Monday, April 23, 2007

Texas Sheet Cake


Texas Sheet Cake
cake:
2 cups gluten-free flour mix*
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 sticks margarine or butter
1/2 cup water
1 cup milk
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
frosting:
1 stick butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup milk
Heat oven to 350. In large bowl, mix together flour, xanthan gum, and sugar. In medium saucepan, melt 2 sticks butter and then add cocoa and water. Bring to boil and remove from heat. Pour chocolate mixture into flour mixture. Add milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.
Pour batter into greased jelly roll pan, 15 1/2 x 11 in size. Bake 20 minutes.
Meanwhile for frosting, melt 1 stick butter in medium saucepan. Add powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and milk. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Pour hot frosting over warm cake. Serve warm.
*Ahhhh...gluten free flours. If you don't already know, using a mixture of flours works best. The mixture I used for this recipe is 2 parts rice flour, 2/3 part potato starch flour, and 1/3 part cornstarch. After mixing these together, you then measure and use in place of wheat flour in your recipes. I find this particular flour mixture works well, and the flours are not too difficult to find in my area. I am not a huge fan of online shopping when it comes to food, as I don't like to wait, so if I can find it in a nearby store, then it's a winner in my book.
Potato starch flour is not the same thing as potato flour. You can find it in a health food store like Whole Foods or Sprouts. I found this mixture recipe in Bette Hagman's book, The Gluten-Free Gourmet.

8 comments:

Liz said...

oh I love the frosting! looks yummy. I was hoping for frosting on the brownies I am posting today...

Melony said...

The frosting is more of a glaze that soaks into the cake the longer it sits. I love it because it makes the cake gooey and moist. If you are looking for a firmer frosting, increase the powdered sugar to 4 cups.
Liz-I ate this for dinner last night, and breakfast this morning, and I'll probably have it for lunch, mmmmmmmm.

Liz said...

I never did the glaze for the lemon cake we talked about, but used regular vanilla frosting. Have you tried it?

Melony said...

I have, and it's good because it makes the cake very moist. I prefer regular frosting, I make a killer homemade lemon butter frosting that rocks on lemon cake. It's just a butter frosting and instead of milk, add lemon juice. Yum.

michelle said...

That looks like cake! Yum, have to try this with that flour mix. Love Betty hagman. Have you tried the garbanzo bean cake?

Melony said...

Is that the cake with the garbanzo beans that you put in a blender? I saw the picture but haven't tried it yet. Is it good?

Andrea said...

wow! what an awesome recipe! Much better than any other regular chocolate cake! thanks for sharing!!!

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