Texas Sheet Cake

First things first, Merry Christmas everybody! I hope the holidays are treating you well this year. My mom used to make this cake all the time. It’s really really really good. It’s more like frosted brownies and it’s delicious. You should make this. Today. Or tomorrow since you might be in a food coma already today.

I made these during my lunch break on a day that I worked from home. I sent them to work with hubby the next day so we wouldn’t eat them all!! These are REALLY good warmed up with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

There are a few things about this recipe that just feel weird after all the baking I’ve done in the past few years. For one, you just throw all the ingredients together (this recipe is SO easy!) None of this adding flour and alternating with milk blah blah blah. It’s kind of refreshing to just throw everything in and turn on the mixer. You also boil butter and cocoa. Twice. It’s awesome. And don’t worry about the 3 sticks of butter. They’re totally worth it.

Texas Sheet Cake – from my mom – no idea where it’s originally from, although PW does have the same recipe posted on her cooking blog…
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vingar + 1/2 cup milk
2 sticks butter
4 tbsp cocoa
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix the flour, sugar, sour cream, salt, eggs, baking soda and buttermilk in a large bowl.

Bring the butter, cocoa and water to a boil.

Add at once to flour mixture. Mix well and pour into greased cookie sheet. The batter is VERY runny.

Bake 20 min at 350. While the cake is baking, you will have just enough time to clean up the mess you made, wash the dishes and prepare the frosting. It’s important to frost the cake immediately out of the oven, so no slacking here!

Frosting1 box powdered sugar (1 lb) – I just eyeball it to 1/2 of a 2 lb bag
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla
1 stick butter
6 tbsp milk
4 tbsp cocoa

Combine the following the powdered sugar, pecans and vanilla.

Bring remaining ingredients to a boil. Add to the sugar mixture. Ice cake right out of oven.

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22 Responses to “Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 6, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Jen – these look phenomenal! I am pretty sure I could eat the entire batch of your cupcakes in one sitting. Thank you so much for helping Krystal and Eric celebrate Cupcake’s arrival!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

      These were definitely dangerous. People were fighting over the last one at the party I took them too.

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    Megan — May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    They look delicious! Love that little cupcake stand.

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

      I got it at Home Goods. Isn’t it super cute?

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — May 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Nutella frosting?! Yes please!

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    Krystal R. — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Awww Jen, these are so gorgeous and a great way for you to get back in your baking habit!! Did you know that I had a big nutella phase during cupcake’s pregnancy…I need this frosting in my life!! Thank you for participating in my virtual baby shower. XXOO

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      You definitely need this frosting in your life. Even if you just make it to eat with a spoon. It’s SO good. Good luck with the upcoming arrival of your cupcake! (my sister is pregnant and refers to her little one as her nugget!)

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    These look wonderful and that nutella cloud frosting sounds phenomenal!!

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    Jessica @ Sunny Side Up — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I used the nutella cloud frosting on my birthday cake last year and I was blown away at how perfectly the name matched the texture! I love how perfectly smooth and fluffy it is. And yours looks absolutely perfect on top of that cupcake!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      I know – isn’t it the perfect name for this frosting. It’s amazing.

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’d also fill these with Nutella, and use a chocolate stout cake… mmmm…

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

      YUM! That’s a great idea.

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    tracy {pale yellow} — May 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! It’s hard not to want a nutella cloud frosting! I just made cupcakes for the first time in awhile too, I forget how relaxing and fun cupcakes can be!

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    Jessica of My Baking Heart — May 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    You had me at ‘Nutella’, Jen! Beautiful cuppies!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    So cute and absolutely perfect!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — May 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Oh man…nutella frosting? These sound so good!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      It tastes much better than it sounds. Trust me. I’m debating going to get the leftovers out of the fridge to snack on some…

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Oh goodness, these look dangerous 😉 loving the nutella frosting!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      They’re definitely dangerous. I was glad I took them to a friend’s house.

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    Becky — May 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Those cupcakes are perfect!!!

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    Rachel — November 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Do i have to have a paddle and stand mixer? I only have a regular hand mixer at the moment.

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

      A hand mixer probably would work just fine.

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