Texas Sheet Cake
1 cup water
1 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour cream (I use sour cream when I have it)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar
Bring to boil in a large saucepan the water, butter and cocoa. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Mix well and pour into greased 11x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
While cake is baking, make frosting in saucepan. Combine:
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp cocoa
1/4 cup milk
Heat to boiling. Mix in 3 cups powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Pour warm frosting over cake when you take it from oven.
***I was out of butter on Sunday after making the cake so all I could do for the frosting was make a glaze. I used:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp cocoa
Mix cocoa and powdered sugar together and add milk until it's the consistency you prefer. I made mine a just thin enough to drizzle over the cake. And it is so good when the icing soaks into the cake.
I have seen several variations of the cake recipe some use vinegar and some don't. Some recipes add in a little cinnamon and I have done that too and liked it. Pioneer Woman has a slightly different recipe which I heard is great too. She calls hers The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever. The first time I heard of this cake it was called Brownie Sheet Cake...my grandmother made it but she never used a recipe. So whether it is called Texas Sheet Cake, Brownie Sheet Cake or Chocolate Sheet Cake it really is all the same thing...just don't tell that to your friends from Texas!
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