Chocolate Sheet Cake

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
24 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Icing:
  • 1 3/4 sticks butter
  • 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, optional
Directions

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Stir together and set aside.

In another bowl, mix the buttermilk, baking soda, vanilla and eggs. Mix with a fork and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and add the cocoa. Whisk together to combine. Meanwhile, bring 1 cup water to a boil. When the butter is melted, pour the boiling water in the pan. Allow to bubble for a moment, then turn off the heat. Pour the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture. Stir together for a moment to cool the chocolate, then pour in the egg mixture. Stir together until smooth, then pour into an ungreased jelly roll pan (or rimmed baking sheet) and bake for 20 minutes.

While the cake is baking, make the icing: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the cocoa powder and stir until smooth. Add the milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. Stir together. Dump in the pecans and stir until well combined.

Immediately after removing the cake from the oven, pour the warm icing over the top. You'll want to avoid doing much spreading, so try to distribute it evenly as you pour.

Cook's Notes:

For a child's birthday, omit pecans in the icing. Serve the cake with a large bowl of M and M's and allow the kids to decorate it themselves.

This cake can also be made into cupcakes: Just fill muffin tins a little less full with the batter than you normally would so the baked cupcakes remain below the upper rim. That way, the thin icing can be poured into each tin.


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This was excellent. Very rich, moist and very reminiscent of what I grew up eating at potlucks. Thanks for bringing it back for me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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I am completely and utterly smitten by this chocolate cake. It has bewitched me and I have had to make it several times for me and my family. Don't change a thing! IT IS PERFECTION (period) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am rating this a 5 star because this was a very good recipe. The cake turned out fabulous. The only thing I would do differently is add a sprinkle of salt to the icing because the icing wa bland. But overall this was a well executed recipe. I was very pleased. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it. The only thing I would do different is use a larger sheet pan. I used a 13x 11, and the frosting was so thick. Love Ree's recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is perfect. It's easy, simple, and delicious. It turns out wonderful every single time! I love cooking, but not so much baking. However, I have made this over and over again and will continue to do so! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cake has now become my "go to" dessert! It's the easiest, most moist, delicious, fudgie, quick dessert, that satisfies a crowd! Last weekend, I made it for a college graduation party for my BFF's son. He is a bacon freak, soooooo, I fried up 7 diced, slices and mixed it into the frosting!!! Tha whole "sweet and savory" note, along with the pecans, really went together perfectly!!! Holy cow, was it ever delicious! Ree, I love your show and your recipes...thank you, thank you, thank you!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves brownies. Everyone else prefers cake. This recipe satisfies everyone's chocolate craving. Super easy, moist and makes plenty for the next day's lunchbox. item not reviewed by moderator and published
ITS A GREAT CHOCOLATE RECIPE item not reviewed by moderator and published
My hubby is a chocoholic (loves dark, rich). I made this for him for Valentine's Day, and he went through the roof, asking for it for his birthday! It has a deliciously moist, fudgey texture. Anyone who is complaining about the chocolatey-ness of this cake needs to go out and get a *good* baking cocoa. I found one at Raleys called Rodelle, and I heaped it on when it says "heaping." =) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummo! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! Made it for a Superbowl party, and it was a hit! So moist and delicious. Will make it again! Followed recipe exactly. A do over! item not reviewed by moderator and published
HOW CAN I MAKE THE PRINTING LARGER, ITS HARD TO READ? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe : Ree Drummond : Food Network