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1 1/2 - 2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites, room temperature
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup coconut milk, boiling
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 13x9 inch pan. I am going to use an 8x8 inch pan next time to make it thicker.
Stir dry ingredients together in mixing bowl.
Bring 3/4 cup coconut milk to a boil.
Add everything else except 3/4 cup boiling liquid, and beat on low for 1 minute, scraping sides.
Beat an additional 2 minutes on medium.
Add 1/2 cup boiling liquid. A additional liquid, a little at the time, to make a very thin batter. I didn't use the full 3/4 cup.
Pour into pan and cook in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 12 minutes. Turn and cook an additional 10-15 minutes until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
Cool in pan or take out after 10 minutes to cool on rack.
I didn't put icing on the whole cake. It is so moist there wasn't a need too plus we are trying to cut back on calories. At least my oldest and I are. Here is the recipe for the icing. I changed the original a bit. Keep your oven on to toast the coconut and almonds, if using.
Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Icing
1/2 cup butter, salted or margarine, at room temperature
3/4 - 1 cup Hershey's Dark Special Cocoa
3 - 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 to 2/3, more if needed, buttermilk, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Beat together with mixer, starting with lowest amount of buttermilk and adding more as need to attain the consistency you want. and ice cake when cool. Or, as we do, cut a piece and add as much, or as little, as you like. This cake is super moist and really does not need any icing.
While cake is cooling, spread coconut and almonds in a layer, on a cookie sheet. I used 1 1/2 cup coconut and 1/2 cup sliced almonds...that is what I had. Use as the amounts you want of each. Cook for 5-8 minutes, turning after 3 minutes and then every minute or so until lightly browned. Sprinkle on cake. <3 and hugs!