I was born and raised in Kansas and learned to cook alongside my mother. Now, along with my wonderful husband, I have taken the plunge into the city life in New York. These are my food adventures: in my own tiny kitchen, and in the many restaurants of the city.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Grandma's Chocolate Sheet Cake (aka Texas Sheet Cake)

This is another recipe that will always, always remind me of home, holidays and family. It is one of those desserts that I never ate except at grandma's during a large family gathering. In fact, I never knew anyone else ever made this type of cake until I came across them on some cooking boards and blogs last year. But it will always be one of my favorites. This sheet cake is rich and moist and just perfectly chocolaty.
I did make a mistake in making it by putting it into a 9X13" baking dish instead of a large sheet pan, but I just had to cook it for about 45 minutes instead of the recommended 10-15. It still turned out just as moist and delicious (and with a little thicker layer of frosting). And you really couldn't ask for an easier recipe.

Grandma's Chocolate Sheet cake

2 c. flour

2 c. sugar

1 t. baking soda

pinch of salt

2 sticks butter

1 c. water

4 t. cocoa

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

2/3 c. buttermilk

Mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a saucepan, heat butter, water and cocoa and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the eggs, vanilla and buttermilk. Pour into a 11X17" sheet pan and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes (or into a 9X13" baking dish and bake for 45-50 minutes).

Frosting

1 stick butter

4 TB cocoa

6 TB buttermilk

1 lb powdered sugar

Heat butter, cocoa and buttermilk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and mix together with the powdered sugar (and 1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans if desired). Pour over cake while hot and allow to sit at least 2 hours before serving.

11 comments:

Rachel said...

Looks so easy and yummy!

Kate said...

That looks like fudge!!!!

bakeorbreak said...

I haven't made a Texas sheet cake in ages. Looking at your drool-worthy cake makes me think I'm overdue!

Kevin said...

That looks really good. Nice an moist and dense and chocolaty good!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I have just stumbled upon your blog for the first time and I found the chocolate cake that will send my husband's taste buds into orbit....he loves a dense, moist chocolate cake.

Emiline said...

Well, all be darn. That looks pretty fantastic.

~Amber~ said...

Oh wow, that looks incredible!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Sarah, that is a delicious cake! And looks so simple to put together.

Melanie said...

I have a version of this recipe, but your cake looks much more moist and chocolate-y than mine so looks like I am switching recipes! Yum!

ashley said...

i always make my grandmother's texas sheet cake in a 9x13 dish :-) looks delish!

Tartelette said...

I love Texas Sheet cakes! It turned out awsome!