist chocolate cake. There, lying nestled all warm and snuggly beneath the cake is a pool of velvety chocolate sauce. Spoon some of this puppy into a  bowl and top w/ vanilla ice cream, then drizzle some of that magical sauce over the whole thing, and see if you don’t have a smile (and maybe a smear of chocolate) on your face!

Being that I’m new to the whole blogging thing, you’ll have to excuse the crappy pictures. My decent camera met an untimely death, so I’m making due w/ my blackberry for now. I’m hoping Santa Claus will bring me a new one for Christmas. I’ve been a *very* good girl! 🙂 

…Anyway, I got this recipe from The Tasty Kitchen website. If you haven’t been there, its an awesome community site run by The Pioneer Woman.  On to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  •  7Tbsp cocoa powder (divided)
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar (divided)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 cup hot tap water

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, 3 Tbsp  of cocoa powder, and 3/4 cup of the white sugar (the remaining cocoa and sugar is  for the topping).

Stir in milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture until smooth. (At this point, it looks like brownie batter)

Pour the mixture into an ungreased 8-inch  or 1.5 qt baking dish

In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup white sugar,  brown sugar, and 4 Tbsp of cocoa. Sprinkle this dry mixture evenly over the batter.

Against your better judgement, pour the hot tap water over the batter/topping. DO NOT STIR!

Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set.

Try to let it sit for a few mintues, otherwise you’ll scald your tounge.       Receive accolades of friends and relatives.

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