Saturday, November 12, 2011

Texas Sheet Cake a.k.a. Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Texas Sheet Cake a.k.a. Best Chocolate Cake Ever recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Several years ago, a friend of mine made this cake and described it in such a way that I absolutely had to try it. I've made this cake several times since then and it is always a hit. Served warm, it is fabulously gooey and chocolatey. Served cold, it forms an awesome frosting crust layer on top that simply melts in your mouth. However you serve it, definitely plan to share with friends!

Texas Sheet Cake a.k.a. Best Chocolate Cake Ever (printable Gluten Free version below)
recipe adapted from Ree Drummond
Yield: 16-20 servings
(printable recipe)
(printable GLUTEN FREE version)

CAKE:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup butter 
1 cup boiling water 
1/2 cup buttermilk (or this buttermilk substitute)
2 eggs 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon vanilla 

FROSTING:
3/4 cup butter 
1/2 cup cocoa powder
6 tablespoons milk 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
Optional:
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pan and set aside. (I use an 18x13 sheet cake pan. However this cake can be made in whichever pan you prefer. It will simply be thicker in a smaller pan.)

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. In a medium size saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter and then add the cocoa. Whisk to combine. Add boiling water to the saucepan and allow the mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then remove from the heat. Pour the chocolate mixture over the flour mixture, and stir to combine.

In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, beaten eggs, vanilla and baking soda. Stir this mixture into the first mixture. Pour into your sheet cake pan (or the pan of your preference) and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

While the cake is baking, make the icing. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add cocoa and whisk to combine, then remove from heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Whisk to combine.  Add the pecans, if desired and stir to combine. Pour the icing over the warm cake. Enjoy!

Texas Sheet Cake a.k.a. Best Chocolate Cake Ever recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


34 comments:

  1. I made this for the Fourth of July this year and honestly, it is the best cake. You described the frosting perfectly, Mary. I love the crust that the frosting makes...and it does melt in your mouth...mmmmm

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  2. I've never actually made a Texas sheet cake before but one of these days, it has to happen. How could that much chocolate be bad?

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  3. I made Ree's recipe over the summer. It is the best sheet cake! I think I need to revisit this recipe soon!

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  4. CHOCOLATE & CAKE! YAY. I CAN NOT WAIT TO TRY!

    Id love for you to check out my blog and follow along. Let me know if you do, Ill be sure to follow back!

    can't wait,
    Summer-Raye
    www.summer-raye.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh My Gosh!! You are killing me.. LOL.... Do you know this used to be my favorite cake, that was until I got really sick and swore off sugar. No, nothing tastes really that good when I make a dessert for myself. I guess you just can't replace the taste of real sugar.

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  6. My mom used to make this all the time. It's been a while -years, in fact! - since I've had it, and the last time I tried to make it, I couldn't find the recipe. i'll have to bookmark this one!

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  7. Of course this is repetitive, but this does look amazing. I have been wanting to recreate a cake like this that I remember from when I was a kid. I will try this one too, to see which comes closer. This is my favorite kind of cake because you don't have to wade through a lot of cake to get the frosting!

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  8. I have been avoiding this recipe for quite some time. It looks like a cake that I would have to give away, for fear of devouring it! : )

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  9. This sounds so good! I love chocolate and I must try this for sure :)

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  10. This was one of the recipes I was given at my bridal shower years ago. I know exactly where it is and who gave it to me... and I have never made it yet. I guess I must rectify that situation!

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  11. Thank you to your friend and to you for psoting it,It looks so moist and yummy:)

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  12. I have been wanting to make this cake for a long time! Now I am totally gonna have to! Looks amazing!

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  13. I'll be making it for Sunday family supper.....

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  14. Mmmmmm....this is the kind of cake my family yearns for! Chocolate and delicious.....mmmmmmm.

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  15. I love chocolate cake. This one looks delicious.

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  16. God this looks so tempting...
    Its kind of funny how I can never ever say no to chocolate....
    This is making me seriously drool...

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  17. I couldn't resist this post, especially when I saw the title "best chocolate cake ever". I am such a chocolate addict. And that icing looks so good!

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  18. I see no pecans in that frosting...

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  19. This used to be my requested birthday cake from my Mom every year. Great memories...thanks!

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  20. Pecans are "optional".
    Great with or without them!

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  21. For the icing is that one & 3/4 stick of butter or just 3/4 stick of butter?

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    1. 1 and 3/4 sticks of butter. 14 tablespoons total. Happy Baking!

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  22. Just made this cake for July 4th and friends birthday celebrations. It smells and looks amazing. Thankyou!

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  23. I have been making this for over 30 years! Love, love it!

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  24. Really two cups of sugar? Can I use 3/4 C of sugar? I'm not into very sweet desserts. And no espresso or coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor?

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    1. If you aren't a fan of sweet desserts, this might not be the best one to try. This is a very rich cake. You could try reducing the sugar and see how you like it though. Espresso and coffee are always great in chocolate cakes, so feel free to add that in.

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  25. I've been gluten free for 1 year now and this is the best dessert I've made! It's so moist and turns out great every time. I'm the only one in my family with celiac disease and everyone else loves this cake! Thank you for this recipe!

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  26. This looks amazing
    If I used a different pan will the baking time increase
    I will use a 10 inc pan

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    1. I've never made this in a 10" pan. It almost fills a 9x13 pan. Yes, the time will increase slightly. When a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs, it is done.

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  27. Looks easy. Will try it out. Why is it called a Sheet cake?

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    1. The cake is traditionally made in a large baking sheet, 18" x 13". I believe that's where the name originally started.

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  28. What kind of flour... plain or self rising?

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  29. What a wonderful gluten free cake. My whole family loved it. I had to endure a 3 minute fit about "more cake" from my 2 year old. But it was oh so tasty.

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