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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Texas (TX Sheet Cake)

This week in our study of South Central states is Texas. The capital of Texas is Austin. Did you know that its capital was named after Stephen F. Austin? He led a group of Americans that settled in Texas. We found out that Texas is famous for many great dishes because of it's diverse food heritage. Here's a great one to try...


Texas Sheet Cake

Ingredients:

For the Cake

2 c. Sugar

2 . All-purpose flour

1/4 c. Cocoa

1 t Baking soda

1 t Cinnamon

1/2 c. Butter (1 stick), melted

1/2 c. Buttermilk

1/2 c. Canola or other vegetable oil

1 c. Water

2 Eggs, lightly beaten

1 t Vanilla extract


Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan. Sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda and cinnamon, and set aside.

Stir together the remaining ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, stirring until smooth. The batter will be rather thin. Pour into your prepared pan, and bake at 400°F for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting.

For the Frosting

1/4 c. Plus 2 tablespoons Milk (whole, 2%, skim - doesn't matter)

1/4 c. Cocoa

1/2 c. Butter

1 pound Confectioner's sugar, sifted (about 4 cups)

1 t Vanilla extract

1 c. Chopped pecans


Directions:

Mix the milk and cocoa in a heavy saucepan (stir, stir, stir). Add the butter and, over medium heat, stir until the butter melts. Remove from heat and gradually stir in the sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add the pecans. When the cake is just out of the oven, spread the frosting evenly over the hot
cake. If you aren't sure about your oven, you can test it with one of those little dime store oven thermometers.

Note: With its comparatively thin batter, Texas Sheet Cake requires every bit of the 400° heat in your oven, if it's going to get done in 20 minutes.


If you are from Texas feel free to share a recipe with us to try. This is the last of the South Central states. Thank you for stopping by to learn along with us.

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