CHOCOLATE TEXAS SHEET CAKE

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Every now and then, a dessert comes along that is so irresistible, so decadently delicious, that it becomes an instant favorite. For many, the Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake is one such dessert. With its rich, moist chocolate base and luscious, glossy icing, it’s no wonder this cake is a beloved classic. As an adult, I cherish the freedom to bake this treat whenever the craving strikes, and now I’m excited to share my unique spin on this timeless recipe with you.

Ingredients :

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder

For the Chocolate Icing:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Instructions :

Making the Cake:

  1. Preparation:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and position the oven rack in the middle. Lightly grease an 18- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet to ensure the cake doesn’t stick.
  2. Dry Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix well to ensure even distribution of the baking soda and salt.
  3. Wet Ingredients:
    • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla extract, and sour cream until you have a smooth mixture. This will help in achieving a uniform batter later.
  4. Chocolate Mixture:
    • In a large saucepan, combine the chopped semisweet chocolate, unsalted butter, vegetable oil, water, and cocoa powder. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is completely smooth and glossy. This should take about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Combine Mixtures:
    • Gradually whisk the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture until well combined. Then, slowly whisk in the egg mixture until you have a smooth, lump-free batter.
  6. Bake:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out evenly. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool slightly.

Making the Icing:

  1. Prepare Icing:
    • About 5 minutes before the cake is finished baking, begin preparing the icing. In a large saucepan, heat the butter, heavy cream, cocoa powder, and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Finish Icing:
    • Turn off the heat and whisk in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract until the icing is thick and smooth.
  3. Ice the Cake:
    • While the cake is still warm, pour the warm icing over the top, spreading it evenly with an offset spatula. Sprinkle the chopped toasted pecans over the icing.
  4. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the cake to cool to room temperature on the wire rack for about an hour. Then, refrigerate until the icing is set. For the best flavor, bring the cake to room temperature before serving. Cut into 3-inch squares and enjoy.

Conclusion :

The Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake is more than just a dessert; it’s a celebration of rich, chocolaty goodness that brings joy with every bite. This cake embodies the perfect harmony of flavors and textures, combining a moist, tender crumb with a luscious, glossy icing that melts in your mouth. The subtle tang of sour cream in the batter enhances the chocolate flavor, while the semisweet chocolate and Dutch-processed cocoa powder provide a deep, robust taste that chocolate lovers crave. Topped with a smooth, velvety icing and sprinkled with crunchy toasted pecans, each bite offers a delightful contrast of creamy and crunchy elements that keeps you coming back for more.

This version of the Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake is sure to become a staple in your baking repertoire. Its simplicity and ease of preparation make it accessible even for novice bakers, while its impressive taste and presentation make it suitable for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a festive gathering, celebrating a birthday, or simply treating yourself after a long day, this cake is guaranteed to impress and delight your guests. The combination of rich chocolate and buttery pecans creates a symphony of flavors that is both comforting and indulgent.

Enjoy the indulgence this cake offers, and don’t hesitate to share it with loved ones. There’s something magical about gathering around a table, sharing slices of this decadent dessert, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Savor the moments of bliss that only a true chocolate masterpiece can bring, and let the Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake become a beloved tradition in your home. With each bite, you’ll be reminded of the simple pleasures in life and the joy of sharing delicious food with the people who matter most.

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