This cake was simple and light in flavor. Texture light as well. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but not bland. The topping adds a crunchy texture and sweetness I wouldn't skip. Great for anyone who is craving a cake but doesn't want a frosted sugar-rush dense birthday cake. Next time, I might add a teaspoon of vanilla, or maybe a tablespoon of coffee? Maybe another tablespoon of cocoa? I feel like the flavor is very close, but not quite perfect. Overall, very good. I made one substitution worth noting: instead of 1/2 c butter, I used 1/4 c butter plus 3/4 c ground flax seed. Worked well with no texture issues. (I have substituted ground flax seeds for 1/2 the butter in brownie recipes- at a 3 to 1 ratio- with only a change in texture.) I used a 9x13 pan and baked for about 28 min.
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This cake was simple and light in flavor. Texture light as well. Not overwhelmingly sweet, but...