texas sheet cake.

cake

2 sticks (226g) butter

2 cups (250g) ap flour

2 cups (400g) sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup (20g) unsweetened cocoa powder

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup (118ml) buttermilk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

icing

6 tbsp (85g) butter

3 tbsp (15g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder

6 tbsp (88ml) heavy cream

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp (234g) powdered sugar, sifted

1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans (4 ounces)

cake

Oven 375 degrees F. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch cake pan. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low. Whisk in cocoa, then 1 cup water. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Pour over flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir in eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla.

Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with an offset spatula. Bake until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 22 to 24 minutes.

icing

In a small saucepan, bring butter, cocoa, and cream to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Let stand until warm before using.

Transfer cake in pan to a wire rack; let cool 15 minutes. Pour glaze over cake. Sprinkle with pecans and let cool before serving.

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