Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Suit

In honor of my husband's 29th birthday I made him his favorite; chocolate on chocolate. Typically I would make him brownies, which tend to be his number one request, but I think his favorite brownies have quickly become a thing of the past ever since I sang him Happy Birthday over The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever. Thanks to The Pioneer Woman I was able to give Matt the perfect birthday present wrapped in a layer of chocolaty ridiculousness. Even if there's not a reason to celebrate, make this cake and it will give you a reason to.
This cake seriously (as the name states) is the best dang chocolate sheet cake you've ever had. It's rich and melts in your mouth. It's moist and smooth. It also goes perfect with a tall glass of cold milk, which I suggest you have on hand. It's also perfect for the Pennyless since it's made with practically all staples. It's also super healthy ( Yeah right! Bob and Jillian would not approve of this at all) and super easy, no really, it is! Well, it was super easy until I ended up making chocolate cupcakes first instead of the actual cake, and I had to strip down to my intimates in the middle of the kitchen (more on that later). No I wasn't making a video for my husbands birthday wearing only my birthday suit (I told you more on that later; get your head out of the gutter!).

Here's the chorus line.

Melt the butter.

Add the chocolatey goodness.

Mix real good.

Add the boiling water. Don't know why; you'll have to ask Ree.

Mix the dry ingredients.

Add the chocolate mixture to the dry and gently stir to cool.

Now it's time to mix the buttermilk.

Add your vanilla. Don't you dare use that yucky immitation stuff.

Add the baking soda.

Add the whisked eggs.

Mix well.

Add to bowl with batter mixture.

You only have to dirty up one mixing bowl!

Mix really well.

Grease your sheet with the wrapping from the butter.

This is definately the Pennyless way.

Add the yumminess to your greased baking sheet.

Just please don't let this happen to you!

You don't want to know what I said when that baking sheet dropped out of my hand, onto the floor, and all over the front of my clothes.

I had to completely strip down because of the mess that was made!

Mad does not begin to describe what I was feeling.

But then Simms and I decided to eat some of the batter and make cupcakes with what was left.

Yes, that smear on the floor that looks like it's from a finger; is exactly that! Judge me if you want, but I just really didn't care at that point to let Simms do just that. I know gross, but he thought it was awesome! And it made me laugh!

So I started feeling a little better, and that's when I decided to get out of my chocolate drenched clothes.

On a positive note: I did smell ever so good for the rest of the day.

So then it was time to put on some sweats and wipe the chocolate off my face to make the frosting!

Melt the butter. Yes, more butter, it will be okay it's a special occasion.

Add the chocolate.

Add all that sweet powdered sugar.

Mix well.

Add vanilla. Remember, the real stuff.

Add the milk.

Measure out your pecans.


Chop. Chop.

Stir in the nuts.

You're a nut.

No you are!


Let it boil for a few seconds.

Here's the cake round two!

Cooked at 350 degrees for only 2o minutes.

So easy. As long as you don't drop it all on the floor.

Pour on that delicious icing on the warm cake.

Pour over as evenly as possible and it will do most of the work itself.

Here's the happy mistake!

I cooked these for 25 minutes.

I used the leftover frosting.

Seriously The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever!

So good!

Take a bite and wash it down with a glass of ice cold milk.

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