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These cakes are over the top

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By Susan Lowery

Here are two of my favorite cakes of all time. They always turn out great, and the frosting is put on when the cake comes hot out of the oven.

The first one, Texas Chocolate cake, was sent to me back in the late 70's by my chocoholic mother. She would make it and bring it with her when she visited from Illinois. The "Texas" in the title refers to the size of the cake; it needs a size or two bigger than a 9x13 cake pan. It serves a crowd.

The Oatmeal Cake recipe was going around about 30 years ago, and I've made it ever since. It's delicious, and the broiled-on frosting puts it over the top! Try one of these; you'll be glad you did.

Mom's Texas Chocolate Cake

2 c. sugar

2 c. flour

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. shortening

1 c. water

4 T. cocoa

1/2 c. buttermilk

2 eggs

1 t. soda

1 t. vanilla

Mix sugar and flour in large bowl. In saucepan, mix butter, shortening, water and cocoa and bring to a boil. Pour over sugar and flour and stir well. Add buttermilk, eggs, soda and vanilla. Mix well and pour into LARGE greased cake pan (or two smaller ones) and bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or till tests done.

Frosting: (start 5 minutes before cake is done)

1/2 c. butter

6 T. milk

1 T. cocoa

1 box powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

1 c. pecans, chopped

In saucepan, melt butter with milk and cocoa and bring to a boil. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and pecans. Mix well and spread on cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. Serves l6-24.

Oatmeal Cake

1 1/4 c. boiling water

1 c. oatmeal

1/2 c. butter or margarine

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. white sugar

2 eggs

1 t. baking soda

1 t. cinnamon

Pinch salt

1 1/3 c. flour

Pour boiling water over oatmeal and butter and let stand 20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and pour into greased 9x13 cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or till tests done.

Topping:

6 T. butter

1 c. chopped nuts (pecans and cashews are both good)

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 T. vanilla

1 c. coconut

1/4 c. evaporated milk

Melt butter and add remaining ingredients. Spread on hot cake and place under broiler for 5 minutes or till light brown. Serves 16.