February 14, 2011

Chocolate Sheet Cake (a.k.a Texas Sheet Cake)

I grew up having this a lot at family parties, where I knew it as Texas Sheet Cake, so I was happy to find a recipe that seemed like its twin in the Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook by Ree Drummond.  I brought this into work today as a birthday treat celebration for my manager as well as a Valentines' Day goodie.

This was so easy and didn't require any crazy ingredients.  I had everything on hand...which was awesome!  I love it when I don't have to grocery shop in order to make something.

Here is the recipe on The Pioneer Woman's website, which has lots of great step by step pictures to follow.  I also stole her picture, because I love the aqua plate!


2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
¼ teaspoons Salt
4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
2 sticks Butter
1 cup Boiling Water
½ cups Buttermilk
2 whole Beaten Eggs
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Vanilla

½ cups Finely Chopped Pecans
1-¾ stick Butter
4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
6 Tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 pound (minus 1/2 Cup) Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.

Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan (12x18) and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

While cake is baking, make the icing. Chop pecans finely. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together. Add the pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.

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