Pioneer Woman's Chocolate Sheet Cake

The Pioneer Woman wasn't lying when she said this is the best chocolate sheet cake ever. This is my new favorite cake to make. It's so easy and the ingredients are things most of us have on hand anyway.

Pioneer Woman's Chocolate Sheet Cake


INGREDIENTS
For cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For icing:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 3/4 sticks butter
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lb minus 1/2 cup powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS
Combine in a mixing bowl:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

In a saucepan, melt:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa. Stir together.
  • Add 1 cup boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.
  • In measuring cup, pour 1/2 cup buttermilk.

Add:

  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes. (Mine took longer.)
  • While cake is baking, make icing:
  • Chop 1/2 cup pecans finely.
  • Melt 1 3/4 sticks butter in a saucepan.
  • Add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat.

Add:

  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lb minus 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Stir together.
  • Add pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.

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