Friday, July 11, 2008

Different Take on the "Grace" Cake


Recently my SIL made a White Texas Sheet cake that the whole family gobbled right up. It's really just the Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake that the RevGals know and love as the "Grace" Cake--but without the chocolate.

I whipped it up this morning because I'm expecting a bit of company over the weekend. It's delicious and seems more summery than the original version. I've seen some recipes for this that include pineapple--but I prefer my pineapple fresh not baked in a cake. Here's the recipe:

WHITE TEXAS SHEET CAKE

1 cup butter
1 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup chopped nuts-- I used slivered almonds and toasted them first!

In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup butter or margarine and water to a boil. Remove from heat, and stir in flour, sugar, eggs, sour cream, 1 teaspoon almond extract, and baking soda until smooth. Pour batter into a greased 10 x 15 x 1 inch baking pan.

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 to 22 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and tests done. Cool for 20 minutes.

Combine 1/2 cup butter or margarine and milk in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

Mix in sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Spread frosting over warm cake. Sprinkle nuts on top.

Makes 1 - 10 x 15 x 1 inch sheet cake that serves a big crowd!

12 comments:

Mac said...

Not fair. As my second grade teacher taught us, if you can't bring enough for everyone, don't tempt uthe few that are left out. 8>)

And on a weekend, its lo-cal, right?

Rev Kim said...

The Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake is a standard in my family for birthdays and other celebrations. Can't wait to try this version!

Presbyterian Gal said...

Plus, Mac, not only lo cal, because it uses almonds it is calcium rich, right QG?

Quotidian Grace said...

Mac,

My father always said that calories eaten in the kitchen when no one was watching don't count! So yes, it's lo-cal.

Jan said...

This looks so good. No wonder Missy commented at my blog that there were too much food around the blogs!

Songbird said...

I don't know, QG. Am I allowed to be a chocolate traditionalist when I made my first Texas Sheet Cake only three years ago? Funnily, it was this very weekend, or at least it was this weekend in the lectionary!

Quotidian Grace said...

Ah, the irony, Songbird--in matters of the Texas Chocolate Sheetcake you are the traditionalist and I am the progressive :-)

Reformed Catholic said...

Why did I start the Nutrasystems diet this week (sigh).

St. Casserole said...

Can't wait to try this~ We love the GRACE cake here at Casa Casserole.

Presbyterian Gal said...

P.S. I have given you an award at my place.

Even before tasting the cake!

ElastiGirl said...

thanks for the recipe - my mom renamed the original from Texas Sheet Cake to Funeral Cake b/c it seemed that was always what she took to funeral receptions (although we had it lots of other time at home) - I look forward to trying a non-chocolate version!

lorna (see throughfaith) said...

yummy looking :)