Monday, August 18, 2008

Chocolate Sheet Cake

No pictures of this one (yet). Sorry. Just the recipe, which is great for outdoor events like picnics or family reunions and potlucks. It's quick and is a mix between brownies and cake.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour a large sheet pan (cookie sheet with sides).

Combine in a bowl and stir:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar

In a sauce pan combine and stir:
1 stick butter (or margarine - I use Parkay)
4 Tbs. cocoa
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil
Bring to a boil, then pour over flour/sugar mixture.

Add the following:
1/2 cup buttermilk (or add 1/2 tsp. vinegar to 1/2 c. milk) Don't make the mistake I did the first (and only time) and add 1/2 CUP vinegar to 1/2 cup milk. Gross!!!
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix well. Pour into pan and bake for 20 minutes. Be sure to check the cake (toothpick comes out clean) in order to avoid over baking.

While cake is still hot (directly out of oven) mix the following in a medium pan over heat for icing:
1 stick butter (or margarine)
4 Tbs. cocoa
5 Tbs. milk
Bring to a boil. Take off heat and add a box of powdered sugar (1 lb.) slowly. You may not use the entire box. If the icing gets too thick, add a bit of milk. Too thin, add more powdered sugar.
Add 1/2 cup (to 1 cup) pecans
1 tsp. vanilla.


Spread over warm cake quickly as it hardens super quick!

Eat and enjoy.

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