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Yummy food for your brood
Dec 31, 2010
08:18 AM

Chocolate Dump Cake

Scrap the fancy dessert presentation for this super simple, gooey fun, chocolate overload recipe that'll delight your kids

Chocolate Dump Cake

You won't score any presentation points for making a chocolate dump cake. But what it lacks in showiness, it makes up in easy prep time – and, most important, gooey chocolatey flavor!

I have a handwritten version of this recipe from my mother, even though I don't ever recall her making it. I wish I did. This would have been my birthday cake request, hands down!

The recipe involves only a few extra steps than when you're making a regular boxed cake mix. Before you pour the batter into the pan, you melt butter with water and add in a little brown sugar. This goes into the bottom of a greased baking pan – along with nuts, coconut, chocolate chips and mini-marshmallows. OK: This cake won't score any health points, either – which is one reason I don't make it very often.

After the butter and the mixin's are on the bottom of the baking dish, it's time to add the chocolate cake batter. That's it. Well, almost. There's still a little trick or two after you've baked it.

The first time I made this cake, I really wasn't expecting much. I mean, it was way too easy and had "dump" in the title! But the cake has quickly become a favorite of my crew. Are you ready for the next reason it's called "dump"? Once you've let the cake cool for 10-20 minutes, you put a serving platter on top and then flip the entire cake over so that the chocolate chip-butter-coconut combination becomes a crust on top of the cake.

Yeah – your mouth is watering now, huh?

If you still haven't planned a treat for your New Year's celebration, this cake is perfect to put together and then impressing guests (with the taste, that is).

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