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Archive for July 7th, 2010

Texas Sheet Cake

I was informed by a friend & fellow pastor’s wife on Facebook that today is National Chocolate Day…what better way to celebrate this wonderful holiday than with a moist delicious chocolatey….easy…cake!  Topped off with a homemade warm frosting and you’ll be begging for a glass of cold milk to go with it!

Texas Sheet Cake

  • 2 c flour
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 c water
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c oil
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Frosting:

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  In your mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar.  In a medium saucepan, combine water, butter, oil, and cocoa powder.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and then remove from heat.  Pour into flour mixture and beat well.  Add buttermilk and combine well again.  Lastly, add eggs, baking soda, and vanilla.  Beat one more time, scraping down sides of bowl to make sure everything get incorporated.  Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Frosting: While cake is in the oven, wash your saucepan (or get out a new one) and add butter, milk and cocoa.  Bring to a slight boil over medium heat.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Stir in powdered sugar and mix well until there are no lumps of powdered sugar left.  If you are adding, pecans, do that now.  Pour warm frosting over warm cake.

He was trying to wait patiently 😀  You can see that I only added pecans to part of the cake…  My kids don’t like crunchy stuff in or on their cake…lol

This piece is a mess….but still yummy!

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Feta Pasta Salad

Here’s the other side dish I took to my sister’s.  It was very yummy, too!

Feta Pasta Salad

  • cooked pasta
  • 1 bottle of Kraft Tuscan House Italian dressing (not Zesty Italian)
  • 4 oz container crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 2.25 oz can sliced black olives

Make sure pasta is rinsed in cool water.  Place in large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir well and refrigerate until ready to serve.  This is another one of those that gets better the longer it marinates. 😀

And here’s a couple of pics from the birthday bash:

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