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Texas Sheet Cake January 26, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — lonislens @ 12:52 am

Another recipe from the Jan/Feb issue of Cooking Light….are you surprised?!  This issue featured the top chocolate recipes from all Cooking Light issues, and this one took second place.  To be honest, I’m a little bit surprised.  The cake itself was delicious, but I added more cocoa than it called for (accidentally, as I overlooked the “divided,” in the ingredients list, and had I not added the extra, I don’t know if it would have been chocolate-y enough for me.  The frosting/glaze was also too sweet for my taste.  I would make this again, but with a few tweaks.  It was my husband’s birthday cake, and he was not disappointed…so that’s the most important thing!

Recipe Courtesy Of: Cooking Light Magazine Jan/Feb 2012

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  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, divided  (I used 1/2 cup in the cake batter and 1/4 cup in the “frosting”)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, divided 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Coat a 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray, and dust with 2 teaspoons flour. Set aside.
  3. Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Combine 3/4 cup water, 1/2 cup butter, and 1/4 cup cocoa in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add to flour mixture. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs; beat well. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 375° for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack.
  4. Combine 6 tablespoons butter, fat-free milk, and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in powdered sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla. Spread over hot cake. Sprinkle cake with pecans. Cool completely on wire rack.

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