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texas sheet cake - best version?

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do you know the right size pan to use for this, and what's a good chocolatey recipe. the pioneer woman's looks good but am concerned that it should have more cocoa in it, the sponge looks a bit pale.

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  1. I don't think of Texas sheet cake as a heavily chocolate-y cake. I like the version from the Washington Post but, again, it's pale. I use strong coffee instead of water and it makes a big difference.

    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/re...

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    1. re: chowser

      Just had to speak up as a True Blue Texan...no self respecting Texas Sheet Cake would ever be pale!!! Most are made with buttermilk, some with cinnamon and all are chocolately. The only ones that I've even eaten were also baked in a 9x13 inch pan and they were thicker than the ones I keep seeing that are made in deep jelly roll pans or the like; that are only 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. People have expanded on the recipe to include Coke or Dr Pepper and onto the old stand-by, coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor. Sorry I don't have a recipe to post but wanted to clear up making a "pale" chocolate cake. No way.

    2. Cooks Country...

      1. I made the Texas Sheet Cake V from all recipes and upped the cocoa in the cake and the icing, and added a little dark chocolate to the icing too. It was very good. The icing needed salt also to give a fudgier flavour. Very good tho. Will try to bake in the correct size pan next time to give a slightly thinner cake. Looking forward to a piece after dinner tonight!

        1. This is the one I make and get rave reviews.

          http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

          I cut the recipe in half as it makes a lot.

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          1. re: JerryMe

            Ditto The Pioneer Woman recipe - never a crumb left, and it's rich and chocolately, and comes together really quickly.