I was flipping through the Hershey's Classic recipes, I found the Crunchy-Topped Cocoa cake picture very tempting and I had never worked with the ingredients this recipe called for until now . This recipe is not very lengthy and actually super simple to put together. It took me 10 minutes to pull out the stuff from the pantry and mix these in a bowl ,pour it in the pan and stick the pan in the oven. The topping took another 5 minutes-The result-Exceptionally good !!! The cake is not very rich as it has no eggs and butter but the topping more than makes up for that,and together this is a must bake cake :)
Bake Time: 35 minutes
Makes 9 servings
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter ( 1/2 stick butter) softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts
1/2 cup mounds sweetened coconut flakes
3 tbsp light cream or evaporated milk
method for preparing the topping:
Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. It makes about 1 cup topping.
Method Fir Cake:
1.heat oven to 350 degree f. Grease and flour 8 inch square baking pan.
2. Stir together flour,sugar,cocoa,baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add water,oil,vinegar and vanilla; beat with a spoon or whisk just until smooth and ingredients are well blended.Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean.meanwhile,prepare broiled topping; spread on warm cake. Set oven to broil; place pan about 4 inches from heat.broil 3 minutes or until top is bubbly and golden brown.remove from oven.cool completely in pan or wire rack.