Texas Sheet Cake

20140407-190126.jpgI’ve heard that everything in Texas is bigger. Based on my visits to the Lone Star State, I’d say some things are, some aren’t. Chili is big in Texas. BBQ is big in Texas. Trucks are big in Texas. Snow skiing isn’t big in Texas. Water polo isn’t big in Texas. So let’s get right to it. Texas Sheet Cake. Chocolate + Big Cake = Always Good! Now let me preface this by saying “There are no rules to cooking”. I say that a lot. Every family has its own versions of this timeless classic southern recipe handed down from generation to generation. Some have cinnamon. Some don’t. Some have chopped pecans or walnuts in the icing. Some have smooth chocolate icing. I’ve even heard of some recipes where the water is replaced by Coca-Cola. “Whatever is clever.” I say that a lot too!. At the end of the day it all comes down to Big Chocolate Cake!
So here is my latest trip down the Chocolate Boulevard, courtesy of my Mom and great Grandmother.
In large bowl mix together 2 Cups Flour, 2 cups Granulated White Sugar and 1 teaspoon Salt

20140407-190552.jpgSet Aside. In medium saucepan combine 1 Cup Butter, 1 Cup Coca-Cola, and 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder.

20140407-190838.jpgBring to a boil.

20140407-191113.jpgRemove from heat and pour over dry ingredients.

20140407-191213.jpgMix until smooth.

20140407-191258.jpgIn separate bowl whisk together 2 Eggs, ½ Cup Buttermilk, 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract and 1 teaspoon Baking Soda.

20140407-191410.jpgAdd this mixture into the chocolate mixture and stir.

20140407-191715.jpgAdd 1 teaspoon cinnamon and stir until smooth.

20140407-191845.jpgPour into greased 13X9, 11X15, 10X15 or similar sized baking pan.

20140407-191943.jpgBake in preheated 350° F oven 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
While cake is baking make the icing.
Put ½ Cup Butter, 3Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, and 6 Tablespoons Half and Half in sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until butter melts.

20140407-192233.jpgRemove from heat and add 1 box (16oz.) Powdered Sugar, and 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract.

20140407-192326.jpgBeat until smooth.
Stir in 1 cup chopped pecans.

20140407-192416.jpg

20140407-192625.jpgStir to combine. Pour warm icing over hot cake letting the warmth of the cake help to spread the icing from edge to edge. Cool completely before cutting and serving.
Big. Chocolate. Cake.

20140407-192833.jpgDid you know that the melting point of cocoa butter is just below normal human body temperature? – – This is why chocolate literally “melts in your mouth”!

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