Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Texas Holy Sheet! Cake

Ah, Texas Sheet Cake. Perfectly moist, chocolate-y, rich, and sweet. Its the epitome of Texas hospitality and decadence. Texas Sheet Cake is quick to make, requiring only a good mixing bowl and a spoon, and will delight host and guest alike with its ease of preparation and amazing taste. And it will have everyone who tries it saying "Holy sheet, this is good!"

With New Year's upon us its great to have a cake like this at the ready for unexpected guests or casual get togethers. Read on for the recipe.

Texas Holy Sheet! Cake
(printable recipe)

for the cake:
2 c flour
1/2 c cocoa powder*
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 sticks butter, melted and brought to room temp.
1/2 c buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c water
1/4 c black coffee

for the frosting:
6 tbsp. milk
1/4 c cocoa powder*
1 stick butter
3 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c chopped pecans

*just for sheets and giggles I substituted 1 tbsp. of Hershey's special dark cocoa powder for 1 tbsp. of regular. Use whatever you have on hand, but dark chocolate and I? We have a thing.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together. Add the sugar and mix well.
In a separate bowl beat the eggs until foamy. Add the melted butter, buttermilk, water, coffee, and vanilla. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until smooth.
Pour the batter into a greased 10"x15" pan, spread evenly. The pan will be very full, place come foil underneath to catch any drips. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

While the cake is baking make the frosting. Toast the pecans and set aside.
Combine the milk, cocoa powder, and butter in a saucepan over low heat. Bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in half the pecans and pour over the warm cake. Gently spread the frosting to cover the entire cake. Sprinkle with remaining pecans.

I know this is hard to resist.
But you must be patient. Allow the cake to cool for at least 30 minutes. Go do the dishes, read a book, take a walk.

Just stop gazing across the room.

Ok enough already, finally slice a heapin' helping and dig in.

Here's my piece, you can have that smaller one on the plate.

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