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Take-Me-To-a-Picnic Cake

Take-Me-To-a-Picnic CakeThis moist chocolate sheet cake, with a peanut butter chip-flavored frosting, is the perfect to take along cake for traveling to picnics and other casual dining get-togethers.

Recipe Ingredients:

Cake:
1 cup water
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup dairy sour cream

Peanut Butter Chip Frosting:
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup milk
1 2/3 cups (10-ounce package) REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar

For Chocolate Garnish:
1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening (not butter, margarine, spread or oil)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch jelly roll pan.
  2. Combine water, butter and cocoa in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; set aside.
  3. Stir together sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs and sour cream; beat until blended. Add cocoa mixture; beat just until blended (batter will be thin). Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack.
  5. While cake is cooling, prepare Peanut Butter Chip Frosting; spread over top of cake.
  6. For Peanut Butter Chip Frosting: Combine butter, milk and peanut butter chips in medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Place powdered sugar in medium bowl. Gradually add chip mixture, beating until well blended. Cool, stirring occasionally, until of spreading consistency (about 1 hour). Makes about 2 cups frosting.
  7. Drizzle Chocolate Garnish over top, if desired.
  8. For Chocolate Garnish: Place chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.

Makes 20 to 24 servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens, and reprinted with permission of The Hershey Company. © The Hershey Company.