This is another offering from my little guy's 365 Chocolate Desserts cookbook. Actually, they ripped us off a bit, because some of their recipes are one fo a cake, and another for a frosting, which is a separate number, but, hey, who's to get picky here?
This is officially called a Chocolate Texas Style Sheet Cake. Now, I guess my Grandpa would have said "Of course, it's Texas style. It's bigger than your normal sheet cake! And everything is bigger in Texas !" But I don't know if something else contributes to its Texas styling. I am sure our friend The Blond Duck will tell us, however. Go ahead and try it; chocolate lovers out there, including Sue, get ready to swoon over this one!
#126: TEXAS STYLE SHEET CAKE
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks margarine (this was specified)
1 cup water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sour cream
Melt the margarine, and mix the water and vanilla in with it. whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Combine the flour, sugar and soda in a mixing bowl, pour the cocoa mixture over it and beat until combined. Beat in the sour cream and eggs, and beat 2 minutes, until smooth. Pour into a greased 15"x10" pan, and bake at 350F for 40 to 45 minutes, or until done. Remove from the oven, and, while hot, frost with....
#127 CHOCOLATE PECAN ICING
1 stick margarine (again, this was specified), softened
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
1 pound confectioner's sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
Beat the margarine with the cocoa powder, and gradually add the milk, sugar and extract. Beat until smooth. Stir in the pecans. Frost the cake while it's hot, then let it sit until cooled. Obviously, from the picture above, I simply topped half of my cake with nuts, rather than stir them into the frosting, because half of my kids don't like nuts. But, hey, we have to cater to our audiences to a minor degree, right?
Really, I do believe from the reactions of my 9 critics that this would more properly be titled, "Chocolate Coma on a Plate." Enjoy!