I’m sure you’ve heard of “Texas Sheet Cake” before, and it is likely one of those nostalgic desserts you grew up eating. What I don’t understand is how on Earth people gave this sheet-cake-frosted-bars-delightfulness the boot, as it is rare to see on a gathering spread anymore.
Adding a pinch of cinnamon to the batter of this sheet cake changes the flavors up just a bit. Spice is something that you rarely find in a chocolate cake batter, but for me in this case is a welcome addition. One thing that distinguishes a great chocolate cake recipe from an average one is…
Iowans are Lucky. Our local AE Buttermilk, gives us an unfair advantage. As proven in my trip to California last year (when I had to use the supplied buttermilk for a cooking contest) I had no idea how the texture of buttermilk could vary. The buttermilk I was supplied didn’t hold a candle to the AE Buttermilk I was used to using at home. It was thinner, not thick and voluptuous like I was used to practicing with my recipe up to that point, because I had never known any other buttermilk than that of AE Dairy. I never take for granted a good ingredient, especially a local ingredient that is sourced in my home state and processed within 10 miles of my house.
The AE Buttermilk in this brownie/cake recipe works in two different ways: the acidity in the cocoa interacts and tenderizes this simple cake with no hassle and gives the leavening power of the baking soda a significant boost. Win-win.
Do you like fudgy brownies? Frosted brownies? Cake-like brownies? I’ve always preferred cake-like brownies with a softer flavor, not too cocoa-y. The AE Buttermilk in the batter does provide a nice richness but also balances out some of the sweetness as well. The frosting is great too, the texture is spot on and holds up really well if you are at a picnic or encountering warm weather. Here’s a trick: If you spread the icing on warm, it is smooth and glossy. I like to wait until it cools just a bit, then you get a totally different texture. You can also mix it up a bit and use AE Half and Half instead of AE Whole Milk in the frosting. With half and half, the texture of the frosting is richer and more flexible because of the additional fat.
I love to garnish this treat with some sweet little sugar crystals. We plan to make this special cake for a friend over the weekend. Check out the notes section for more variations on pan sizes. And, because I wanted to commemorate my love of BUTTERMILK… here’s a picture of the pig I wanted to name “Buttermilk”. I thought it was the perfect name, until I was informed that her name was “Curly” because of her tail. I never win the name-game! For now… she’ll be “Curly Buttermilk”. (Just don’t tell my daughter.)
Also, I want to note for full disclosure purposes that this was the only photo in the highlight reel that turned out because about 2 seconds after I snapped this picture ‘Curly Buttermilk’ sprung up off of her four cloven hooves and took off on a tear all throughout the yard, nearly taking my son down with her. Now you understand why Mama had to come inside and bake a little to calm my nerves! Just so you know, when you zig… a pig won’t zag. They aren’t that bright. Here she goes…
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AE Dairy via RhythmOne. The opinions and text are all mine.