Friday, July 31, 2015

The Family Has Got To Eat

I remember a game we used to play as kiddos when we were bored or stuck in the car running errands with my mom.
You had to pick 5 foods, and only 5 foods, to eat at every meal for the rest of your life. When I was nine, all 5 could be found at the check out aisle by the cashier. It was all about the sodium and sugar, folks. But if asked the same question today, I would still choose one thing to top that list. My Nanny's Texas Sheet Cake. It is chocolate. It is delicious. And it is a snap to make.

Because I love you, I am going to show you how easy it is to make this cake.  It will change your life - seriously. With the help of my darling daughter Colleen, acting as chef, here we go. Don't worry, I will include the written recipe at the end of this post.

One of the great things about this recipe is I usually have everything I need already in the pantry. Bonus for me since my nearest grocery store is 20 minutes away.

Both the cake mixture and the frosting require boiling the cocoa with the butter. I don't know why this makes me feel all June Cleaver, it just does. I'm all about vintage, baby.

Once the cocoa, butter, water and shortening boil, add it to the flour and sugar.

Mix well.  In a large measuring cup, blend the buttermilk, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, soda and salt. Pour this into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir until it is well combined.

Don't worry if you don't have any buttermilk on hand. Julia says you can add 1/2 T of lemon juice to 1/2 cup of milk and 
it will turn out perfectly in this recipe. If you can't trust Julia, who can you trust?

Pour into a half sheet cake pan and bake for 15 minutes.This is the only part of the recipe which is a bit tricky. This is the BEST sized pan for this cake. I used a disposable pan I found at the grocery store for $4.95. But Santa, if you are listening, I need a half sheet cake pan. As in yesterday.

While the cake is cooking, boil more butter, cocoa and milk.

Once it boils, pour this over the powdered sugar.

Add the vanilla and pecans and stir like you mean it.

When the cake is done, pour the frosting over the cake while it is still hot.

Spread evenly and slide the bowl with leftover frosting over to your mother so she can lick the bowl. Pray she does not drop the camera into the frosting while she multi-tasks for her blog.

Now I am going to share the ultimate secret of this cake.You are just going to have to trust me on this. Do not ask me why. This cake has to be put in the refrigerator and not served until it is ice cold. It will look exactly like this.

Here is the recipe as promised.


And here is my Nanny.
Look at how precious and adorable she is.
This is a woman who obviously knows how to cook.

This is why you have to serve the cake ice cold.
Because when a woman who looks like this tells you it has to be served ice cold, well...

you just don't ask any questions.
You serve it ice cold.

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