Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

Chocolate is everywhere - thank goodness! altWe have many decadent choices available in the form of truffles and specialty desserts. Sometimes a simple chocolate sheet cake is all it takes to satisfy a craving and provide a little comfort. This recipe doesn't require any fancy ingredients, is quick to make, and can serve a crowd.

One of the last times I visited my maternal grandparents' house while my grandmother was still living, I wanted to do something special for them. My grandma was no longer able to take care of the cooking and although my grandpa was doing his best, I knew they'd enjoy some special treats. I asked grandma what she wanted me to make. She indicated that a roast with carrots and potatoes would be nice and then suddenly she added, "And make that chocolate sheet cake!" I happily prepared it and continue to use her recipe, thinking of her with love every time.

Grandma Anna's Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
*1/4 - 1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (dissolved in buttermilk)
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a jellyroll or sheet cake pan. Combine buttermilk and baking soda in a large measuring cup.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, oil, and water. Heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

alt3. In a large bowl, sift sugar, flour, cocoa, and salt. Pour in the warm butter mixture and blend well.

4. Add beaten eggs, soda/buttermilk mixture, and vanilla. Blend well.

5. Pour into buttered pan. Bake at 350 for 20 - 25 minutes, until cake springs back when touched and inserted toothpick comes out clean. (Prepare frosting while cake is baking.)

6. Cool on a rack, leaving cake in the pan.

*1/4 cup cocoa for mild chocolate flavor, 1/2 cup for stronger flavor

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, butter, milk, and salt. Heat and boil for 1 minute.

alt2. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Use a whisk to make it smooth and to beat in a little air as the frosting cools. Set aside until cake is baked.

3. After the cake has cooled 5-10 minutes, use the tines of a fork to poke holes in the top every 2-3 inches.

4. Whisk frosting a few seconds, then slowly pour over warm cake. Spread frosting to edges with knife or spatula.

5. Allow cake and frosting to cool at least an hour before cutting into squares or using cookie cutters for hearts.

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