It makes its own sauce! Delicious and easy, and made in the same pan it bakes in.

Carol Irwin Cameron
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C).

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  • In ungreased 9 inch square pan, stir together flour, white sugar, cocoa, the baking powder, and salt. Mix in milk, oil, and vanilla with a fork until smooth.

  • Spread batter evenly in pan (batter will be thick). Sprinkle with brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. Pour boiling water over batter.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes, then spoon into dessert dishes or cut into squares. Invert each square onto dessert plate and spoon sauce over each serving. Top with ice cream or whipped topping, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

171 calories; 3 g total fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 139 mg sodium. 36.1 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2004
I've been making this recipe for years. The only thing is that it says to bake for 40 minutes. I live in Colorado and it only takes 30 minutes just something to keep in mind for your elevation. It will scorch here in 40 min. Someone said the cake had too much of a flour taste. Not true if you follow the directions and remember what elevation you're at. Take it from me this is an awesome recipe. A friend said it wasn't sweet enough. It calls for unsweetened cocoa and that's what you get. It's also a flavor my family likes. If you want it sweeter then use a sweet cocoa. Whatever kind of cocoa you put into this recipe is the kind of flavor you will get. It just makes sense. It will be good whatever you use. Just remember to use the exact measurement of ingredients it calls for you can't go wrong. So I'm thanking you for this recipe! It's awesome and just asking others to remember where you live and what ingredients work for your elevation. I sign off as old hand at baking and trying to give sound advice. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/17/2009
Wow this was really bad. I followed the directions exactly I don't get how it got so many good reviews. Bland taste weird texture - not even smothering it in ice cream could save it. If you're someone who likes rich chocolately desserts that actually taste like chocolate (and you know what I mean) stay far far away. Read More
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249 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 134
  • 4 star values: 66
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 14
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2004
I've been making this recipe for years. The only thing is that it says to bake for 40 minutes. I live in Colorado and it only takes 30 minutes just something to keep in mind for your elevation. It will scorch here in 40 min. Someone said the cake had too much of a flour taste. Not true if you follow the directions and remember what elevation you're at. Take it from me this is an awesome recipe. A friend said it wasn't sweet enough. It calls for unsweetened cocoa and that's what you get. It's also a flavor my family likes. If you want it sweeter then use a sweet cocoa. Whatever kind of cocoa you put into this recipe is the kind of flavor you will get. It just makes sense. It will be good whatever you use. Just remember to use the exact measurement of ingredients it calls for you can't go wrong. So I'm thanking you for this recipe! It's awesome and just asking others to remember where you live and what ingredients work for your elevation. I sign off as old hand at baking and trying to give sound advice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2004
I've been making this recipe for years. The only thing is that it says to bake for 40 minutes. I live in Colorado and it only takes 30 minutes just something to keep in mind for your elevation. It will scorch here in 40 min. Someone said the cake had too much of a flour taste. Not true if you follow the directions and remember what elevation you're at. Take it from me this is an awesome recipe. A friend said it wasn't sweet enough. It calls for unsweetened cocoa and that's what you get. It's also a flavor my family likes. If you want it sweeter then use a sweet cocoa. Whatever kind of cocoa you put into this recipe is the kind of flavor you will get. It just makes sense. It will be good whatever you use. Just remember to use the exact measurement of ingredients it calls for you can't go wrong. So I'm thanking you for this recipe! It's awesome and just asking others to remember where you live and what ingredients work for your elevation. I sign off as old hand at baking and trying to give sound advice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2007
Yummmmmmmmmmm... this was delicious! I just finished a piece and this "cake" turned out to be exactly what I wanted it to be: light but still chocolatey gooey and so delicious! It's not like a full-fat dessert thats extremely rich and heavy. My alterations: upped the cocoa to 1/3 cup little extra vanilla for flavor a hand-full of chocolate chips and used hot milk instead of water. Make and enjoy!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
Oh my gosh!! Chocolate heaven!! I NEVER double a recipe the first time I make it but I'm glad I did this time. It would have all been gone in minutes. I didn't have a 9" square pan so I doubled it. It was a nice fit into a 13x9. Just the right sweetness. I served it with whipped topping. It looked as good as it tasted. Thanks for sharing this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2008
This can also be made in the microwave! Mix the dry ingredients in a glass 2 quart bowl. Add the other ingredients as listed. Then microwave at 50% power for 9 minutes turn dish then cook high power for 5 - 7 minutes until the top appears dry. Delicious with ice cream! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2002
Wonderful as all have said. One good point is that the cake batter is so thick it can be difficult to spread evenly in the pan. Using clean hands lightly dip fingers in water and you can spread the batter by gently "pushing" and distributing it in the pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
What a find! This is perfect for drop-in company because it's quick easy and full of ingredients that you keep on your shelf anyway. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2003
This cake was very quick and easy made with common pantry items. The cake is dense with a slightly crispy crust with a pudding like layer below. It was good the next day as well just pop in the microwave. My husband and sons loved the intense chocolate flavor I'll make this one again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2005
A chocolate lover's dream! Fantastic still warm with whipped topping. Would not change a thing except maybe to double the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2008
I cooked half the amount for 20mins. Both the husband and I liked this but wanted it to be more cake so would cook it longer in future. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/17/2009
Wow this was really bad. I followed the directions exactly I don't get how it got so many good reviews. Bland taste weird texture - not even smothering it in ice cream could save it. If you're someone who likes rich chocolately desserts that actually taste like chocolate (and you know what I mean) stay far far away. Read More
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