Old Southern Chocolate Pecan Sheet Cake3 Reviews
- Prep: 30 min
- Cook: 25 min
- Ready In: 55 min
“I received this recipe from an old Southern cook, a copy of a copy of a typed-up sheet from long ago, annotated with her notes (which included the word oleo instead of margarine). I've never seen another chocolate cake recipe like it, which instructs the cook to heat part of the cake batter on the stove, and pour the cooked icing over a hot cake. The result is a wonderfully rich (yet surprisingly light) chocolate sheet cake topped with a cooked chocolate and pecan frosting. This cake has an incredible homemade taste, yet is foolproof! Will make you forget Duncan Hines®!” - by Leslie41
Original recipe yields 1 9x13-inch sheet cake
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch pan.
- Mix 2 cups white sugar, flour, and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Combine water, vegetable shortening, margarine, and 3 tablespoons cocoa powder in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Pour liquid into flour mixture and stir well. Return saucepan to stove and set it aside.
- Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk in a large liquid measuring cup and stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Pour egg mixture into cake batter and mix until fully combined. Transfer batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake the cake in preheated oven until cake springs back when touched lightly with a finger or a tester comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
- While cake is baking, prepare icing using reserved saucepan. Combine confectioners' sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, butter, milk, vanilla, and pecans in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Pour icing over hot cake immediately after it comes out of the oven. Allow cake to cool completely on a wire rack.
Amount Per Serving (24 total)
- 325 cal
- 15.9 g
- 45.1 g
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Reviews (3)Rate This Recipe
"I didn't change a single thing and it was fabulous! Light & fluffy texture, with dark DARK chocolatey goodness. Sooooo Yummmmy! I no longer shall rely on boxes. This was soooo easy and sooooo gooood!..." See more It was HUGE! It fluffed up way over the 9X13 pan! Marvelous! Didn't even wait til it was cool to dig in & cake stayed high and proud. This will be my new go-to favorite choc cake!"
"This is a fun recipe. The best part is pouring the chocolate pecan topping over the cake and watching it ooze into it. I used whole wheat flour and the cake itself was very heavy. Moist, but heavy...." See more Was it the flour? I do know that everyone liked the topping."
"I followed the direction to a tee also. We get together on Monday evenings with friends and play cards. We all take turns making some sort of snack/eats and a dessert. I brought this cake up for every..." See moreone to try and they Loved it. I also had my fair share. This cake will definitely take care of a sweet tooth! I am going to bake another for this Memorial weekend. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!! Glen."
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