Texas Sheet Cake With Fudge Icing

2.8
(5)
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
Yield:
20 servings

Somehow, Texas claimed this sheet cake recipe as its own in the mid-20th century, perhaps because of the pecans, an ingredient that grows in abundance throughout the Lone Star State. The defining element is its shape—and, of course, the icing, which has to be heated and poured on the warm, just-out-of-the-oven cake. The result is a rich, chocolaty treat that's iconic in Texas.

Texas Sheet Cake With Fudge Icing

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups spicy, fruity cola soft drink (such as Dr Pepper)

  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Cooking spray

  • Fudge Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often. Remove from heat.

    boiling chocolate sauce

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  2. Whisk together flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Add soft drink mixture, and whisk until blended. Whisk in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.

    chocolate cake batter

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    Pour batter into a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 17 1/2- x 12 1/2-inch sheet pan.

    chocolate batter in pan

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  3. Bake at 350°F for 18 to 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

    chocolate cake in sheet pan

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  4. Prepare Fudge Icing, and pour over warm cake. Sprinkle with pecans. Cool completely in pan (about 1 hour).

    Texas Sheet Cake With Fudge Icing

    https://www.southernliving.com/recipes/fudge-icing-0

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