|It’s Judy’s Surprise Birthday and I have been wanting to make this incredible cake ever since I saw it on The Pioneer Woman Cook’s Blog. She says it’s The Best Sheet Cake Ever, and I trust her. Everything that I have made from her blog has been delicious and my kids have asked me to make it all the time! Well she was right! Friends were going back for second and third pieces!
I wanted to make a delicious cake for Judy and her friends, since I didn’t know how many people were going to be there to surprise the HECK out of her, I thought that a sheet cake would be perfect!
I read every single one of the comments on TPWC Blog, which is saying a lot ( she usually gets around 800 comments or MORE per post) and so many people commented that this cake was really difficult to mess up.
I thought of this the whole time that I was talking to my best friend while trying to make the cake and frosting.
Do you ever do that? Leave out an ingredient while you are having a serious conversation on the phone?
I have, sugar, while making pies, not good at all!I didn’t leave out any ingredients for this cake, but my mind was really concentrating on two things at one time.
I recommend this if you are feeling lazy and need to be challenged! Talking and Baking!
|Judy still trying to recover, you did a great job Tom keeping it a secret!|
- FOR THE CAKE:
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 cups Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa Powder
- 2 sticks Butter
- 1 cup Boiling Water
- ½ cup Buttermilk
- 2 whole Beaten Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- FOR FROSTING:
- ½ cup Finely Chopped Pecans
- 1-3/4 stick Butter
- 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
- 6 Tablespoons Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 pound (minus ½ Cup) Powdered Sugar
- Note: I use an 18x13 sheet cake pan.
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
- In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.
- Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat.
- Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.
- In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.
- Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.
- While cake is baking, make the icing.
- Chop pecans finely.
- Melt butter in a saucepan.
- Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat.
- Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
- Stir together.
- Add the pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.
- Enjoy! Take this sheet cake to your next party, you will make lots of friends! Nettie