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Texas Sheet Cake (freezer friendly)

16 Oct

At nearly every family get together, this cake makes a appearance. I love how rich and delicious it is. It is super simple to make, and I always have the ingredients to make it on hand. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can easily make a substitute. Here is a link on how to do that 🙂
Buttermilk Substitute

Texas Sheet Cake
Source: Jamie Cooks It Up

2 cup flour
2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter
8 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup water
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

Frosting:

3/4 cup butter
4 heaping Tb cocoa powder
6 Tb milk
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
dash salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Toss with a fork. In a medium-sized saucepan, add 1 cup butter, 8 tablespoons cocoa, and water. Heat and allow butter to melt and all the ingredients to combine. Pour over dry ingredients and beat until smooth with a mixer.

Into a medium-sized mixing cup, measure 1/2 cup buttermilk, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Whisk until egg is incorporated. Pour this mixture into the batter, and mix well.

Spray a large sheet pan (12 x 17) with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. Place 3/4 cup butter into a medium-sized saucepan. Add 4 heaping tablespoons of cocoa and 6 tablespoons milk. Heat mixture on stove top. Allow the butter to melt and ingredients to combine; only takes a couple of minutes.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, and a dash of salt. Beat until smooth with mixture. Pour icing over warm cake. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

**I haven’t tried to freeze this yet, but the recipe states to wrap tightly in foil. I would also place in a freezer safe ziplock bag.

texas sheet cake

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Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Bars

31 Jan

If you have a few bananas going bad, you must try this recipe! A girl I used to work with let me have a sample of this a few years ago, and I have been in love with it ever since!  This recipe turns out moist and delicious, and topped with the cream cheese frosting….it’s amazing 🙂 I can’t say enough good things about this recipe, for us it’s a keeper.

I think it’s especially important to bake it in a 10 x 13 inch pan, because you get a thick layer of cream cheese frosting to go with the bananas…yum! The recipe calls for a can of premade cream cheese frosting, but I made my own this time. If you want to save time, pick up a can of frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Bars

Source: Amy Ball

1/2 cup softened butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup light sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup mashed bananas (about 3)

16 oz container cream cheese frosting (or homemade)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10 x 13 inch pan, and set aside.

Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs, and mix well. Add sour cream and vanilla, mix again.

Combine dry ingredients, and stir into batter. Add bananas and mix well.

Spread into greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool and frost with cream cheese icing.

Wacky Chocolate Cake

9 Aug

My husband’s grandmother gave me a cookbook recently. It’s one of those cookbooks that church’s or different groups of people get together and submit recipes for. I have several cookbooks like this and they are filled with great tried and true recipes. This one happens to be from St. Margaret’s Mercy Hospital in Fredonia, K.S. It says in the front of the book that Linda, my husband’s aunt gave this book to his grandmother in 1985.

I was excited to look though the book and make a recipe. My parents came over for dinner last night, and I thought this was the perfect excuse to make this cake!

I have to say, I was intrigued by this recipe. The cake recipe doesn’t call for any eggs, but it does say to add 2 tbsp of vinegar. This cake turned out moist and delicious. I had all the ingredients already on hand, and it was easy to assemble. I will be making this again!

Wacky Chocolate Cake

Source: Sharing Recipes, compiled by St. Margaret’s Mercy Hospital

 

cake:

3 cups flour

6 tbsp cocoa

2 tsp baking soda

2 cups sugar

1 tsp salt

10 tbsp cooking oil

2 tbsp vinegar

2 cups water

frosting:

1/2 stick butter

2 tbsp cocoa

3 tbsp milk (I added more to get a smoother consistency)

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Sift flour, cocoa, soda, sugar, and salt together. Make a hole in dry ingredients for each of the following: oil, vinegar, and vanilla.

Pour 2 cups water over the whole mixture. Mix, and beat slightly. Do not overbeat.

Place in a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (I had to bake mine about 40 minutes).

For the frosting: Melt butter, cocoa, and milk together and bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients and beat well. Pour on cake and spread while cake and frosting are hot.