Satisfy-a-crowd kind of dessert

This is a fantastic recipe from the Pioneer Woman which is definitely a keeper and will be my go to dessert recipe to feed a crowd. Why a crowd? It’s a sheet cake of course that’s why. But this recipe not only packs quantity but delivers on quality as well.

Chocolate sheet cake

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s not only easy but I can get all the ingredients from one grocery store! Yay!! Basically a miracle here in Trinidad. There is one ingredient that usually is a little iffy. That darned “exotic” buttermilk!! They actually had it at the grocery store this time. I was so excited to see it on the shelf I almost bought them all. There’s always another option if you can’t get your hands on some. This is an easy way to just make some in minutes. Homemade buttermilk This really comes in handy especially when I want to whip up some buttermilk pancakes on the fly providing you have milk and lemon juice or vinegar.

Did I say that this recipe is super easy? I can’t appreciate this enough. Quick and easy to make the batter, 20 minutes in the oven, make the frosting while the cake is in the oven and poor it over right out of the oven. It can’t get easier than that unless you want prepackaged cake mixes. While I don’t judge if you like that sort of thing but that’s not usually for me. So it’s nice to find a recipe that is basic, simple, delicious and from scratch.

It’s rich without being too decadent, light, kind of fudgey, kind of reminiscent of a pudding cause of the slight stickiness of it and completely irresistible!!

Speaking of delicious. Let me tell you a little about the taste of this cake. A cross between a cake and a brownie was what many said about it when it was served. It’s rich without being too decadent, light, kind of fudgey, kind of reminiscent of a pudding because of the slight stickiness of it and completely irresistible!! Hope you enjoy and definitely take a fork to it as soon as your finished icing it!! Let me know how yours turned out.


For the cake

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

For frosting

  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 1-3/4 stick Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 6 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 pound (minus 1/2 Cup) Powdered Sugar


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together.
  3. Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.
  4. In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.
  5. While cake is baking, make the icing. Chop pecans finely. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together. Add the pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.
  6. Cut into squares, eat

Original recipe from The Pioneer Woman