Monday, April 11, 2011

Texas sheet cake

Texas sheet cake / Bolo de chocolate com cobertura de chocolate e pecãs

Grandma-style-cake again – but this time, there’s chocolate involved. ;)

I needed a large cake – the idea was to share it with 12 of my coworkers – and the Texas sheet cake recipe I found at "Bon Appétit Desserts" seemed perfect [yes, I am obsessed with this book, and I know how understanding you all are]. ;)

Both the cake and the icing were delicious and were wonderful together – a day after taking the cake to the office I heard rumors one of the boys had had cake – for lunch. :D

Texas sheet cake / Bolo de chocolate com cobertura de chocolate e pecãs

Texas sheet cake
from the fantastic Bon Appétit Desserts

1 2/3 cups (233g) all purpose flour
2/3 cup (60g) cocoa powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups (300g) caster (superfine) sugar
¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (240ml) hot water

2/3 cup (160ml) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
170g (6oz) semisweet chocolate (do not exceed 61% cocoa solids), chopped
2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, chopped, room temperature
1 ¼ cups (140g) pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

Start by making the cake: preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Butter and flour a 22x32x5cm (9x13x2in) metal cake pan.
Whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Beat in half the dry ingredients, then the hot water, then remaining dry ingredients. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until risen and a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
Cool the cake in the pan over a wire rack.

Make the glaze: bring cream and sugar to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, add chocolate and butter and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Pour the icing over the cooled cake and sprinkle with the pecans. Set aside until glaze is set.

Serves 15 – I made the exact recipe above and used a 20x30cm (8x12in) cake pan


VADEPAN said...

mmm...looks delicious!!!! I've just discovered your site and it's great!!! I'm adding tis recipe to my list of must try!!!!!

DessertForTwo said...

I'm so proud you made Texas sheet cake since I'm a Texan girl :)

Priya Suresh said...

Cake looks absolutely divine..

mycookinghut said...

Looks absolutely tempting!

Unknown said...

mmm nefis görünüyor afiyetler olsun .Bende cok severim brovniyi

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

I love your cupcake holders!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that's a mighty-fine looking cake! i'm obsessed with this book, too...i can't stop looking through it.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious cake and presentation

Ria Mathew said...

I love Grandma- style cakes! This one is too good to pass!

The Sweetylicious said...

the cake look so soft, fluffy and chocolaty! love it! yummy!! (: (:

Aleida said...

That looks so yummy! My dad always says that he doesn't like chocolate but I'm absolutely positive that he would enjoy this...And probably eat most of it on his own.

Min {Honest Vanilla} said...

Mmmm I shall keep this in mind when I want to bake for my work mates ;) Grandma-style is yummy~

kimberlycun said...

looks so moist and rich and yummy! thanks for the recipe!

Jovana said...

Great cake !! Best regards from Serbia! :-)

Andrea said...

Well I wouldn't mined having this cake for lunch. :)
It really looks very delicious and toping sound so wonderful. I'm going to make this cake as soon as possible (hopefully tonight). :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

What I love the most about Texas sheet cake is that moist layer between the cake and the icing. The part where the two just meet and make a fudgy in-between layer. That is so delicious!

Unknown said...

Ohhhh , Patricia! Yay for Texas sheet cake! Don't you love how moist it is? Yours looks so delicious! xo

Nisa Homey said...

Hey, first time here...Hmmm I love grandma style cakes...bon appetit's browned butter brownies is my all time fav
....enjoyed going throu ur space...blessings Nisa.

Sarah said...

My grandma makes this for every single holiday and it is one of my favorite foods from my childhood. Delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Vadepan, thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying the blog!

Christina, you are just too sweet!

Priya, thank you!

Leemei, thank you!

Tattlilar, thank you! (I guess) :D

Lauren, thank you!

Steph, thank you! Isn't that book amazing? I can't get enough of it! :D

Torview..., thank you!

Ria, thank you for stopping by!

Sweetylicious, thank you! It's very tender and I love that in chocolate cakes.

Aleida, thank you! Why don't you bake it for him? I foresee extra brownie points your way... ;)

Min, I hope you try it, sweetie!

Kimberly, thank you!

Jovana, thank you for stopping by!

Andrea, I hope you do try it, sweetie!

Sylvie, you are so right - and the icing really seals the moisture in.

Nina, I love it! Tender, moist, delicious! Thank you, dearie!

Nisa, thank you for stopping by!

Sarah, that is such a great food memory! Thank you for sharing it with me.

dandelion said...

Thank you so much! It was very tasty!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Looks great, Patricia! I'm not even sure I've tried this type of cake before and I'm american hah.

ChichaJo said...

Oh oh oh! I have been so wanting to try Texas sheet cake...sounds absolutely decadent with the chocolate and the caramelly-nutty glaze!

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