Josh Play Recipes dessert Chocolate Sheet Cake

Originally appeared in Cooks Digest, Jan/Feb 2001



  1. Put a rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  3. Grease a 9x13-inch cake pan with 1 Tbsp butter.
  4. In the microwave, heat the chocolate and 12 Tbsp butter for 2 minutes at 50% power. Stir until smooth. (Use more time and heat if necessary, but be careful not to burn the chocolate.)
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
  6. Add the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and whisk until combined.
  7. Add the baking soda to the buttermilk. Whisk that into the chocolate/egg mixture.
  8. Whisk in the sifted dry ingredients (cocoa, flour, and salt) and whisk until the batter is smooth and glossy.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and dry.
  10. Cool at least one hour, or pig out and burn your face.

Serving suggestions

Serve frosted (I'm partial to chocolate frosting), with vanilla ice cream, and if you want to go truly decadent use chocolate fudge icing, garnished with mini chocolate chips, and on a bed of raspberry sauce.

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