When it comes to making a dessert cake that the entire family would enjoy, this is one of my favorites to make. What makes this cake so fantastic is it's chocolate fudge-like consistency with the nutty crunchy topping. If you are a chocolate lover, then this one is for you.
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 oz. (2 squares) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup water
1 cup quick rolled oats
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup chocolate flavored syrup
1/2 cup cold coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Lightly grease a 13 x 9" baking pan.
In a large saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate squares; stir in water. Bring chocolate mixture to a boil. Stir in the rolled oats, granulated sugar, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, coffee liquid, vanilla extract and eggs; mix until all ingredients are well combined. Stir in the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt into the chocolate mixture, mixing well.
Pour the cake batter into your prepared baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cake tests done when lightly touched in the center. You can also use a cake tester, if it comes out clean, it's done.
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine all of the topping ingredients in the order that they are given. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring the mixture constantly.Reduce heat and simmer for an additional 3 minutes or until the mixture has slightly thickened. Pour this hot mixture over your hot cake.
Place cake back into your oven and bake for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the topping is hot, bubbly and slightly browned. Remove cake from the oven and let it cool before serving.
Shelly Hill has been working from home in Direct Sales since 1989 and is a manager with Tupperware. Shelly enjoys cooking and baking for her friends and family and trying out new recipes. You can visit Shelly online at http://www.workathomebusinessoptions.com or her recipe blog at http://wahmshelly.blogspot.com for additional free recipes.