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Monday, June 1, 2015

Hot Fudge Cake (Gluten Free & Vegan)

School is out!  Also, today is the second day of sunshine we've had after a month of record shattering rain!  The sky is blue, the ground is less squelchy by the hour, and another marathon of a school year is finished.  What better way to celebrate than with a cake?   

This hot fudge cake is super easy to make and is a great beginning cake for kids learning to bake.  Don't let the hot water poured on top of the cake throw you - as the cake bakes the water goes through the topping and the batter (I know there is a better verb for this process but it's escaping me at the moment) and ends up as a gooey fudgey goodness on the bottom of the cake.  It might not look like much, but it's a plate scraper and a pleaser every time - not too sweet, not too heavy...just right.  

(Hot Fudge Cake served with So Delicious CocoWhip Topping)

Dry Ingredients
1 cup GF All Purpose Flour blend
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tsp, baking powder
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (can omit if desired)
1/4 tsp. salt

Wet Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
3 tbsp. cocoa powder

Magic Fudge Maker
1 1/2 cups hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Ready one ungreased 8 or 9 inch square baking dish, set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing well.  Spoon the batter into the baking dish and spread evenly.  Set aside.

Whisk together the topping ingredients until no lumps remain and scatter evenly over the batter in the baking dish.  Pour the hot water (the magic fudge maker!) carefully over the surface of the batter - do not stir.  Carefully place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 35 - 40 minutes.  Let cool for at least 15 minutes. Cut the cake into squares and serve warm with strawberries, ice cream or whipped cream.