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Joie de Vivre Heavenly Hash CakeJoie de Vivre Heavenly Hash Cake

This one was recommended by a close friend from Uptown. She got it from her mother, who got it from hers, who got it from . . . well, you get the picture. Joie de vivre means the joy of life, and after you take a bite of this cake, you’ll understand our joy. —Todd-Michael St. Pierre

4 eggs, beaten lightly
2 cups sugar
3 sticks butter, divided (2 softened)
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
2 cups chopped Louisiana pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons cocoa, divided
1 pound powdered sugar
8 teaspoons evaporated milk
1 bag miniature marshmallows

Combine eggs, sugar, 2 sticks softened butter, flour, pecans, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons cocoa in large mixing bowl. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9x13-inch baking pan, and bake at 350° for 40 minutes.

Prepare glaze by mixing remaining 4 teaspoons cocoa, 1 stick butter, powdered sugar, and milk in saucepan, and heat till spreading consistency. Place marshmallows on top of baked cake. Heat in oven till marshmallows are melted. Spread glaze (or drizzle heavily) over marshmallows. Cut into squares to serve.
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