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Elegant Chocolate Cake

 Elegant Chocolate Cake
"My mom fixed this dressed-up chocolate cake for me when I came home from college," recalls Laura German of West Warren, Massachusetts. "Now I serve it to my family. They love the yummy pecan-packed caramel sauce."
9 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Whipped cream and additional chopped pecans, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs and milk. Combine the
  • flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture
  • until well blended. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out
  • clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a heavy small saucepan, combine caramels and water.
  • Cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Add pecans. Cool slightly.

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Elegant Chocolate Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Cut the cake into squares; drizzle with warm caramel sauce. Top with
  • whipped cream and pecans if desired. Yield: 9 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 587 calories, 34 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 286 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.