This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lone Star Eggs. All opinions are 100% mine.
I wasn’t born in Texas, but I’ve grown up here most of my life and I couldn’t imagine calling any other place home. It’s where my family is, it’s where friends are and it’s where lots and lots of memories have been made. Deep in the heart of Texas you’ll find tradition, some are unique and quirky (like giant Homecoming Mums) and others are downright delicious. You’ve heard the saying “Everything is Bigger in Texas”, right? Well it’s true, everything is bigger and better in Texas including this crowd-sized Texas Sheet Cake!
You know how at every potluck, church event, special holiday celebration or girls game night there is always that one dish that you can count on it being served? For example, my parents grew up in Utah and every holiday or church event my mom made what we call “funeral potatoes.” I honestly can’t remember attending a church function where there weren’t a dozen different casserole dishes with funeral potatoes. Here in Texas, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a church function or celebration that didn’t include this decadent, chocolaty goodness in a pan. And after you’ve had a bite of this warm, light and fluffy chocolate cake you’ll understand why this dessert is a staple at any Texas sized celebration.
It’s also one of those easy recipes that don’t require a lot of fancy ingredients or steps so you don’t have to feel intimidated by it. Lots of people say the key to great baking is lots of love. I think the key to great desserts is starting with the freshest and finest ingredients, like locally sourced eggs. I wish I could gather farm fresh eggs from my own personal chicken in the backyard, but my HOA won’t allow it so for us Lone Star Eggs are they next best thing. Fresh off the ranch these eggs are “Laid by Texans for Texans” and available exclusively at Walmart.
If you are from Texas chances are there is a Texas Sheet Cake recipe that as been scribbled out on a recipe card and handed down from generation to generation. And once you bake this chocolaty cake and take it with you to your next celebration everyone will be asking you for the recipe too!
It really doesn’t get much more simple than stirring the ingredients for the cake, pouring them it onto a large jelly roll pan (aka cookie sheet), baking it and then smothering it with warm gooey chocolate frosting. Sprinkle it with pecans for the ultimate Texas nod and try to contain yourself for a moment before you dig in!
Is your mouth watering yet? Just look at the melty chocolate goodness staring at you waiting to be devoured. Ok, you’re right that is enough teasing. Here is the recipe so you can make this delicious Texas Sheet Cake for your own celebrations!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (the recipe I have actually says to use a little less than 2 cups)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup hot water
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- ½ cup butter
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
- 6 tablespoons milk
- 2½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease 10x15 pan.
- In large bowl, stir together flour, granulated sugar and salt; set aside.
- Heat 1 cup butter, the hot water and 3 tablespoons baking cocoa in a sauce pan, bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour over flour mixture in bowl; stir until well mixed.
- Add buttermilk, baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla and the eggs; stir until well blended. Pour into pan, spreading evenly.
- Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Meanwhile, in another 2-quart saucepan, heat ½ cup butter, 3 tablespoons baking cocoa and the milk until simmering. Remove from heat. Beat in powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla with whisk until smooth. Stir in chopped pecans.
- Pour warm frosting over hot cake. Cool completely before cutting.