Texas Sheet Cake

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, March 7, 2010

You’re not even going to believe what today is.

Any guesses??

C’mon, friends, give me something, anything…

Okay, okay, I’ll tell you.

In just a minute, I want just one more bite of cake first.

It’s my 6-month blogiverary!  Woohoo!  Break out the sparkling apple cider!  I love that stuff, by the way.  I could drink it by the bottle.  And I have, for that matter, on more than one occasion.  Yum.

Anyways, I really can’t believe I’m still at this six months after starting a blog, and still liking it.  I do love food and trying out new recipes and it’s been a blast to share my experiences and with you.

But I have a little secret.

I’ve always hated writing.  I mean, hated it.

I’ve had to enlist help in just about anything I’ve ever written because I’ve always been awful at it and I’ll procrastinate until the last moment because I have nothing to say and don’t know how to say it even if I do.  Yuck.  Yuck.  Yuck.  But now, now I do it for fun.  Because I enjoy it.  I’m guessing because it involves food and no one’s grading me and my ministry’s reputation doesn’t depend on it.  But still, I’m shocked that this is what I choose to do in my spare time.  My very, very precious time while both my kiddos nap.  I’m sure any mom with young ones knows what I mean.  This is so crazy to me.

I do like the irony in it.  Makes me smile.

And I wanted to celebrate this day with cake.  My favorite cake.  What I always ask for whenever my mom or Aunt Karen are making dessert.  Because it’s the moistest, most awesome cake in the world.

I have to admit that I’ve tried a few different recipes of it over the past couple months because I didn’t have theirs and I thought all Texas Sheet Cake recipes were pretty much the same.  I was wrong.  So very, very wrong.  I won’t name names or point fingers, but there are people out there eating second-rate cake and that makes me sad.

But you don’t have to.

My blogiversary gift to you:  the best recipe for Texas Sheet Cake.

You’re welcome.

And thanks for reading.  You make my day.

Texas Sheet Cake

Recipe from an old cookbook of Mom's
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes.
  • Ready in 40 Minutes.
  • Makes: 15 Servings
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks butter, divided
  • 8 tablespoons cocoa, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon vanilla, divided
  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray bottom only of half sheet pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, granulated sugar and salt.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring 2 sticks butter, 4 tablespoons cocoa and water to a boil. Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, beat together eggs, baking soda, buttermilk and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Now add the butter mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Mix well.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • About 5-10 minutes before the cake is done, make the frosting. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 stick butter, 4 tablespoons cocoa and milk until cocoa is well incorporated and the butter is melted.
  • Remove from heat and add powdered sugar, vanilla and pecans. Stir to combine.
  • As soon as you take the cake out of the oven, pour frosting right over warm cake and spread to cover.
  • Let cool and serve at room temperature.

5 Responses to “Texas Sheet Cake”

  1. This blog is great. How did you come up witht he idea? 4 9 8

  2. How often do you write your blogs? I enjoy them a lot 2 7 8

  3. vanessa says:

    I try to write about 3 times a week. But that always depends on how life’s going, but that’s my goal. Thanks for reading!

  4. vanessa says:

    Well, I love food and trying new recipes, so I thought it’d be fun to share the good ones with others…and thus, this blog.

  5. […] the BEST sheet cake ever – we call it young life sheet cake, here is the recipe (slightly different from mine, but pretty much the same!) […]

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