Surprise Cake

Surprise Cake

61 Reviews 11 Pics
Dawn
Recipe by  Dawn

“We make this all the time, company can never guess what is in it!”

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 1 - 9x13 inch pan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup butter, water and 3 tablespoons cocoa to a boil. Remove from heat. Add to flour mixture and beat until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, Mix sour cream, eggs, baking soda and cayenne pepper. Add to the cake batter. Blend well. Pour batter into 9x13 inch pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  6. For the Frosting: Melt 1/4 cup butter, add 1/3 cup cocoa. Add confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth and free of lumps.
  7. Spread frosting on the cooled cake. Cut into squares and serve. Ask your company if they can guess what is in it, they never will.

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Reviews (61)

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Coates
75

Coates

Very good cake like brownies. The only thing I would change is instead of adding water, I would add cold coffee and instead of 1 tsp of cayenne pepper I would decrease it to just 1/2 tsp. The coffee flavor adds just enough mocha that turns this into a terrific authentic mexican chocolate flavor

kristensaurus
42

kristensaurus

I was hosting Thanksgiving this year, and found out pretty last-minute that there was a pumpkin shortage, and was really disappointed... until I found this awesome recipe! I was thinking to myself "Self, how great could a cake really be?" and preceded to make and put this thin, none-too-special-looking cake in the over... and, not expecting too much, I took a bite, and melted. This cake is amazing, and everyone LOVED it. (I even had to hide it when my fiance's band members came over, because darn it, I want awesome chocolate cake for breakfast tomorrow!)

~TxCin~ILove2Ck
36

~TxCin~ILove2Ck

Very moist, very tasty chocolate cake that has a warmth but there is no way it has any hint of pepper taste. This is a really fantastic cake. The frosting though was runny and I had too add another cup or more of powdered sugar and another Tbl of cocoa and a couple more T of margarine to get it to spreading consistency. Thanks this was a great cake!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 248 cal
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 11.4 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs
  • 36 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 179 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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