Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Marshmallow Fudge Chocolate Cake

Marshmallow Fudge Chocolate Cake

Dorcas Annette Walker

My father loved anything chocolate and I inherited his chocolate gene. No matter how many tempting desserts are at a family reunion or church dinner if there is a chocolate dessert present I am automatically drawn to it. There is something irresistible about the rich taste of chocolate that indulges the taste buds. Total stranger become instant friends when drooling over a chocolate dessert. Throughout the years many myths have been passed around about chocolate and today there is still a lot of controversy surrounding the benefits or harm of chocolate.

Chocolate is popular in Asia where the cacao tree is native. The Spanish introduced the cacao tree to the Philippines in the 16th century. China has had an increase in chocolate intake by forty percent since 1992. The average American eats 12.31 pounds of chocolate and spends $50 per year.

Researchers have found that cocoa and as few as 30 calories of chocolate a day keeps the blood pressure down reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack, prevents plaque buildup, promotes alertness, lessens pain, and supports well being. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found out that people who eat chocolate regularly three times a month live almost a year longer than those who do not consume junk food. Chocolate is high in potassium, magnesium, and vitamins: B1, B2, D, and E.

Dark chocolate is better because it has higher antioxidants, flavanols, and a better fat content. Even if you splurge and eat an entire box of heart-shaped chocolates it only amounts to 500 calories giving you a two ounce weight gain. Just don’t make eating an entire box of chocolates a daily ritual. And you can compensate for the intake of fat calories by cutting back somewhere else. Chocolate won’t keep you awake at night unless you consume 605 calories or cause cavities. Instead chocolate may actually prevent plaque build-up on teeth. So if you have been feeling guilty for eating chocolate relax and enjoy.

The smooth blend of rich moist chocolate cake, creamy melted marshmallow, and fudgy frosting that makes up my Marshmallow Fudge Chocolate Cake is a culinary delight. You can also add one cup of chopped nuts with the cake mix if you desire or substitute a jar of marshmallow cream instead of regular marshmallows. My Marshmallow Fudge Chocolate Cake takes fifteen minutes to prepare (not counting baking time) and serves fifteen.

Marshmallow Fudge Chocolate Cake

Mix up and bake 1 devil’s food or dark chocolate cake mix as directed in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
While hot poke holes in the cake with a fork.

Layer 1 (10oz) bag of regular marshmallows on top and put the cake back into the oven for about ten minutes until the marshmallows are soft and melted. Spread evenly over the top of the cake with a knife dipped in hot water.

Let cool for an hour then spread chocolate frosting over the top. Garnish with cool whip, strawberries, or cherries!

Weekly tip: Whipping up a readymade container of frosting with your mixer for a couple of minutes will double its volume and be fluffier!

Dorcas Annette Walker is a published author, columnist, speaker, freelance magazine writer, and photographer from Jamestown, Tennessee. Contact her at: For more recipes check out her Creative Tennessee Mountain Cookin blog at:

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