8.10.2009

Mini Texas Sheet Cakes


Looking for an easy dessert to feed a crowd? My No Thank You Boy proclaimed that a Texas Sheet Cake is the best cake I have ever made. It is quick to make - less than 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook - and is one of the most moist cakes you will ever taste.

The cake basically frosts itself and looks like a simple iced brownie when it is in the baking sheet. But cut it in 1 and 1/2 inch squares and add a squiggle of frosting and a couple candy stars, and the plain jane chocolate cake transforms into the star of the dessert table.

With a minimal amount of work, you can make a stellar dessert. You will be the star of any event when you bring a platter of Mini Texas Sheet Cakes.



Mini Texas Sheet Cakes

makes about 8 dozen

for the cake-
1 cup of butter
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for frosting-
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa
6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound powdered sugar

Tube of white icing from craft store or grocery store
Candy stars or sprinkles

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 18 x 12 inch baking sheet and set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat add the butter, cocoa, and water and cook until it just comes to a boil. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt. Pour cocoa mixture over the flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread it evenly out. Bake for about 18 - 20 minutes or until the cake bounces bake when lightly touched. Remove cake from oven.

While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, cocoa, and milk. Bring the mixture to a boil and then remove from heat. Whisk in the vanilla extract and powdered sugar until smooth. When the cake comes out of the oven, immediately pour the frosting over the top and spread it out evenly. Let cool and then refrigerate for 1 hour.

Remove the cake from the refrigerator and cut into 1 and 1/2 inch squares. Top with a squiggle of frosting and decorate with candy stars or sprinkles. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

21 comments:

Robin Sue said...

Ooh you made yours look so pretty. I have heard about this famous cake since I was a kid and my mom makes one once in a while but can you believe I have never made this famous cake? Gotta change that huh? I like the idea of mini, I think my mom's was huge. (and I would end up eating it all!)

Aggie said...

This is a great idea!! I love it! You decorated it so well...I am totally bookmarking this for a future get together!!

Leslie said...

ohhh, I love Texas sheet cake. What a cute presentation

Denise said...

I absolutely love this. I love making smaller versions of things. This will be a definate make for a BBQ I am having next weekend. I will keep you posted.

Lisa said...

I need to bookmark this for the next time I need to feed a crowd.

Bellini Valli said...

I have also heard of this famous cake but never tried it. Better get with the program:D

kat said...

I had my first taste of Texas Sheet Cake over Memorial Day Weekend at my inlaws & couldn't believe how good it was

Patsyk said...

Great way to dress up this cake! It's a favorite in my hubby's family, too!

Donna-FFW said...

GREAT idea.. I love it. I am so borrowing this very soon, the decorations make it extra special!

Arabic Bites said...

Texas Sheet Cake look so delicious! yum :D

Karine said...

They look cute and delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Dragon said...

Now that's a party!

amandalouden said...

I always forget about this easy dessert. So great! Thanks for the reminder.

Cassie said...

Thank You Thank You! This was the star at preschool orientation, the moms where all over it, and we cut the bites even smaller for the kiddos. They were superb! You recipes are such a help. Thanks for you time you invest in your blog it really is a huge help to us!

Angie's Recipes said...

A great dessert for everyone!
Both yours and Donnas are all GREAT!

Angie's Recipes

Donna-FFW said...

Just wanted to thank you for this recipe.. I blogged about it and left you an award on my blog:) We loved it!

Donna-FFW said...

Just wanted to thank you for this recipe.. I blogged about it and left you an award on my blog:) We loved it!

Patti Anastasia said...

I've seen zillions of mentions of Texas Sheet Cake, but yours is the first that makes me want to make one. Your presentation is spectacular, as usual.

Sharon said...

Great idea!!!

George@CulinaryTravels said...

Wow they are so cute.

Lori said...

I really need to make a Texas Sheet Cake. They look so yummie.