After reading the book That’s Not Hay in My Hair this month, I’ve been so inspired by the great state of Texas. Coincidently, I’ve also been missing one of my sisters who lives in Texas, so reading that particular book gave me a feeling of visiting her homestead, so to speak.
Over the years that she and her family have lived in Texas, I have detected the faintest of Texan accents emerging from my sister, and I love it! I love hearing her sweet voice exclaim, “Hey!”, “Howdy!” or “y’all!” as if she were a Texas native. It makes me smile!
So, hey howdy! I’m in the mood for baking up a Texas Sheet Cake for y’all — which fits very nicely into our patriotic desserts leading up to the 4th of July! Barbecue, Texas Sheet Cake, sparklers and fireworks — sounds like a great 4th to me!
Texas Sheet Cake
*I prefer to use all organic ingredients
for the cake:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup water
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk with 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
-preheat oven to 350 degrees
-In medium-sized saucepan, bring butter, coconut oil, water and cocoa to a boil; remove from heat.
-In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and sugars. Add the butter/cocoa mixture and stir with a wooden spoon.
-Add in beaten eggs, buttermilk and vanilla.
-Pour into a greased 13″ x 18″ sheet cake pan (or jelly roll pan).
-Bake for 13-14 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
for the frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 Tablespoons milk (or vanilla almond milk)
1 cup pecans, crushed
extra crushed pecans for garnishing
-With a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended. Add maple syrup and milk — mix until light and fluffy. Gently stir in pecans by hand.
-Immediately spread frosting over the warm cake — the frosting will melt and spread easily. Allow to cool, and top with additional crushed pecans, if desired.
This cake is incredibly moist and flavorful — the chocolate/pecan frosting gives it an extra measure of deliciousness with a subtle hint of maple.