Texas sheet cake is by far my family's favorite chocolate cake. I bet I make it three or four time a year, maybe more. Birthdays, potlucks, father's day...list goes on and on.
It's not really that hard to make and it's so delicious. Everyone always wants to take some home with them.

Grease and flour a jelly roll pan. Mine is about 10 x 15 in size.

Mix together 2 cups of flour and 2 cups sugar in large bowl and set aside.

In a sauce pan bring to boil 2 sticks butter or margarine, 1 cup water and 4 tablespoons cocoa.
Mix well.

Pour cocoa, water, butter mixture into the four and mix. Then add 1/2 cup buttermilk, 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon soda. Mix well.

Pour into greased and floured jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Frost the cake while it is still warm! Frosting recipe to follow.

List of ingredients for the cake:

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar

2 sticks butter
1 cup water
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 beaten eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 teaspoon baking soda 

Texas Sheet Cake Frosting

4 tablespoons cocoa
1 stick butter
6 tablespoons milk
1 box of powdered sugar
Nuts optional

In sauce pan bring the cocoa, butter and milk to a boil. Lower the heat or take pan off stove as you slowly add the whole box of powdered sugar a little at a time. Mix well as you go along to really blend in the sugar. Pour warm frosting over the warm cake which is still in the pan. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top if you like nuts. 

Sometimes I poke holes in the cake with a toothpick before I pour the frosting on the cake. 
Frosting will spread to the edges, but that is ok because as it cools it thickens into a yummy goodness.

And then of course lick the frosting pan clean.

In photo there are few powdered sugar lumps but those usually just blend into the frosting. If you don't get all the powdered sugar lumps out hide with nuts....lol!

Hand-Painted Wearable Art Aprons By Charlotte's Collection

Busy as can be this summer making these aprons for my Etsy shop.
I think the blue one with the birds is so cute.
It goes with the bird banner and pillow I made earlier.

The Eiffel tower apron is for all you who love anything Paris!

But anywhoooo please check them out over in my shop.

Click the links for a quick visit.



Hand Painted Bird Banner And Pillow

Lately I've been in the mood to garden and hang outside. I'm thinking our weather might have a bit to do with that. We have had a lot of rain this spring therefore the weather has been so unseasonably cool for Texas.
I'm kinda going crazy decorating my deck, but that's ok...I love it.
My little brain told me I needed lots and lots of pillows to sit out on the patio furniture. Then my little brain told me that I needed to hand paint some of my own. So I went to the fabric store where I get the stuff for my hand painted wearable art aprons and bought some indoor/outdoor fabric.  Well that indoor/outdoor fabric is not as easy to paint on as the stuff I use for my aprons, but I persevered. Then my brain said to make a bird banner....why??? because....I'm on some kind of bird kick.  Thought it would be cute to have a bunch of birds hanging out on the deck. The banner with birds reminds me of birds on a wire. At least these don't leave a mess. But wait I did not stop with a pillow and a couple of banners. Now I'm making a hand painted bird apron as well.  But it's not finished yet.  I'll post that one at another time.
The bird banner is for sale in my Etsy shop because I made two. One to keep for me and one for the shop. Sorry the pillow is not for sale. It looks too pretty on my deck and I am only making one more pillow for my daughter.
The weather is getting hot again! So glad I was able to enjoy the cool spring. Summer is almost here.