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Saucepan Chocolate Sheet Cake

Ingredients

  • BATTER:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 4 cups sifted powder sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
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Saucepan Chocolate Sheet Cake

Time: 30 minutes prep, 30 minutes cook
Servings: 38
 

Directions

  1. BATTER: Place water, butter and cocoa in large saucepan (3 qt. size)
  2. Place over medium heat stirring frequently until it just begins to simmer.
  3. Add sugar and cook and stir 1 minute more. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature (hasten by placing saucepan in larger pan or container that has 2-3 inches of ice water, or place on a potholder in the refrigerator.)
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan; set aside.
  5. When chocolate mixture has cooled, stir well scraping bottom for any settled sugar. Beat in sour cream, eggs and vanilla using wooden spoon or hand-held electric mixer. Add flour, baking soda and salt and blend just until ingredients are incorporated well.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center and cake begins to pull away from edges. Remove and cool on wire rack.
  7. FROSTING: If using same saucepan for frosting, wash and dry it.
  8. Combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder and softened butter in saucepan (or in a medium-large bowl.)
  9. Beat in milk or cream gradually and add vanilla. Spread over cooled cake and sprinkle nuts on top (optional.)
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Summary

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A large saucepan can be used to prepare both the batter and the frosting of this sheet cake. Sour cream adds moisture and a more tender texture. This recipe makes enough for a large group or potluck.