Grandma?s Texas Sheet Cake

DSC_0167-1 As you know, I tend to not have a lot of time to bake from scratch. I am more of a semi-homemade type of gal. However, I needed a quick chocolaty snack to take camping over labor day. So, after a quick flip through a few cookbooks, I stumbled across the Texas Sheet Cake recipe my Grandma used. And it bakes in a quick 15-20 minutes. And of course it was in the family cookbook in the section that their wedding picture appears.

The Schleef Family Cookbook is recipes from the 100th anniversary of my great-grandparents anniversary.  It is usually found open on my counter. When I am lacking an ideas in the kitchen I just go to my good old stand bys. DSC_0163-1Now, here is my grandma?s recipe thanks to my aunt who submitted it. I of course doctored it a bit. I just can?t leave well enough alone. I have a problem.Nikon 944
It starts with really healthy things. Butter. Crisco. Cocoa.
Nikon 947 The recipe calls for 3 1/2 Tablespoons of cocoa. I put 7 in. I told you I have problems. Sorry Grandma for veering from the recipe.
So, at this point I would have popped it in the microwave and melted everything down. BUT, the microwave was not working thanks to something with a ground plug.
I married a man to deal with the details on things like electrical problems.
I transferred to a pan and did it the old fashion way. On the stove.Nikon 953In the meantime, I combined the dry ingredients in the Kitchen Aid. Nikon 954I then dumped the butter, Crisco, chocolate combination in the mixed dry ingredients. Nikon 955
Mix together until it is a crumbly mixture.
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Then comes the buttermilk. Yes buttermilk. Just have it in the fridge at all times girls, it makes the best things better.
Nikon 961 Then some vanilla and eggs of course. And you will notice my eggs are white. I have raised chickens. I don?t waste my money on brown eggs. What?s inside the shell is all the same.
I am Kroger egg gal too. The eggs are all raised by my friends at Midwest Poultry here in. Learn about their farm here. If you are a brown egg type of person, they raise the brown ones for Kroger, too.Nikon 963
Mix together until creamy, ooey, gooey. Don?t take a lick. Remember there are raw eggs in it:)
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Spread in a greased jelly roll pan. And now, my Grandma would be ready to slide it in the oven. But?
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I have a 72 ounce bag of chocolate chips in the freezer at all times.
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And sprinkled them on  top of the batter.Nikon 970
Bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean. Nikon 971
While the cake is baking start on the icing.
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This is a dairy farmer?s dream. Butter, milk, and cocoa. Add a pound of powdered sugar once the butter is melted. Mix until blended.
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Go ahead take a lick:) It is worth it.
Imagine a picture of the bars with icing here. Someone forgot to take a picture. And of course they were devoured at the party.

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