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Friday, February 11, 2011

Cook for a Campground Potluck

Janet Groene's
Volcano Cake for a Crowd

     This cake separates into a cake layer floating over a volcano of hot fudge sauce, so it’s recommended for a self-serve dish. At a big campground party, serve it as a team effort in a buffet line. One server puts a portion of cake on a plate and spoons on some hot sauce. Another adds whipped cream or ice cream. This recipe bakes in two, 2-inch-deep, 8 X 12-inch baking pans. To serve 40 people, cut each pan in 4 rows, then 5 rows; to make 50 portions, make cuts 5 X 5. 

6 cups flour
4 cups sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups milk
1 ½ sticks butter or margarine, melted
6 cups chopped nuts
6 cups packed brown sugar
 1 ½ cups dry cocoa powder
2 quarts plus 2 ½ cups very hot water

    1. Stir dry ingredients together and stir in milk and melted butter. Fold in nuts and spread batter in greased pans.
    2. Mix brown sugar and 1 ½ cups cocoa and sprinkle over batter. Drizzle hot water over all. Bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes or until cake layer is springy to the touch .
    To serve, cut cake into squares and place squares upside down on serving plates, then spoon on hot sauce. 

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