TEXAS TURTLE SHEET CAKE

I was so honored to share this recipe on SouthernPlate.com. I’ve been loving Christy Jordan’s site for years and it was a dream come true to be able to contribute to such a wonderful website. Christy is from Alabama, so I figured I needed to bring a little something that represented my home state: Texas.

This Texas Turtle Sheet Cake is a tasty twist on the classic dessert from our lone star state. If you spend any length of time in Texas, eventually someone is gonna give you a slice of Texas Sheet Cake – it’s just inevitable. It’s easy to make – simple to serve, and it makes hungry crowds happy. This big ol’ cake is a symbol of Texan hospitality. I like to jazz mine up with chocolate chips and caramel sauce.

Ingredients:
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
1 cup butter
1 cup strong black coffee
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk.
turtle topping:
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup caramel sauce, to drizzle

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour the pan or use parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine self-rising flour and granulated sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup butter, 1 cup coffee, and 1/3 cup cocoa. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour into the prepared dry ingredients. Using a hand-held mixer, mix on medium speed until wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly combined. Add eggs and the 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Mix on medium speed for another minute or so, until well combined.
  3. Pour into baking pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes. When cake is done baking, a toothpick or fork inserted into the middle of the cake should come out clean.
  4. Prepare the frosting. In a medium saucepan, combine 1/4 cup butter, 4 tablespoons buttermilk, and 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat and use a wire whisk to gradually mix in powdered sugar, a 1/2 cup at a time.
  6. Spread or pour the warm frosting over the cake. While the cake is still warm, sprinkle with chopped pecans, and chocolate chips. Drizzle with caramel sauce.

Source : allrecipes.com