Ok, my last post , about how the death of a loved one is inspiring me to LIVE, was a tad on the deep contemplation side. Nothing wrong with deep contemplation…. I do it often. But today??? I just can’t. You with me? Some days are contemplating kinds of days and other days…. Well they are Chocolate kinds of days!
What better way to lighten things up than with Chocolate Cake!! This recipe has been a hit for me ever since I started making it way back in 2009 (??). I’m NOT a food blogger so I don’t have fancy pictures to go along with this post. The only picture I have of this cake is from last month when I took it to a community event and I added a little *Christmas Flair* by topping it with crushed candy canes! So pictured is my *Christmas* version.
But seriously…. EVERYONE that eats this cake has LOVED it. My oldest son sees no need for any other dessert. This one is his ONLY request. I have made it more times than I can count. It always is easy to prepare and turns out great!
Before I share the recipe I have to address the *secret* ingredient. A few years back my trusty kitchen side kick… also known as Nate, my youngest child… wanted to help me prepare this cake. I told him, in my most absolute serious voice, that the ONLY way I could let him help me is IF he PROMISED to not tell anyone what my secret ingredient is. His eyes got big and his face and voice matched the seriousness in mine. “Yes, mom, I will. I won’t tell anyone!” So on that momentous day Nate and I whipped up my famous Chocolate sheet cake and we held our secret ingredient tightly behind closed lips!
Fast forward a year or so later and Nate is at my sister’s house. Nate wandered into the kitchen and wonders if he can help her cook. “Sure you can!” was her reply. “I’m making your mom’s chocolate sheet cake.” Eyes get big as he scans the counter looking at the ingredients she has set out. Sure enough, he spied the secret ingredient ready and waiting. He turned to her and whispered very shocked “She told you?? YOU know the secret ingredient??”. With a BIG smile my sister leaned in and confirmed I had indeed let her in on the magically ingredient. “Your mom and I are best friends, we tell each other things.” She reassured him that the secret was safe with her. So the two of them joined together and whipped up the Chocolate Cake knowing that they shared a very special secret.
So how can I share this with YOU all?? Well, just know it is a very special recipe! YOU will get rave reviews and you will love how easy it is… and since I like to be nice and share…. I’ll let you in on it. Just have fun with it!!
The FUDGE FROSTING recipe is at the bottom of the cake directions. Click on the print Icon and it will expand for you to see it all.
EASY, yummy, CHOCOLATE FUDGE SHEET CAKE with a *secret* ingredient
An easy to prepare chocolate sheet cake that will get you rave reviews every time!
pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a sheet cake pan
In a large mixing bowl combine the first 5 ingredients (the dry ones)
In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining 5 ingredients (the wet ones).
Pour the liquid mixture together with the dry ingredients and stir until completely mixed. Pour into the prepared sheet cake pan.
Frost with chocolate frosting (recipe below)
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Frost with chocolate frosting (recipe below) (pour hot frosting on the warm cake)
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cups milk or cream
3 1/2 - 4 cups powdered sugar
In a sauce pan combine butter, milk and cocoa powder. stir and cook until butter is melted. Remove from heat and whip in powdered sugar. Pour hot frosting on warm cake.