Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dessert tonight - Texas Sheetcake

It's been a long time since I've made this oh so chocolately dessert, but I decided tonight was the night.  The recipe comes from "Taste of Home" magazine, and I've had it for at least 10 years.  The really great thing about this recipe is I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.

For the cake you need:

1 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.  Then in a saucepan, bring butter, water and cocoa to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in flour mixture.  Stir in sour cream until smooth.  Pour into a 15 x 10 x 1 greased pan and bake for 20 - 25 minutes.

For the icing, you need:

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons cocoa
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In saucepan, melt butter; add milk and cocoa.  Bring to a boil.  This is an excellent place to have any teenager who wanders into the kitchen and asks "whatcha making me?" help make it!

Teenager stirring icing

After boil, remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Pour over warm (but not hot) cake. 

Now, here's the funny part of the recipe... it says to cool completely on a wire rack!  As if that will happen with 3 teenagers in the house.  In reality, this is what happened.

It's a good day when the dessert is chocolate, and the pan is empty!  

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