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last bite

thursday night: "guys guys guys, we gotta save at least two slices so i can post about it."

friday: "yeah have another piece, but just try to leave a piece big enough for two slices."

later friday: "i mean a single-slice shot won't look so bad."

saturday through sunday:  nom nom nom

sunday night: "ok fine. maybe this last bite will just drive home my point about how good this cake is?"

texas sheet cake.

have you had it?

my mother would make this all the time when i was a kid. i haven't had it in years, but decided to get the recipe from mom for a beloved-yet-extremely-picky sibling of mine.

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here's my version of the recipe

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks butter
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup water
2 eggs

1. combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda in large bowl. sift if you like. set aside.

2. melt butter in large saucepan. add cocoa and water, bring to boil.

3. pour boiling mixture over dry ingredients; mix until blended.

4. add vanilla and eggs. mix some more. mix it good.

4. pour batter into greased jelly roll pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

now let's talk icing.

1 stick butter
6 tbsp buttermilk
4 tbsp cocoa powder (don't be shy! heap it if you have to!)
1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1. melt the butter on low heat.

2. add buttermilk until it's thoroughly mixed in with the butter.

3. add the cocoa + powdered sugar. keep stirring until everything's melted.

4. right before turning off the heat, add the vanilla.

spread immediately over warm cake.
dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

trust me, you DO desire.

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both the cake + icing call for buttermilk. nasty old buttermilk. but it gives the cake such a fantastic tang. i just love it.

the pioneer woman has a step-by-step with pictures. her process is a little different, but i imagine the end result is the same.

it really is an awesome cake. so glad i made it. maybe next time, i'll leave enough for a pretty pretty picture.


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