Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake

A moist chocolate sheet cake is covered with a rich layer of cocoa frosting. Simple and Delicious!
This cake uses a different method for combining the ingredients. Butter is first melted in a pan and then cocoa powder is whisked in to form a chocolate sauce. The sauce is added to bowl of dry ingredients and then a buttermilk/egg mixture is added to complete the batter.

Below is the buttermilk mixture being poured into the cocoa sauce. It really smelled wonderful.
The cake batter is poured into a sheet pan (I halved the recipe and used a 10x15 sheet pan) and baked for 20 minutes (I baked mine for about 15 minutes).
After it's baked, a molten cocoa frosting is poured on top of the hot cake.
After the frosting is spread out, you're left with a glimmering chocolate sheet cake.
It might be thin, but this cake packs a lot of flavor and is really delicious!

The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever.
Servings: 24
Inspired by: Indigos Sugar Spectrum
Taken From: Pioneer Woman
Original Source: European bakers from the mid-19th century

2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
¼ teaspoons Salt
4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
2 sticks Butter
1 cup Boiling Water
½ cups Buttermilk
2 whole Beaten Eggs
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ cups Finely Chopped Pecans
1-¾ stick Butter
4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
6 Tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 pound (minus 1/2 Cup) Powdered Sugar
Preparation Instructions

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.
Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and 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 the icing. Chop pecans finely. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together. Add the pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.

* It didn't call for it, but I sprayed the bottom of the pan with cooking spray and didn't have any trouble removing the slices of cake.


Lisa said...

Mmm, double chocolate goodness. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up.

Valerie said...

Sure looks like chocolatey goodness!

Shauna said...

Was sooooo good! I love going over to Summer's for lunch.


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