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Eating Well: Decadent hot fudge cake a real treat

Chocolate, chocolate and more gooey chocolate.

It doesn't get any better than the deliciously, decadent hot fudge cake that you can whip up in about five minutes.

This is a perfect recipe for a last minute dessert when you are in a hurry, because it doesn't require any ingredients out of the ordinary. You are more than likely to have all of them on your pantry shelf.

The really nice aspect of the cake is that it makes its own hot fudge sauce while baking, thanks to the brown sugar and hot water that is poured on last.

When making the cake, I boil my water, which seems to work well. The cake bakes up in the required amount of time, and the hot fudge sauce is perfect, all bubbly and thick.

I serve it with Cool Whip but ice cream is also excellent. The cake is absolutely delicious and amazingly not too overpowering sweet.

The second chocolate recipe I'm sharing is for a "Crazy Cake," an extremely moist version that has been a favorite of mine for years. Mixing everything in the pan, this can also be prepared in a flash, frosted while hot and also served up warm with ice cream.

This recipe also goes by the name of "Wacky Cake." Supposedly the recipe was developed in the 1940s and very popular because eggs, butter or milk were not a part of the ingredients.

The Chocolate Chip icing is foolproof, and again a real time-saver.

Yummy, yummy. It doesn't get any better.

Until next time, from my kitchen to yours, happy baking!!!

1 cup flour

¾ cup white sugar

6 tablespoons cocoa

¼ tsp. salt

1 cup brown sugar, packed

2 tsp. baking powder

½ cup milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ¾ cups hot water

Combine flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons of the cocoa, baking powder, and salt and mix together well.

Stir in milk, oil and vanilla, and blend again.

Spread in an ungreased 9 inch pan.

Combine brown sugar and the four tablespoons of cocoa and sprinkle over the batter in the pan.

Pour the hot water over all. Do not stir.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm, topped with whipping cream or ice cream.

Chocolate Crazy Cake

3 cups flour

2 cups white sugar

1/3 cup cocoa

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 tablespoons white vinegar

¾ cup vegetable oil

2 cups cold water

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in ungreased 9x13 pan. Make three holes in the mixture. Pour the vanilla in the first hole, the vinegar into the second, and the vegetable oil into the third. Pour cold water over all. Mix with a fork or a wire whisk until well blended. Mixture may contain some small lumps. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Frost with chocolate chip frosting.

Chocolate Chip Frosting

1 cup sugar

¼ cup milk

¼ cup margarine

1 cup chocolate chips

Melt ingredients in pan on stove and bring to boil and cook for 20 seconds. Take off of stove and stir in chocolate chips. Pour over cake and spread frosting evenly over cake. Great served warm with vanilla ice cream.