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Chocolate Apricot Upsidedown Cake

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Servings: 8
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

1/4  c  Butter or margarine, melted
1/3  c  Packed light brown sugar
1/4  c  Chopped pecans
17  oz  Canned apricot halves
    -- drained
1  c  All-purpose flour
1/3  c  HERSHEY'S Cocoa
    -OR European Style Cocoa
1 1/4  ts  Baking powder
1/4  ts  Salt
1  c  Granulated sugar
1/2  c  Butter or margarine
2    Eggs
1/2  c  Milk
1  t  Vanilla extract

* CINNAMON SPECKLED WHIPPED TOPPING (recipe follows) Heat oven to 375F. In 9-inch round or 9-inch square baking pan, melt 1/4 cup butter in oven. Remove from oven. Add brown sugar; mix well. Spread evenly over bottom of pan. Arrange apricots in pan with rounded side down. Sprinkle pecans around apricots. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar and butter. Add eggs; beat well. Add flour mixture alternately with milk and vanilla; beat until blended. Spread batter evenly over apricots. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately invert cake onto serving plate. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature with CINNAMON SPECKLED WHIPPED TOPPING. 8 servings. CINNAMON SPECKLED WHIPPED TOPPING: In small bowl, combine 1 cup (1/2 pt.) cold whipping cream, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon; beat until stiff. About 2 cups topping. [Copyright 1995 Hershey Foods Corporation.] [Recipe may be reprinted courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens.] [Meal-Master recipe format courtesy of Karen Mintzias]

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