April 8, 2009
Chocolate Sheet Cake
Chocolate Sheet Cake is one of those classic recipes that is made a bazillion different ways. Alexis was very impressed with this one, except she decided it should be called "Chocolate Pie Cake" instead! I didn't see the pie tie in, but hey, why stifle her creativity! ;oP
Chocolate Sheet Cake is a quick recipe that comes together in a flash, yet gives you a nice dessert that is just perfect for dinner guests or even to take and share. This cake is simplicity at its best and sometimes simplicity is just what you need!
What You'll Need for the Cake:
2 cups of organic cane sugar
2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/3 cup of cocoa
1 cup of butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large glass bowl stir together sugar, flour, baking soda, sea salt and cocoa until completely mixed. Add melted butter, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla and stir until completely incorporated.
Once the batter is mixed spread it out on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray:
Bake for 25-20 minutes until cake sticks done. Cover with icing as soon as it comes out of the oven. (See below.)
Notes: The original way that my mom made this called for a teaspoon of cinnamon. I'm not a fan of chocolate and cinnamon together, but if that sounds good to you then add it in with the dry ingredients.
What You'll Need for the Icing:
1 stick of butter, cut into chunks
4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (Note: You can use milk or bittersweet if you prefer.)
1/2 cup of heaving whipping cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of powdered sugar
Five to ten minutes before the cake is done making the icing.
Cut butter into chunks and roughly chop your chocolate:
Add butter, chocolate and whipping cream to a pot over medium heat and melt, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Once melted bring mixture to a quick boil, stirring frequently, to ensure it doesn't burn. As soon as it boils remove it from the heat.
Add vanilla and stir to incorporate and then slowly add sugar and stir until completely mixed. Pour mixture over baked sheet cake that has just been removed from the oven. Spread out gently to cover the entire cake.
Let cake cool and then serve.
Notes: If you want you can add a cup of chopped nuts to the icing.
Posted by Dianne at April 8, 2009 12:43 PM
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I've seen this on a few blogs and though I don't like chocolate and there really isn't anything "fancy" about it, I'm pulled in everytime I see it. Guess I just need to make it, chocolate pie cake! :-)
Posted by: ingrid at April 8, 2009 3:34 PM
My mom used to make this a lot when I was a child. She still makes it for pot luck dinners and things like that. It always makes me think of her.
Posted by: Dianne at April 16, 2009 9:38 AM