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helen's chocolate walnut texas sheet cake

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Fran Miller
Parkersburg, WV

This cake came to more family picnics over the years than some members of the family! The recipe came from our dear family friend, Helen, written about when I posted her scrumptious "Helen's Cheesy Potatoes." Just 2 suggestions: (1) Assemble your ingredients before you start. Often, you can measure out the same ingredient for two different steps of the recipe, saving time. (2) Make sure you use a jelly roll pan (~17 x 12 x 1") for this cake, especially the 1" deep sides. I won't say how I know this... =^..^=

★★★★★ 2
serves 16-20 or more, depending on serving size
prep time 30 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For helen's chocolate walnut texas sheet cake

  • 2 stick
  • 1 c
  • 4 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 c
  • 2
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 stick
  • 4 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • some
    chopped walnuts, optional

How To Make helen's chocolate walnut texas sheet cake

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mist a jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • 2
    In a saucepan, bring to a boil the 2 sticks of margarine, water, and cocoa powder. Stir often. Remove from heat and allow to cool a little while you assemble the next set of cake ingredients.
  • 3
    In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, eggs, flour, sour cream, salt, baking soda, and vanilla. Gently blend with the mixer.
  • 4
    Then add the cocoa mixture and mix until well-blended.
  • 5
    Pour the batter into the prepared jelly roll pan, then bake for 17-25 minutes. Check early, testing with a toothpick in the center of the cake.
  • 6
    WHILE THE CAKE IS BAKING, MAKE THE GLAZE after washing the beaters to the mixer.
  • 7
    In a saucepan, bring to a boil the stick of margarine, milk, and cocoa powder, stirring often. Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar and vanilla to the saucepan. Beat with the mixer until well-blended.
  • 8
    Pour the glaze over the HOT FROM THE OVEN cake, spreading evenly.
  • 9
    Add walnuts, if desired, to the hot glazed cake. Cool on a baking rack until room temperature. Then stand back to avoid the stampede! =^..^=

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