Friday, May 29, 2009

Chocolate Dessert # 126 and 127

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 gu
ess 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
2 eggs

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!

13 comments:

Paula said...

Oh my gosh, my mom used to make Texas Sheet Cake for my dad when I was a kid. It was the one cake that everybody loved! Gosh, I remember the icing was more like fudge on top, and the cake itself wasn't very high, more like brownie height. Oh man, it was so good. I'm not a big sweet eater, but that's one cake that I'll gladly have a serving of! My hubby, of course, would eat the entire thing (and not gain an ounce ... grrrr)! Oh man, you've brought me some happy memories with this one! YUM!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I love the Chocolate Coma name better. This looks really rich. That cake is huge. i wonder if I can scale it down in size a bit.

imjacobsmom said...

Marjie, I could've used that cake last weekend. We had our maternal family reunion picnic. I brought 4 dozen cupcakes, but a sheet pan would have been much easier to haul to the park. ~ Robyn

Tatersmama said...

Yep, the name "Chocolate Coma Cake" does it for me too!
I'll have to double check and see if I can halve this since I'm not a big sweet eater, but the Old Guy would probably propose marriage if I made it for him!

Pam said...

My chocolate loving husband and daughter would really dig this cake. The frosting sounds amazing.

manker said...

wow yummers... especially since we're having guests at our inn this weekend

a must try.. ill let you know how it turns out...
gp

doggybloggy said...

I dont think anyone ever told you that 'let them eat cake' is a figure of speech - you guys eat more cake than betty crocker!

buffalodick said...

My wife likes cake way more than I do- she'd love this..

noble pig said...

Yeah that is not fair making the icing a separate number but geez it looks so good.

Channon said...

Oh yum... But I can't bake a chocolate cake to share with the dogs so it will have to wait.

Mickle in NZ said...

What a glorious cake. Never come across a recipe before where you apply the icing (frosting) to the cake before said cake has cooled.

The result looks amazing and the cake looks utterly yummo!

Sue said...

That looks wonderful, my mouth is watering. Keep those chocolate recipes coming, I'll build my own book.

We need big Thor in our bandana day shoot.

Grace said...

texas sheet cake rocks, particularly in chocolate form, and especially with that frosting! ooh la la!