This particular recipe wasn't a favorite in our house. In fact, I think I only had it once. But it holds a special place in my heart. This, my friends, is the very first thing I baked in my whole life. Okay, my grandmother was there to jump in if something caught on fire, but otherwise, this cake was mine from start to finish.
Here's the scene: It was June of 1979, and we lived in Toledo, Ohio. My mother had just finished her second year in law school and was massively pregnant. My Gram had driven north to hang out while we waited for the baby to arrive. Really, all the focus was on baby, baby, baby.
Not only did I avoid setting the kitchen on fire, but the cake was actually delicious. It is a bit like a molten lava cake in that part of it doesn't set up and, instead, forms a wonderful warm sauce that you can spoon over the ice cream. Oh, and as an added bonus, it's a type of crazy cake, so you mix everything directly in the pan ... no bowls to clean!
I don't remember what we had for dinner that night (likely steak and baked potatoes), but I remember putting the candles in that cake as if it were yesterday. I was so stinkin' proud that I'd done it by myself.
|My gorgeous mom and cute-as-a-button baby sister, about a year post-cake.|
And a mere 36 hours after we ate that cake, I got a brand new baby sister.
This cake reminds me of that joyous time in my life when everyone was filled with anticipation, happy and excited, and I felt like a grown-up for the very first time.
Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
(From my mom's recipe card by way of a Betty Crocker cookbook)
|Ingredients, in pan.|
3/4 c. white sugar
2 Tbs. cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 Tbs. oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped nuts (either pecans or walnuts)
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1 3/4 c. hottest tap water
A pint or two of your favorite ice cream . . . anything that would go well with hot fudge!
Preheat oven to 350.
In an ungreased 9x9 pan, stir in all ingredients down to the brown sugar. Make sure it's mixed well. Spread batter evenly in pan.
Sprinkle with brown sugar and 1/4 c. cocoa. Pour on HOT tap water. Bake 40 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting into squares, serving with ice cream, and spooning the sauce over top.