“Dad is great. Gives us the chocolate cake.” According to our childhood favorite, Bill Cosby, its got eggs, its got milk, its a well rounded breakfast. Right? We know better than that, but serve it on top of a well rounded special plate and you’ve got a treat that goes straight to the heart of your stomach. Here, we share the way to the homemade chocolate cake goodness we have been having for years. Everyone loves them a Texas Sheet Cake. The 1886 Texas Sheet Cake recipe comes from our loving Hancock family and their beloved Meme. The woman could put on a spread!

While it’s doubtful Meme ever plays a little MJ while beating, or rather slightly beating eggs, we demonstrate that a test kitchen should know no boundaries. Cooking is fun. You wanna be tough. Better do what you can. Just beat it.  WARNING: Dumb video ahead with really bad lighting.

Nothing wrong with busting something like that out. You, too , can learn these fancy moves in the privacy of your own home via this you tube tutorial. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to show off at your next party or potluck where you not only arrive with a chocolate cake but also a smooth dance. For now, let us cook.

For the cake you’ll need
1 cup of butter (we use salted)
4 T cocoa powder (not hot cocoa….pay attention…don’t be like us)
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 t vanilla

Boil together butter, cocoa and water.

We do not recommend tasting this mixture…There is no sweetness to it at this point…It is not wonderful yet

Sift together dry ingredients. Pour boiling mixture over dry ingredients, beating constantly.

Stir in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla; mix well.

Pour into greased and floured (or Baker’s Joy’d) 9×13 pan. Bake 25-30 minutes on 375. (Optional: Pour into greased and floured cookie sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes on 350.)

For the icing you’ll need
1/2 c of butter
4 T cocoa powder
6 T milk
1 box (16 oz) of powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c chopped pecans (this is so optional…we are not “nuts in our cake” people so we opt out every time.)

Boil together butter, cocoa and milk. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar, vanilla, and pecans (if you are a “pecan in a cake” person which, as previously stated, we are not).

Beat until thick and then spread over hot cake. (Tip: if you use a fork to poke holes in the cake prior to icing, the icing will go all through the cake resulting in chocolate blissfulness)

Now this is the part where you lick the icing bowl.

Serve with a pretty fork you bought a set of off etsy….and don’t forget your special plate if its someone’s special day!!

Thanks Meme!! Call your grandma or your best friends grandma or the sweet lady across the street and tell her you love her…She can probably teach you something…She may even have her own cookbook.