Thursday, February 9, 2012

Easy Texas Sheet Cake

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Seriously, the way my friends rave about dessert that is so fast and easy makes me with twice about even attempting something that might require a significant effort. I had this cake mixed, baked, frosted and taste-tested in under an hour. Yummers.

Even my skinniest friend kept sneaking pieces, but I stopped counting after three...or four...

So maybe this isn't the healthiest, but it is certainly one of the tastiest chocolate cakes I've devoured! Plus it doesn't require any weird ingredients and yet it is extremely addictive. I blame it on the butter. And the fact that your thighs may expand after you try this recipe, I blame on my friend Nicole, who first introduced me to Texas Sheet Cake during college whenever we needed something to whip up and share with a crowd!

Easy Texas Sheet Cake [click to print]
Makes 24 generous servings

For the Cake: 
2 c. flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. hot water
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. sugar
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs, large

For the frosting: 
1 c. pecans, finely chopped and toasted (optional, but real Texans love pecans)
3/4 c. unsalted butter
1/3 c. cocoa powder
6 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3-1/2 c. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 13x18" jelly roll pan with parchment paper or spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk together flour, salt, cocoa and soda; set aside. In another small bowl, whisk together water, buttermilk and vanilla; set aside.

See all those little air pockets just waiting to be filled with frosting?!
In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add eggs. Alternate adding dry mixture and liquids in about three additions. Continue mixing until well incorporated and smooth. Pour batter into pan and bake 20-28 minutes.

While the cake is baking, get going on that deliciously decadent frosting! Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Stir in milk, vanilla and powdered sugar; whisk until nice and smooth. Pour frosting over warm cake and spread evenly.

Sprinkle nuts across the cake and allow to cool until it won't burn your mouth up. Cut into squares and enjoy like crazy!

Source: Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

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