Although no one quite knows the origins of the Texas sheet cake, one cannot argue how delicious it is. Some say that the birth of the case stems from a newspaper, while other rumors indicate that it gets its name from its ample size. Whatever the case may be, Texas sheet cake is easy enough to make no matter your age and is quite the crowd pleaser. Whether you’re short on time or have a hankering for melt-in-your-mouth quality comfort food, Texas sheet cake is the way to go when you are seeking ease and tastiness.
Unlike the classic sheet cake, which is typically chocolate, vanilla or a range of other flavors and decorated in a variety of ways, the Texas sheet cake is predominantly made using natural cocoa powder and topped with pecans and is sometimes slightly larger. However, both cakes utilize buttermilk as the main ingredient. Now that you know the basics of what it takes to make a mouthwatering Texas sheet cake, here is a quick and easy recipe that will not only tickle your taste buds but will surely become a time-saving option for any occasion.
Texas Sheet Cake Recipe
Although most Texas sheet cake recipe requires that you use buttermilk and pecans, you may easily choose whatever works for you. You may apply sour cream and walnuts, shredded coconut, or even almonds to bring out the flavor that better suits your taste. Additionally, though this is a sheet cake that is typically baked in a 9X13 inch sheet pan, you can make it a little thicker by utilizing a deeper pan.
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of buttermilk
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts
Ingredients For The Icing
When cultivating the topping for your sheet cake, the chocolate that you use should be warm enough to pour or drizzle onto the cake. However, it’s also important that your cake is cooled before laying on the chocolate frosting so that it doesn’t melt through the cake. You may also make your icing thicker, like a frosting, by adding more powdered sugar to the mixture.
- 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 3 and 3/4 cups of confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (optional)
How To Make Texas Sheet Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the flour, sugar, salt evenly.
- Add in the eggs and buttermilk to the mixture and blend well. Then set aside.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter then add in the water and the cocoa powder and stir until the mixture is creamy. Bring the mixture to a boil, then take off of the heat and set aside to cool about 10 minutes.
- After the mixture has cooled, blend it into the flour mixture and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the batter into a prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a fork comes out clean. Make sure to not overbake as this will eliminate the soft, gooey texture.
- To make the icing, prepare a small saucepan and add the milk, 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and butter, then bring to a boil.
- Remove the mixture from the heat, then stir in the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla.
- Next, fold in the pecans and blend thoroughly.
- Spread the icing over the warm cake, serve and enjoy.
Texas sheet cake is a wonderful dessert that is proper for any occasion. With fresh, quality ingredients, you can come up with something deliciously tempting that will surely please any crowd.