Nearly every birthday my children had, especially as they grew older, they would request that their Great Aunt June Lamme would make them a chocolate Texas Sheet Cake. Yummy! I made it for the boys’ October birthdays this year (2019) for a small gathering at our traditional weiner roast birthday celebration.
Grandma’s Texas Sheet Cake
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1 cup water
1/4 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb of soda)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk*
1 teaspoon vanilla
Bring to boil: butter, water, and cocoa. Sift flour, sugar, soda, salt into a mixing bowl. Pour in boiled mixture and mix. Then add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Pour batter into a buttered 15″ x 12″ pan. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 18-20 minutes.
*i rarely have buttermilk on hand, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to 1/2 cup milk and stir – wait 10 minutes and voila! buttermilk. OR i mix 1 tablespoon dried powdered buttermilk to 1/2 cup water.
1 1/2 cup sugar
6 tablespoons milk
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or 3 tablespoons cocoa)
Boil together all ingredients until soft boil stage, beat until cool. Frost cake.
Now, this recipe assumes you’ve cooked a bit, so be sure and stir often ingredients on the stove and don’t use high heat. Also, you may need to let the icing or the cake cool a bit before spreading the frosting or it could melt and slide off.
I rarely make or using icing anymore – we simply don’t need the extra calories and this cake is rich enough to go without. Dust a bit of powdered sugar on top and/or serve with ice cream or any favorite topping.
As soon as my little jar of clay mask is empty, I make a new batch. There is a bit of planning on this because, being a bit on the weird side, i like to use only rain water to mix in with the clay harvested from the earth.
The clay in this mix is from the North Central Plains (or Visitors maps calls Panhandle Plains) area of Texas, near Olney. To be precise, in the rocky paddock in front of the home of my rancher friends who live there. Early this spring, i made a road trip to go visit and amongst many activities, their children and i collected a couple gallons of good ‘ole Texas clay. (Our Missouri clay works great as well – it’s just red)
“Unsuccessful people make decisions based on current situations. Successful people make decisions based on where they want to be.” ~ Benjamin Hardy
This kind of goes along with ‘don’t go to the grocery store when you are hungry’.
The weather has been so dismally cold, windy, frozen, snowy, icy, miserable here in north Missouri, i decided to head south a bit to seek sun and warmer temps under the guise of looking for new land for me cows. Sadly, i seemed to drag the cold weather around with me, although one day was warm enough for 3 hours of saddle time on a good mount with great friends. A little hiking and exploring, but by and large it was too cold. One cold afternoon in Eureka Springs, i managed 2 miles in this cute, but busy town, followed by expert mani/pedi before heading north to Ozark, MO.
Although, paradise wasn’t found anywhere on my 2 1/2 week sojourn, my time was better spent visiting and catching up with friends and family. It was a wonderful time to observe, think, share, reflect, and be lifted in spirit.