So, in honor of my photo/sentiments yesterday and out of a need for something sweet in the house, I’ve decided to make cake. Chocolate sheet cake.
There is nothing fancy or majestic about this cake…it’s just pure, simple joy.
I found the recipe from one of my latest favorite finds, The Pioneer Woman, who has a very popular blog and cookbook. I loaned the cookbook from my library system (I was one of dozens of holds on about 8 copies, it’s that popular!). The cookbook reads like a story, not just your typical cookbook, and is chock full of pictures of her life and family on their Oklahoma ranch. She is extremely witty and she originally had plans to be a city girl, moving from LA to Chicago when she met her rancher husband and the rest, as they say, is history.
This cookbook has a ton of stick-to-your-bones recipes and, as she calls them, cowboy tested and approved. Not for the vegetarians, sorry (though ironically, she used to be one!). Her ingredients are full of butter, buttermilk and no-fuss ingredients. Down home goodness.
Anyways, here’s the recipe for her cake which she graciously offers on her site (please note she provides step-by-step pics which can really be helpful for novice bakers or for those that need clarification…scroll all the way down to get the printable recipe). Check out her entire recipe collection…this woman is talented!
Here’s her website (she has sections on cooking, photography, life, etc.). She’s a rising star, she has another book coming out in Feb. and there are talks about a movie being made about her life. Certainly one to watch and so fun to read; I get excited each time I get a new blog post in my inbox.
I made mine into cupcakes since my sheet pan was in use; here’s the plight of high-altitude baking…everything pits! But in cupcake form, I like to think of them as “frosting reservoirs” ;)
My default setting is chocolate…always. Though I do like other flavors, nothing tickles my fancy (or makes my skirt fly up as Pioneer Woman would say) quite like chocolate. What’s your favorite kind of cake?
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