I am from Texas and I love chocolate cake! That sounds like a Chocoholics confession.
Well, what better of a recipe to share with you other than Texas Sheet Cake. This is a huge, moist, rich chocolate cake with a touch of cinnamon (my favorite) and most of all from the great
country state of TEXAS!!!
Now, I like sheet cake but if you ask my mom, aunts, or Nana… they would tell you how much they adore it. It is a very requested and well used recipe in my family, maybe only second to homemade Belgian Waffles! Let’s just say my mom has been known to sneak into people’s houses to steal a couple pieces of cake when no one was looking!
Here in Greece though, it is taken with hesitant looks because when anyone here says “sheet” or “sheets” it sounds a lot like you are saying something that should never be in a brown cake!
All that aside, this really is a classic recipe to have for a big party or family gathering, and it gets really easy to make after a time or two of practicing.
TEXAS Sheet Cake Recipe:
1 cup (real) butter
1 cup boiling water
4 + T. good quality cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350°. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, whisk in the cocoa and steadily stream in the water to make a smooth mixture. Bring to a slight boil for 30 seconds. Set aside.
2 cups AP flour
2 cups sugar
1 – 2 T. cinnamon
dash of salt
Sift all together and whisk into the chocolate in your saucepan.
1/2 cup buttermilk* (I use milk with a little yogurt)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 – 2 T. vanilla (depending on quality and strength)
1 tsp. baking soda
Gently mix all together in saucepan, making sure there are not clumps and it is silky smooth, do not over beat though. Pour into a lightly buttered sheet pan, large baking dish and spread evenly. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes depending on the size and thickness of your cake. You want a clean toothpick or knife when inserted in the middle.
3/4 cup butter
4 + T. good cocoa
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped, optional
Melt your butter in a saucepan and whisk in the cocoa until smooth, add the nuts and bubble for a good 30 seconds. Set aside to cool.
1 lb. + powdered sugar, sifted to remove clumps
6 T. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Whisk together the sugar, vanilla, and milk until you have a thick icing. Add the chocolate nut butter to your frosting and mix until very smooth. Once your cake has baked and slightly cooled, pour the icing over a warm cake and continue to let set.
(*Buttermilk can also be made by adding a little vinegar, lemon, or cream of tarter to your milk too)
This is a wonderful treat served with vanilla ice cream and/or a mug of ice cold milk! Any chocolate lovers will not be disappointed! This cake is a great hit for parties because it makes so much and is easy to serve!
I hope that you will make this for your family and friends and let me know what you thought.