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Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

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This recipe for Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake, by , is from A Family Cookbook for Jennie and Vincent, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Eleanor Williamson
Added: Monday, October 19, 2009


2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup butter
½ cup Crisco
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (I use Hershey’s- richer cocoas are almost too rich)
1 cup water

½ cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla

1 stick butter
6 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons instant coffee/espresso (optional)
6 tablespoons cocoa
1 box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted (a shared TX & SC tradition)

Cake: Sift together sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

Stir together butter, Crisco, cocoa and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until butter and shortening melt. Remove from heat; pour over sugar mixture, stirring until dissolved. Stir in buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Pour into greased and lightly floured 15 x 10 inch jelly-roll pan.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. It will have a fudge-like texture.
Spread warm icing over hot cake.

Icing: Cook butter, cocoa, milk and instant coffee in saucepan over medium-low heat until bubbles appear on the surface. Remove from heat and gradually beat/stir in sugar, then vanilla. Spread over hot cake.

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45 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Again, I can't help but submit a much-loved dessert from my maiden Fuqua/Owen family lore. This is a constant, down-home favorite - not fancy but always good, especially with a side of ice cream.




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