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Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet CakeI’ve been in a funk lately.

A funk I’m sure is hormonal; I’ll spare my male readers detailed descriptions of the increasingly bizarre fluctuations of my menstrual cycle – let’s just say it ain’t pretty.  At any rate, yesterday afternoon my entire body, to say nothing of my brain, began screaming:

CHOCOLATE!!!!

Realizing that this hormone-driven chocolate obsession is neither going to fade any time soon nor be satisfied with several dozen a bite-size Snickers bar, my feverish middle-aged brain began to look for ways to enjoy some rich, chocolate-y goodness for more than 30 seconds.

The answer was nearly immediate, to say nothing of delightful:

Texas Sheet Cake.

Texas Sheet Cake is often known by other names, depending on your geographic location – simply Texas cake, Texas Brownies, Texas Brownie Cake, Texas Sheath Cake (no, we won’t touch that one with a ten-foot pole).  What it is, though, is a pan of moist, sweet, chocolate-y goodness that is extremely easy and super-quick to whip up from scratch.

Which is the only way to make it, really.

This is my tried-and-true recipe – the way Texas Sheet Cake is supposed to be enjoyed.  You don’t even have to get out your electric mixer; you can mix up this cake by hand in a jiffy.  There are all sorts of recipes for this cake all over the internet, so if you find one you like better, that’s fine – but if it calls for sour cream and walnuts, it just isn’t the real deal.

Note: This recipe calls for regular, salted butter.  I don’t normally use salted butter, so if you’re like me and use unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon table salt (or 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, which is what I use).

Texas Sheet Cake

makes a big, wonderful cake

2 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup canola or other vegetable oil

1 cup water

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease and flour a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda and cinnamon, and set aside. Stir together the remaining ingredients in another bowl. Gradually add the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, stirring until you have a smooth, rather thin batter.

Pour into your prepared pan, and bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting.

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk (whole, 2% or skim – doesn’t matter)

1/4 cup cocoa

1/2 cup butter

1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted (about 4 cups)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped pecans

Mix the milk and cocoa in a large, heavy saucepan, stirring very well to mix. Add the butter and, over medium heat, stir until the butter melts. Remove from heat and gradually stir in the sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the pecans.

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, carefully spread the frosting evenly over the hot cake.


15 comments

Erin says:

Funk doesn’t even begin to describe it. How did you know I needed chocolate so badly? :-)
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Beth says:

Sounds fantastic! If only I could find time to bake these days. On the other hand, I’m so darn sleep-deprived – and this cake looks like it could do the trick to keep me going.
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Michele says:

That is some fine looking breakfast you got there.
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Jane Gaston says:

Love your Halloween header and sidebar!

Way too old to be having harmonal problems but am getting over a very bad cold and what happens? You post the very thing I need to get rid of it once and for all. Thanks Jan!
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Chocolate cake??
You had me at Hello!
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Raven says:

That looks delicious!!! I’m going to write this one down for my daughter, she loves to bake. Thanks!

oh yum! I want some for breakfast! No, really I do! nom nom nom!
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We bake it in a 9×11 pan so it’s nice and thick and moist and we call it Virginia Sheet Cake!
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Trina says:

Oh the joys of hysterectomy bliss! Well, it would be joyful if it weren’t for those darn hot flashes!!! I used to hate winter, but now it is my friend!!!

Linda says:

OK, now I want cake for breakfast.
.-= Linda´s last blog ..Lake Lure, NC =-.

Another of your recipes where I have every ingredient needed yet my DIET cannot handle it!! Ugh!
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Pseudo says:

Yum. I’m feeding my funk this weekend.
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Jason says:

The only kind of cake I like is chocolate!!! So this is right up my alley. Looks awesome!

May your hormone fluctuations not fluctuate so much.
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Mama Badger says:

Really not helping me lose the baby weight here… You could call it Satan’s Cake and I’d still be thinking of making it at, what is it, 3:am? Mmmmm, just the thing for late night (or is this early morning?) snacking.
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