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Cocoa Ripple Squares

This moist and tender cake from Phyllis Rank of Wapato, Washington is rippled with layers of chocolate and chopped walnuts. It's great for snacking or even breakfast on a cold winter day.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 8 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 6 tablespoons chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened


  • In a small bowl, cream shortening and 6 tablespoons sugar. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Set aside. Combine 3 tablespoons walnuts, cocoa and remaining sugar.
  • Spoon a third of the batter into a 9x5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with half of the cocoa mixture; dot with half of the butter. Carefully repeat layers. Top with remaining batter and walnuts.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

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