Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Texas Cowboy Cake


When my brother was little, he loved dressing up as a cowboy.  I can picture a photo of him in his chaps, boots, vest and hat.  He wore these all the time until they literally did not fit anymore.  One year he had a cowboy themed birthday party.  My mom made this chocolate sheet cake and named it "Texas Cowboy Cake".  The name stuck and it became a family favorite.  My own family loves this cake and recently my husband requested it for his birthday.  You'll need:

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 sticks of butter
4 Tbsp cocoa
1 cup water
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Frosting:
1 stick butter
4 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup milk
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 375°.  {Flour}  a large cookie sheet.
  Sift the flour and sugar in a large bowl and set aside.

 

In a sauce pan, melt your butter,  add the cocoa and water.  ( I use Hershey's unsweetened coca) Bring this to a boil. 



Pour this hot mixture over your flour and mix with a whisk. Add in the milk, eggs, vanilla and baking power and soda.  Mix until well blended.  

 

Pour the batter into your floured cookie sheet.


Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool.  For the frosting: in a large bowel or standing mixer bowl, put your 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar.  Meanwhile, heat the butter, cocoa and milk in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Pour this over the powdered sugar.  Use an electric hand mixer or the free standing mixer to blend until smooth.  Pour on your cake and spread around with a rubber spatula.  You want to work fast, before the frosting starts to cool.  


                           

After covered with frosting, sprinkle on your nuts right away before frosting starts to harden.  Use fresh walnuts or pecans.  This time I just put nuts on half. So everyone is happy ;)  The frosting is light and creamy, just enough for the chocolate cake. 


This is a great cake for any party, someones birthday or for little cowboys! 

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