Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chocolate Sheet Cake

So when I was growing up my grandma used to make the best chocolate sheet cake ever. It was a staple at everyone's birthday's. She doesn't bake quite as much anymore but my aunt still makes it all the time. I have wanted to get the recipe from her forever and just always forget! Anyways so I was playing around the other day and see Pioneer Women's Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe and it looked really similar to the one I remembered.
I decided last night I would try it out. It looked really pretty but I was so tired I didn't even taste it! I brought it to work today for all my favorite work friends to try. After checking with my aunt I think the recipe is for the most part the same but the one I remember has a small amount of cinnamon in it! Dang...that would have be good to add! So this one is really good but I hope I can make the family recipe soon...cause it's amazing!

I did have a few mishaps I ran into last night as I was baking. First the recipe calls for buttermilk, which I don't ever have in the fridge and secondly I knew I was going to be cutting it close on the cocoa powder. I decided it was too late for a store run and I would just improvise. For buttermilk, I added 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the milk and waited and few minutes and voila you have buttermilk! For the extra cocoa powder, I was right I was about 3 tablespoons short. So I added 1 ounce (1 bar) of unsweetened chocolate to the butter mixture for the icing.

I think the cake turned out great even with all the changes I had to make! I will say that I think I prefer the one my family makes but this one was great too! I never even had to break the mixer out!

Pioneer Woman Chocolate Sheet Cake

Combine in a mixing bowl:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a saucepan, melt:
2 sticks butter (use the salted butter, if using unsalted make sure to add more salt to the flour mixture)
Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa. Stir together.
Add 1 cup boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat.
Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In measuring cup, pour 1/2 cup buttermilk.
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.
While cake is baking, make icing:
Chop 1/2 cup pecans finely. (I omitted these)
Melt 1 3/4 sticks butter in a saucepan.
Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. (I had to improvise and use unsweetened chocolate bars cause I ran out of cocoa powder)

6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb minus 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Stir together and pour over warm cake. (Make sure to stir until powdered sugar is completely disolved.)
Cut and enjoy!

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  1. Hey, Smitten while I'm not fond of chocolate cake I think if you had added the cinnamon I would not have been able to walk away. Cinnamon makes chocolate tolerable if not better! :)

  2. Oh, that Ingrid!

    I've always added cinnamon to the frosting in sheet cake. I have a cheater version using a box mix on my blog, but I've been wanting to try this version too.

    great job!

    And just to let you know, I subscribed to your blog, but it wasn't updating me on your posts :-( I think I've gotten it all figured out though.

  3. Looks great! I think those chocolate sheet cakes are a southern staple. I grew up in Houston and now live in New Jersey and I have not been to one party where there was a chocolate sheet cake! I should start the tradition up here.
    Improvising is a what a great cook does...good job!

  4. Well, your "improv" tasted great! This cake was light and the icing melted in your mouth...thereby easily explaining my quick consumption of 2 pieces!

  5. I usually never pair cinnamon with chocolate, don't know why. I'll start trying it after reading your post. I would have added a bunch of colored sugar sprinkles to make it more kid-friendly at my home :P. Very moist looking cake. Yum!

  6. This is one of my very favorite cakes. I love it!! You have a lovely blog here. Nice to meet you.

  7. Nothing better than a big piece of chocolate sheet cake with a tall glass of ice cold milk. Looks tasty!

  8. Hello!!! Your cake looks amazing! I wanted to stop buy and let you know that you won the 40 vanilla beans from my giveaway! Please email me your info.... Congrats!


  9. Congrats on winning the 40 vanilla beans from mybakingaddiction! I'm soooo jealous. :)

    This cake was a recipe my monther in law gave me when my hubby and I first married. It is so yummmy!

  10. You won 40 vanilla beans! That is great!

    Your cake looks succulent!

  11. wow that baked up so smooth and perfect in the pan!

  12. Beautiful cake, glad you found a good recipe.