Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Thank you for all your birthday wishes yesterday!

It was a great day. Spent the morning watching Allie-15 play tennis. I would have a picture, but I forgot my camera. Instead of taking a picture of the winners with my phone, Ruthie-5 decided she wanted most to remember that we were all well-hydrated.
Ginger only had one potty accident, so Dennis and I are on speaking terms again.

My family knows me well, so my Big Gift was a live oak tree for my front yard, and a compost bin for my garden. We had to leave our old one and its graffiti behind, but I'm sure we'll make new memories with our carrot peelings and eggshells here.

It's good to have a birthday because it's about the only time I get a pic with my honey, even though I'd been working in the yard up until the moment we had our party. I guess that's the way my kids will remember me, with dirt on my jeans and no makeup (I did manage the lipstick), so why not put it in a photo for posterity. (And I found out today I get the braces off June 3!! WOO HOO!!)

Dennis and Neal-14 made Texas Chocolate Sheetcake (oh, to have been a fly on the wall during that endeavor!), and the little girls did a little routine to several High School Musical songs for our after-party entertainment ("Okay, just one more song, then we're done, right?"). Oh, how I love these days!

Since I knew you'd want it, here's my favorite chocolate sheet cake recipe. Can anything be bad with Eagle Brand?

1 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (I always use a bit more, just because)
1 cup water
2 cups unsifted flour
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk (divided)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350*. In a small saucepan, melt 1 cup butter, stir in cocoa, then water. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. In large mixer bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add cocoa mixture, beat well. Stir in 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, eggs and vanilla. Pour into greased 15x10" jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides).

Bake 15 minutes or until top springs back.


1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa
Remaining Eagle Brand from can above
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

In large saucepan, melt butter; stir in cocoa and remaining Eagle Brand. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and nuts. Spread on warm cake.


Maureen said...
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Maureen said...

Happy Birthday! I didn't know. Sounds like you had a great day, which you so deserve. I love the pic of you and your man. I only wish I look as good as you do when I am working in the yard :)


Wild Squirrel said...

Happy birthday!

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

Love, love Texas Sheet Cake - I think we're having it for Easter this year. :) And, a belated Happy Birthday!

Lori said...

Happy Birthday girl, you look beautiful. Texas sheet cake is to die for. I use to desire it monthly (if you know what I mean, ha!). Hope you were spoiled rotten. Hugs.

Kellyanne said...

Inquiring minds want to know...Where did you get the original compost bin and how does it work? I am starting a veggie garden this spring and would love to compost, but my hubby has some reservations (the smell, bugs, critters..) It sounds like we are kindred spirits with the love of all things landscape!

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Hi Kellyanne,

Dennis got this compost bin at Home Depot for $40, but you can make them yourself, if you are handy, for cheap (just search the internet for plans). I didn't even have a bin here, but just started a "pile," which works, too, but it's just unsightly. I just had it in the corner of my garden, so two sides were mesh fencing, and it worked.

Compost bins do not smell because you don't put any animal products like meat scraps (you can put eggshells, though). They generate heat during the breaking down process, and it literally "cooks" itself. It is amazing when you scoop awesome dirt from the bottom every few months!!

Each time I add new scraps, I cover them with a little soil or leaves, etc. from the bottom of the pile, and that keeps bugs to a minimum, although some are to be expected, and actually help in the breakdown process. Never had a problem with critters with a closed bin. HTH!

Laurel said...

We happen to have a birthday boy today ... and I think I'll try this new cake. Sounds yummy!!!

mama of 13

Amy said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now and wanted to thank you for being faithful to the Word of God and serving your husband and children. I'm a young mom of two (so far) 15 months apart and I love reading about your family and your prayers for them. Seems like I'm reading my own thoughts at times. We are in the process of leaving the country to serve the Lord overseas. I too am a Texas girl, and too love chocolate sheet cake and my mom makes it for my birthday every year! It is the absolute best. Just wanted to leave a quick thank you!

Laurel said...

We made the cake for our birthday boy and .... YUMMMM!!! It was a HIT!!!

Thanks for the recipe.