Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Texas Sheet Cake

Occasionally a cake comes along that makes you want to eat an entire 11x18 sheet pan of cake over two days.  This is that cake.  (Also for the record, I only ate half the pan over four days, and then took the rest to work on Monday before I became completely disgusted with myself.)

Texas Sheet Cake
(recipe courtesy of my mom, courtesy of a newspaper from about a zillion years ago)

½ pound Butter
1 cup Water
4 tablespoons Cocoa
2 Eggs
1/2 cup sour milk (add ½ teaspoon vinegar to sour milk)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
½ teaspoon Salt

¼ pound Butter
4 tablespoons Cocoa
6 tablespoons Milk
1 pound Confectioners’ Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 11-by-8-inch jelly roll pan. Bring butter, water
and cocoa to a boil in a small saucepan. In a small bowl, beat the eggs with sour milk,
vanilla and baking soda.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar and salt. Add butter mixture and egg mixture to
flour, mixing gently. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes or until cake tests done.
Spread icing on the hot cake when it comes out of the oven.

To make icing: Bring the butter, cocoa and milk to a boil in a small saucepan. In a
separate bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, nuts and vanilla. Add butter mixture and
blend thoroughly.

It's straightforward.  It's delicious.  And it is shockingly non-dependent on ingredient quality.  I was excited to make it with Ghiradelli cocoa, but honestly it didn't taste any different than when I've made it with generic.  But it does still taste delicious.  Everyone at work agreed.

Melting together butter, cocoa, water.

Soured milk. 

Dry ingredients.

Wet, dry, and chocolate mixtures, ready to be mixed.  You don't need a mixer.  Just a spoon will do.

Mmm, cake!

The icing begins much like the cake...

Except you just add the chocolate mixture to a big pile of powdered sugar.

No offset spatula needed, either.  Just dump the frosting on the cake and let it ooze.  And then the hard part.  Waiting for it to set.

But it is well, well worth the wait.

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