Friday, March 27, 2009

Just say yes to this cake.


chocolate sheet cake.

I love the pioneer woman. I think she’s absolutely hilarious and her recipes always look divine. I’m going over to a friends house this evening so I decided to try out her chocolate sheet cake.

chocolate sheet cake.

This isn’t a dignified dessert. There are not fancy sauces or expensive ingredients. It’s impossible to get out of the pan without it falling apart and looking like sludge.

chocolate sheet cake.

But it’s dang good. Like, there aren’t words to adequately describe how good it is. It’s what dessert should taste like.


Do yourself a favor and make this. tonight.

chocolate sheet cake.

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
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.
Add:
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.
Melt 1 3/4 sticks butter in a saucepan.
Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat.
Add:
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb minus 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Stir together.
Add pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.

Cut into squares, and eat.

21 comments:

  1. When I saw this cake, I wanted to make it, but was worried that teh chocolate flavour wouldn't be strong enough seeing as there's only 4 heaping tablespoons. What did you think of it? Is the frosting enough to boost chcooalte flavour?

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  2. If I had buttermilk I would definitely be making this tonight!

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  3. steph: I definitely think it was chocolate-y. The frosting definitely helps out on that front.

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  4. Love your blog, love your recipe and LOVE this cake. I made it a couple of weekends ago and posted about it on my blog, too: http://everydayheartbeats.com/2009/03/15/ree-drummond-you-are-so-my-peeps/
    Your photos are fantastic as well!

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  5. This cake is delicious beyond words! I have made it too many times. :)

    Steph, it is definitely chocolaty enough.

    Jillian, you can use sour milk; just add a teaspoon of vinegar to your milk and let it sit for 5 min.

    Hannah, mine always comes out of the pan fine. I wonder why your didn't?

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  6. ashley: no idea. i didn't really mind. haha

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  7. You have a beautiful blog! Love your photos!

    A friend made this cake for us a few weeks ago and sent half of the leftovers home with us. Now, that's dangerous! :)

    Keep up the great work!

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  8. You dont' have to tell me twice... but I do have to wait to make this though.. I need a good excuse to make a sheet cake.. Ah! The nephew's birthday is 4/19 *WOO HOO!!*

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  9. chocolate... sludge.... you just can't go wrong! loved the photos and now I must try the recipe.

    (huge fan of pioneer woman also)

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  10. Don't do what I did & ruin it with icky canned frosting. (Blah!) Excellent cake, even naked without frosting.

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  11. Guess I'll have to make this for my boys (and me!)

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  12. i forget how i found your blog..but i'm so glad i did. i've been here like 4 times today. i love it..keep up the great work!

    :o)

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  13. I've been meaning to make this incredible cake. Thanks for reminding me, your pictures are great!

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  14. I keep saying I'm going to make this cake. You might have just pushed me into making it this weekend!

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  15. Yes, I will print this out and make it. You convinced! The plate of it just laying there in all its yummy glory might have helped a little and guess what? I don't even like chocolate!!!
    ~ingrid

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  16. I have a recipe from my great grandmother for this cake, very similar, but one thing that really adds to it is to put crushed pecans in the frosting while making it, then pouring it on top of the cake, that is, of course, if you like pecans.

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  17. I've been meaning to make this cake ever since it was posted! It's so homely and nice looking! Pure comfort food :)

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  18. This is a very old recipe from Texas called Texas sheet cake. We have been making it for over 60 years.It is always served at family reunions and holidays. Yee haw..... Cherie...

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