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TEXAS SHEET CAKE
Lynn McInally of Bellingham shares her brownie adaption of a Better Homes & Gardens cookbook cake. She recommends using chocolate from Chocolate Necessities for a rich chocolate taste.
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2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
11/4 cups butter
1/3 cup plus 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla
21/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup butter, cocoa, and 1 cup of water.
Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat.
With an electric hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat chocolate mixture into the dry mixture until thoroughly blended.
Add eggs, 1/2 cup buttermilk, and 11/2 teaspoons vanilla.
Beat 1 minute (batter will be thin).
Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Bake 35 minutes for the 13x9 pan (25 minutes if using 15x10 pan) or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 cup butter or margarine, 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons buttermilk.
Bring to a boil.
Remove from heat; add 21/4 cups sifted powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Beat until smooth.
If desired, stir in 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans.
Pour warm chocolate frosting over the warm cake, spreading evenly.
Place cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly before cutting.