After this stunner of a cake, it’s time to relax a bit and make something simple yet perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon. A sheet cake, for example. And not just any sheet cake. Chocolate buttermilk sheet cake with chocolate buttermilk frosting.
Enter Texas sheet cake. One of my favorite chocolate cakes. It is the sheet cake. Always sure to please, easy to make and the frosting is lick-the-bowl good! I skipped the nuts (hope you don’t mind) as I don’t really care for them in this dessert. Okay, I snack on them too fast to have any left for a cake. Can we still be friends?
Did I mention the chocolate?
I’ve always wanted to go to Texas and this is as far as I’ve gotten for now. Don’t feel sorry for me though. Any journey that includes chocolate is always a fun journey. This home baker doesn’t mind. Someday I will put my cowboy hat on and get my inner country girl out. Give me a lasso and back away! And if the cowboys and cowgirls laugh at my lousy roping, I’ll serve them this cake. And we will all be friends.
You can make great friends over a chocolate sheet cake. It’s a fact.
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- 2 c granulated sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- ⅓ c + 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 c water
- 2 eggs
- ½ c buttermilk or sour milk (see note)
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ c unsalted butter
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp buttermilk or sour milk (see note)
- 2 to 2¼ c powdered sugar
- Grease a 15"x10" sheet pan. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and salt). Set aside.
- Place butter, cocoa powder and water in a medium saucepan and cook until starts to bubble. Stir constantly. Remove from the heat.
- Pour the cocoa butter mixture into a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, and mix on low speed for 2 to 3 minutes. It will be hot so be careful!
- Increase the speed to medium and add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla one at a time. Beat well after each addition. Beat the batter for about 1 minute. It will be thin.
- Pour the batter into prepared pan.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool completely in the pan.
- In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients except vanilla and powdered sugar. Cook until it starts to boil. Remove from heat.
- Pour into a mixing bowl. Sift the powdered sugar over the cocoa butter mixture. With a whisk, whisk it in until smooth. Whisk in vanilla.
- Pour the frosting over cooled cake. Spread evenly. Let sit for at least 30 minutes until the frosting sets.
So before I see the Lone Star state in person, I’ll enjoy the Texas sheet cake. As big as my sweet tooth.
Have a fabulous Sunday!