Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever!

After many pounding fists and growling bellies hungry for chocolate, I have decided to post my new favorite sheet cake recipe. Now, now, now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves…this is not actually my recipe at all, but a delightful concoction from the internet sensation Pioneer Woman.

I know many of you have followed this funny, creative and down right super woman for a long time now. I have heard her name murmured on blogs, mentioned in casual conversation, but for some reason I resisted the urge to become one of her many followers. I am not quite sure why. But guess what folks…I finally gave in and decided to see what all the fuss was about.

Oh lawsee, saddle me up and call me a pioneer puppy! I can easily see why so many of you rave about this woman. She is not the tight-cinched apron wearing domestic diva that I thought her to be. She is one of us. Down to earth and unabashedly true to herself through and through, and above all else – hilarious! Funny how you can read little tid bits of someone’s life and feel like you have known them for years. After pouring over the pages of her site, I just know we’re related!

If you haven’t check her out, please do. You won’t regret it. Now, back to the chocolate…

This was my second time making this cake and I was fortunate enough to have some very talented helpers in the kitchen. Kameryn and Graceanna took turns melting butter, stirring batter, whisking icing, you name it! We had lots of fun with all the cooks in the kitchen.

We managed to get some action shots, but it was hard with so many little cooks buzzing around. Check out Pioneer Woman’s website for beautiful step-by-step photos of the cake. She makes baking it a breeze!

Recipe sweetly hand-written by Kameryn.
Pouring the delicious buttery chocolate mixture over the flour mixture. 
Spread it over the flour mixture;  allowing it to cool down a little.
Stir, stir, stir, just enough to blend.
Whisking together buttermilk and eggs.
Adding the buttermilk mixture to the blended chocolate/flour mixture.
Stir, stir, stir again until the mixture becomes uniform.
Carefully pour the mixture into an ungreased baking sheet and pop it in the oven.
Now for the icing! Melt the butter and add the cocoa. Once again, stir, stir, stir!
Gradually add the powdered sugar. (Little help from Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder, isn’t he a sweetie!)
Now for the final touch, pour the icing over the warm cake, inhale and swear to yourself that you will at least share some of it.
Mmmm, looks like a little Blue Eyed Yonder fan approves! Cakes are always sweeter after little fingers have had their poke at it.
You know it must be good when Nonnie has to give you a bath afterwards!
If this ooey, gooey picture doesn’t make you jump off the couch and make this delightful concoction right now, I don’t know what will! Just remember, as this cake sits it will get even better. I know, I know, that is hard to imagine, but trust me on this one. The icing will seep further into the cake and you will have to restrain yourself from unconsciously moaning as you sink your teeth into each bite.
And to kick off this holiday weekend I am doing a little Blue Eyed Yonder giveaway! If you make this cake, taste this cake or even dream about this cake over the weekend, leave me a comment or hit up Blue Eyed Yonder’s wall on Facebook. Tell me any sheet cake tips you have, things you may have done differently, or just how hard you hit the floor upon tasting it! I will pick a name at random to receive an adorable kitchen-themed surprise!
Happy, happy weekend!

Posted 5/28/10, Topic: Blog

  • Gina
    May 29, 2010 at 12:37 am |

    In total agrement that this chocolate sheet cake is the best ever! Perfect recipe for a hoplessly hooked chocoholic…me! Even before reading your post, I had decided to make it this weekend for son, Taylor who is also a self-confessed addict. I am confident that this will definitley satisfy his craving, too!

  • shea
    May 29, 2010 at 10:22 am |

    I made this cake yesterday and even though I think my mom has made a variation of this recipe for years, it was the first time I baked it in an actual sheet pan. I could barely wait for it to cool enough to taste. I burnt my tongue! It was so worth it. I'm not sure how I'm gonna eat it all since I'm the one that loves chocolate in this house, but I think I'll manage.
    I had a little overflow issue with my icing, but didn't have too much loss. It set pretty quickly but it's still gooey and delicious. I'm trying my hardest to wait to have a piece today. I feel like waiting until after 11 is a more acceptable hour to indulge. :)

  • Chris
    May 29, 2010 at 11:00 am |

    I smelled this cake the second I walked in the door. Before we cut into the cake I snuck a little dip of icing out of the bowl, I knew right then it was going to be the best chocolate sheet cake ever! Now, if I only had a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!

  • Katie
    May 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm |

    I don't know exactly how yet, but I am determined to turn this recepie into a devil's food cake. I think I might have to add coffee to it. I'll let you know how it turns out.

  • Anne Marie Peterson
    June 2, 2010 at 4:44 am |

    I haven't tried it yet, but you make it sound and look soooooo good, I'm gonna have to break down and do it!
    BTW, Krista, I love your blog! I'll be back to visit!

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