Saturday, February 7, 2009

Bliss in Every Bite

If you are concerned about calories and fat, stop reading NOW. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I picked up this recipe over at Pioneer Woman’s while on the hunt for a homemade chocolate cake for our son’s birthday this week.

I was intoxicated by the chocolate fumes while making it. And I would make it again just for the chance to lick the bowl. To eat it is bliss.

From the comments on PW’s site, it looked like this is a classic recipe. When I was telling my Mom about it, she said my grandmother used to make it. She described it perfectly from memory, sheet cake baked in a jelly roll pan with finely chopped pecans in the icing. Thankfully, I sent most of it home with our big guy. This cake would be the perfect Valentine treat for a chocolate lover.

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever (Chocolate Sheet Cake)

Combine in a mixing bowl:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a saucepan, melt:
2 sticks butter
Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa. Stir together.
Add 1 cup boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat.

Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.

In measuring cup, pour 1/2 cup buttermilk.
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.

While cake is baking, make icing:
Chop 1/2 cup pecans finely.
Melt 1 3/4 sticks butter in a saucepan.
Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat.
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lb minus 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Stir together.
Add pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.

Cut into squares, eat, and totally wig out over the fact that you’ve just made the best chocolate sheet cake. Ever.

My picture taking is not called photography, but here’s a snapshot:

I found out the great advantage of a sheet cake; I didn't have to worry about it caving in the center like my bundt pan cakes do! For more great recipes, check out Saturday Stirrings.


Anonymous said...

My hubby's birthday is this week and I think this will be his cake. I usually make him a chocolate cake, so this fits the bill!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

You had me at "chocolate" and "intoxicating!" I'm so glad I can't gain weight by reading this, because I'm sure it would a few pounds back on me.

Thanks for sharing, and have a blessed weekend!

Mocha with Linda said...

That looks and sounds so good and so decadent, that by the time I got to your last line, instead of "photography" I thought it said "p*rnography"!! LOL

Chatty Kelly said...

Mmmmm! Looks so good. I've had TOO MUCH chocolate lately. So bring it on!

Kim said...

Oh.My.Goodness! This sounds absolutely divine and I'm going to try it this week. Thanks for sharing!

My ADHD Me said...

Except for the nuts, this looks like a cake my mom-in-law makes. Even though I am not a huge chocolate fan, this cake is fabulous!!

P.S. Re: your last post. My friend has those hangers and LOVES them!

Farrah said...

Now, why did you have to go and give a recipe like this??!! Don't you know I will HAVE to make it and eat it and gain weight??? :-)

Farrah said...

PS Obviously the warning to stop reading did not work with me. ;-)

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

YUM! I coping this one ASAP. I love recipes that are made with simple every day pantry items. Thanks for sharing!


Edie said...

Mmmm that looks delicious! I am trying so hard to stay away from the sweets. Just for a chance to lick the bowl...
.... oh dear, please excuse the drool. :)

Anonymous said...

I did end up making this for Hubby's birthday this week. It was wonderful! I left out the nuts because not everyone at my house likes them, but I think they would have made this cake even better with them.

Since this recipe does make such a large cake, and I did not want it hanging around my house too long after the big day, I brought a large chunk of it to work with me on Friday. The man I work for described the cake perfectly. He said, "The flavor and texture of this cake feels like a hug in your stomach."

I could not have said it better myself! (This is meant as a praise for the recipe, not for my cooking abilities!)