Thursday, July 3, 2008

Texas Sheet Cake

From The Homesick Texan.

2 cups of sugar
2 cups of flour
2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
4 tablespoons of cocoa
1 cup of water
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 cup of buttermilk
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ancho chile powder (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Sift the sugar and flour together in a bowl.
Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, and when melted add cocoa and water and heat until boiling.
Pour cocoa mix over sugar and flour and mix well with a spoon.
Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda and chile powder, and mix well with a spoon.
Pour batter into greased 9x13 inch pan, and bake for about 30 minutes, checking it at 20 minutes.
Pour icing (recipe to follow) over cake when you take it out of the oven.

Texas Sheet Cake Icing

1 stick of butter
4 tablespoons of cocoa
6 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 box (1 pound) of powdered sugar

Five minutes before cake is done, bring to a boil the butter, cocoa and milk.
Remove from heat, and mix in sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nuts.
Beat well, and then spread over cake while both are still warm.

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