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Chocolate Picnic Cake

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Chocolate Picnic Cake

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Bake 30 mins to 40 mins

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Use coffee instead of the water to give this cake a different flavor. Serve it warm for dessert with vanilla ice cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water or strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or cooking oil
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Picnic Topping (recipe below)
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Grandma Betty's Chocolate Sauce (recipe below)

Directions

  1. Grease and flour a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Beat mixture with a fork until smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with Picnic Topping.
  2. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool cake slightly in pan on a wire rack. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with Grandma Betty's Chocolate Sauce. Makes 12 servings.

Grandma Bettys Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. In heavy small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Stir in cream and milk. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Transfer to bowl; cover surface with plastic wrap. Cool to room temperature before using.

Picnic Topping

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine walnuts, chocolate pieces and sugar. Sprinkle topping to cover cake batter.

Nutrition Facts

(Chocolate Picnic Cake)

Servings Per Recipe 12, sugar (g) 83, Potassium (mg) 336, calcium (mg) 131, sodium (mg) 334, cal. (kcal) 722, Niacin (mg) 2, Fat, total (g) 32, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 46, Folate (µg) 60, pro. (g) 8, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, carb. (g) 107, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 8, vit. A (IU) 437, fiber (g) 4, vit. C (mg) 1, iron (mg) 2, sat. fat (g) 11, Thiamin (mg) 0, Monosaturated fat (g) 11, Riboflavin (mg) 0

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