Okay, this is the most incredible cake I've ever made. It's like a brownie with fudge sauce, but made in the simplest way so that it really isn't any trouble. Oh, and it totally won't make you gain any weight! (disclaimer for that lie, below*) I double dog dare you to make it and not drool in the process:
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups sugar
6 Tablespoons baking cocoa
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 Tablespoons melted butter or margarine
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3 cups boiling water
flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and baking cocoa in large mixer
bowl. In a separate bowl, combine milk, vanilla, and melted butter or
margarine. Add to dry ingredients. Beat until smooth. Add chopped
walnuts. Spread in a greased 9 x 13-inch pan.
Mix brown sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Sprinkle over batter in pan. Pour boiling water over entire cake. [yes, that's weird. the cake will now look like a soupy disaster. trust me, it's not a disaster.]
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Do not turn cake out of pan; this cake makes its own fudge sauce in the bottom. Cut and serve while warm, scooping up the fudge sauce [it's absolutely worth putting those fine words in bold print!] as you serve. Wonderful with vanilla ice cream [total understatement].
I can't claim the recipe as my own. I'm waaaay too much of a fraidy-cat of messing up in the kitchen, that there is no way I'd poor boiling water over perfectly good brownie-like batter. This recipe was posted in a forum somewhere, where a friend of mine found it. I don't know the original creator, but I'm pretty sure she's an amazing person.
*Oh, about that weight gain thing— "You won't gain weight" ….if you do 414 pushups, 222 situps, and run 33 miles after you eat the whole cake, but I know you're exercising like that anyway, right?