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Crunchy Topped Cocoa Cake

Crunchy Topped Cocoa CakeA quick and easy cocoa snack cake complete with a scrumptious broiled coconut topping. File this recipe under "Keeper".

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Broiled Topping:
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts
1/2 cup MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes
3 tablespoons light cream or evaporated milk

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Grease and flour 8-inch square baking pan.
  3. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  4. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat with spoon or whisk just until batter is smooth and ingredients are well blended.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare Broiled Topping; spread on warm cake. Set oven to Broil; place pan about 4-inches from heat. Broil 3 minutes or until top is bubbly and golden brown. Remove from oven. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  8. For Broiled Topping: Stir together all ingredients in small bowl until well blended. Makes about 1 cup topping.

Makes 9 servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens, and reprinted with permission of The Hershey Company. © The Hershey Company.