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Favorite Chocolate Sheet Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing

Makes

12 servings

My mother adapted this family pleaser from a recipe for vanilla cake that was in a church cookbook. The cake is so flavorful, it wouldn't need frosting-but I always feel you can never have enough chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in chocolate until combined.
  2. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a small saucepan, bring cocoa and milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted. Whisk in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Drizzle over cake and spread quickly. Let stand until set.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 638 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 132mg cholesterol, 511mg sodium, 94g carbohydrate (70g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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