We threw a family birthday party for my two oldest boys a few weeks ago and I wanted to make a cake that would feed a crowd, was easy to make and was most importantly delicious. While I've made sheet cakes in the past, I've never made a traditional chocolate one and wanted to try it out.
The party was dinosaur-themed because both my boys are obsessed right now and this is about as crazy as I get with cake decorating. At least they thought it was awesome. ;)
Anyway, this cake was so incredibly moist, rich, decadent and so easy to make. And it was perfect served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Chocolate Sheet Cake
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. cocoa
2 sticks salted butter
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 whole beaten eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 18x13-inch cookie sheet and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add cocoa and stir together. Add boiling water and allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture and stir lightly to cool.
4. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, beaten eggs, baking soda and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into cocoa/flour mixture until thoroughly combined.
5. Pour into cookie sheet and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 Tbsp. cocoa
6 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1. While the cake is baking, make the icing. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together until combined and pour over warm cake.
2. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream if desired.