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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."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup 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 in 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. Cut the cake into squares; drizzle with warm caramel sauce. Top with whipped cream and pecans if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 587 calories, 34g fat (7g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 286mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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