When my husband and I first started dating we spent a lot of time flirting with food. Whenever we’d both go to an event we’d each bring our favorite dishes, not for all the other people at the event, but because we were trying to impress each other.
This black hole upside down cake is one of his specialties which he made early on. It’s rich and chocolately and… a complete cheater cake. It’s so much easier than it tastes, but it’s one amazing cake and you will make a good impression!
After a while we started collaborating on this cake and he’d bring the cake, and I’d bring the whipping cream – Ultra Gel Whipping Cream of course.
Single people take note, this cake may be indirectly responsible for our marriage. Use with care.
To take this cake to the next level of amazing serve with fresh raspberries or strawberries as a garnish. The pop of fruit flavor against the richness of the cake is really, really good.
Black Hole Upside Down Cake
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
2 cups warm water
12-14 large marshmallows, quartered or about 2 cups mini marshmallows
1 box chocolate cake mix (I TOLD you it was easy)
Combine water, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and marshmallows in a bowl. Mix well then spread into a 9×13 inch well-greased pan.
Add 2 Tablespoons to the dry cake mix and stir well. Prepare cake mix according to box directions with the addition of 2 Tablespoons water. (So 2 Tablespoons water, 2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel and then whatever the mix calls for). Carefully spoon cake batter over marshmallow mixture to cover. Bake for 25-35 minutes at 350 degrees until cake springs back when touched.
Remove cake from oven and cool in the pan. Once it is mostly cool, invert onto a serving platter. It’s important you flip the cake before it has cooled completely or it will stick to the pan. If this happens warm the cake slightly before flipping. Cut into servings and serve with whipping cream. Trust me you’ll want the cream to cut the chocolate!
Ultra Gel Whipping Cream
1 pint whipping cream
1 teaspoon Ultra Gel
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Whip all ingredients together until thick and creamy. Serve. Keep any extra whipped cream in the refrigerator.