Cakes, Dessert

Chocolate Sheet Cake

It’s my husband’s birthday, Happy Birthday Tom, my best friend I love you!  Tom and I both grew up with our mothers making chocolate sheet cake. Both incredibly delicious and both a little different.  Tom’s mother puts cinnamon in hers and a smooth frosting so she can write “Happy Birthday”.  My mother’s is very chocolate with lots of chopped walnuts in the frosting because she is a nut lover.  I make mine a lot like my mother, but instead of regular cocoa, I like to use some Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa for even more chocolate flavor.  It is fun to make it a little different each time, and it’s always good.  You decide, and make it your way!

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Cake:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3 Tbl Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa
2 Tbl Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup oil
1/2 cup butter, cut in chunks
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 350°.  In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt.  Pour oil over dry ingredients and put in butter, not mixing yet.  Pour boiling water over butter and all other ingredients and gently stir until butter is melted.  In liquid measuring cup with buttermilk, add baking soda, let sit for about 30 seconds and stir into batter.  Stir in vanilla.  Beat in eggs.  Pour batter into sprayed sheet pan (mine is about 11½x16½).  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Mix frosting while cake bakes.

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
6 Tbl milk
2 Tbl Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa
2 Tbl Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa
3¾ cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

In a medium saucepan, stir together butter, milk, cocoa over medium heat just until starts to boil.  Remove from heat, stir in powdered sugar, vanilla and nuts.  Pour over warm cake.

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