Abracadabra!  Are you a magician?  An oh-so-chocolate rather unusual cake.  Don’t be surprised, I didn’t leave them out.  There are no eggs in this cake!  If you like vanilla ice cream on chocolate sauce, be sure to have some in your freezer.


Cooking Tip:
Chocolate Desserts: recipes almost always need a little salt included as an ingredient.  The salt subtly keeps the chocolate dessert from being overly sweet.

Magic DARK CHOCOLATE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE

Cake:
1 cup plain flour


¾ cup granulated white sugar


2 tsp. baking powder (make sure to use 2 tsp.)


¼ tsp. salt


2 T. butter or margarine, melted


½ cup whole milk


1 tsp. vanilla


½ cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)

Sauce:
½ cup granulated white sugar


½ cup light brown sugar


4 T. powdered cocoa


1 cup hot water



Preheat oven to 350 degrees; then spray a square or round 8-inch baking dish with Baker’s Joy.

In an electric mixer bowl, combine the first four ingredients using a fork.  Add the melted butter or margarine, milk, and vanilla; beat on medium-high for 4 minutes.  Stir in the nuts by hand.

Pour the batter into the greased pan and set aside.

In another bowl, mix the sauce ingredients until blended.  Pour the sauce over the unbaked cake.

Then, bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.

While the cake is baking, the chocolate sauce slips under the cake batter.  When cooking is complete, use oven mitts to carefully turn the hot cake out onto a platter that has a “lip” or turned up edge.  This platter allows the chocolate sauce to flow over the top of the cake

and pool around the cake base.  Serve cake while it is hot with vanilla ice cream on top of the chocolate sauce, if desired.  The cake is equally as good when it has cooled.

 


A short aside, the word “Abracadabra” reminds me of my “special” sister, Scotty, when she was a young girl.  She would always say “Abra and Dabra”.  Do you find that certain sayings or words remind you of funny things said by your family members long ago?  Some of these sayings become family treasures.


Beth Fulghom, a favorite cousin, gave me this unique recipe.  She is a grand cook and very generous with her recipes.  She and her husband, Dean, entertain in beautiful style with a great amount of grace.  I certainly don’t turn down dinner at their home!   Many, many thanks for many super recipes over the years.

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