This is an easy dessert to make for sudden visitors. Thank goodness for easy dump cakes; they really make lives easier at times. I whipped this up easily and it’s ready to be served the next day right on in time. It tasted as if it’s been bought from those expensive bakeries, but in reality, it’s just cake mix with a touch of creativity.
Poof! This cake looks really good and is easy to put together.
Your visitors will not know what hit them. Never tell your baking secrets! Just make sure you hide all the spoons you’ve been licking. We’re entitled to our own special kitchen magic.
1 C. Gold Medal flour
2 T. Wesson vegetable oil
3/4 C. Domino sugar
1 tsp. McCormick vanilla
2 T. plus 1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
3/4 to 1 C. chopped walnuts
2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 3/4 C. hot water
1/2 C. milk
First, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. And you’ll need an ungreased, 9 x 9” baking pan. I don’t have one, so I’m going to try out the 8 x 8”, I think it will be fine. You can use a lot of recipes and vary the size of the pan. It just depends, your cooking time might change. You don’t want to grease it. I’m using this Rada stoneware, which you don’t have to grease. They’re really great.
First, we’re going to dump in a cup of flour. ¾ cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Then we’re going to add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and then ¼ teaspoon of salt. Now we’re just going to whisk all this together. This Rada Handi-Stir works great for dry ingredients like this. It’s little and mighty. I just love it. It really works well to mix batters and gelatin and scrambled eggs.
So now what we’re going to do is make a little well in the center. We’re going to stir in half a cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and then a teaspoon of vanilla. With a fork we’re just going to stir this together until it gets smooth. Now you need about a cup of chopped walnuts. I had some whole walnuts. I’m going to use this really neat food chopper. It has a nice, sturdy handle to chop those nuts up. You can use it to chop onions, celery, and potatoes.
We’re going to sprinkle that over our chocolate mixture. Now we’ll make sure the batter is even in the pan. Now we’re going to take a cup of brown sugar and sprinkle that evenly in the pan. This cake makes its own little fudgy topping. It’s so easy to make, it’s something you can make in a matter of minutes and eat while still hot out of the oven. We’re going to add ¼ cup sweetened cocoa powder again. Now we’re going to take 1 and ¾ cup hot water and pour over everything. Don’t stir, just pour it.
OK, that’s how it looks, that’s fine, don’t stir it. Now we’re going to put it in that preheated oven for about 40 minutes.
So, now I’ve taken my cake out and let it cool for 15 minutes. It is best served warm. I’m going to use this Ice Cream Scoop to flip it over on the plate. And look at this sauce you get. It’s going to be at the bottom of the pan so you want to make sure you scoop that out and put it over it. Then take some whipped cream and nuts.
Check out this awesome video from rad Cutlery on how to make this cake:
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Quick Tip: Drizzle with chocolate syrup or caramel syrup for that extra sweet taste.
Thanks again to Rada Cutlery and YouTube for this amazing recipe.