I have BIG news.
In exactly one month, my husband and I are moving to St. Louis.
Being one of the biggest Chicago-lovers I know, this move is not going to be easy (to put it lightly).
The positive news is that since I quit my job, I will have the month of August to relish my last days of city living. I will also be packing our condo, and diligently working on my Chicago Bucket List.
As a farewell to my coworkers, I thought I’d leave them with a sweet treat to remember me by: Texas Sheet Cake. This recipe from Cooking Light cuts out a whole stick of butter from the original recipe, without reducing the richness of the cake. Also, I sprinkled pecans on only half the cake to so everyone could have their preference. This dessert is a real winner with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
What You Need
- Cooking spray
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa, divided
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, divided
- 2 large eggs
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup fat-free milk
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
What To Do
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Coat a 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking spray, and dust with 2 teaspoons flour. Set aside.
- Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
- Combine 3/4 cup water, 1/2 cup butter, and 1/4 cup cocoa in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add to flour mixture. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs; beat well.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack.
- Combine 6 tablespoons butter, fat-free milk, and remaining 1/4 cup cocoa in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in powdered sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla. Spread over hot cake. Sprinkle cake with pecans.
- Cool completely on wire rack.