Chocolate Hot Lava Cake

1 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch square cake pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons of the cocoa powder, the baking powder, and the salt. In a medium bowl, stir the remaining 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the brown sugar. Combine the mixture thoroughly with your fingers, breaking up any sugar lumps. Set aside. To the flour mixture, add the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Combine thoroughly. Pour the batter evenly into the buttered pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the batter. Spread the brown sugar mixture evenly over the top. Slowly pour the boiling water over the batter. Bake for 25 minutes.

Allow the cake to cool at 10-15 minutes before serving. The soft, moist cake will be on top, and underneath will be a luscious layer of chocolate "lava". Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Serves 8.

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