Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake
Denise's recipe from way back when
Cake Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks butter
1 cup water
4 tablespoons cocoa (I heaped them.)
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk (If you don't have buttermilk, put 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a measuring cup and fill to the 1/2 cup mark with regular milk.This works just as well as buttermilk.)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and salt.
  • In a saucepan, melt 2 sticks of butter. Stir in cocoa and then add water. Bring to a brief boil and remove from heat.
  • Beat together eggs and buttermilk. Add vanilla and baking soda and mix well.
  • Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir together. Add the egg mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased 12x18x1 baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. (I've also made it without greasing the pan, and it did just fine.)
While the cake bakes, make the icing-
In a medium saucepan, heat together 1 and 1/2 sticks butter, 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder (heaped if you like), and 6 tablespoons milk. Bring to a brief boil and remove from heat. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and gradually add 1 box (1 lb.) powdered sugar. Stir in 1 cup of chopped nuts if desired. Pour the hot icing on the hot cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.