Monday, August 31, 2009

Let Them Eat Cake -Texas Sheet Cake


(Photo courtesy of Cathy Dean)

We just came off the terrific Beth Moore simulcast. Beth talked about 'The Desires of Our Heart' from Psalm 37. Desires not being Chocolate cake! But she talked about how much her Grandchild loves her chocolate cake which she is known for within her family. Apparently Texas Sheet Cake is well known in Texas, (Duh!) it is well known to my friend, Debbie Ruehlman, who was up early Saturday morning of the 2nd day of the retreat and whipped up a recipe of it. Debbie was kind enough to share the cake, but also this recipe with her notes in parenthesis!

I regret not getting a photo of the cake before it was devoured, so instead the above is a photo of (most) of my great Team who worked tirelessly to make the event a terrific success at AHUMC. It also went on at 515 other churches in 46 states and in 7 countries! 95,000 women participated in the simulcast in addition to those present at the Live event in Green Bay, WI!

Beth's Texas Sheet Cake (from Beth Moore's internet blog)

Here's the recipe from the simulcast, and also my notes for the cake I brought on Saturday. I've had this recipe since the 1970's, given to me by my best friend's mother, Anna Mae Paul.

Texas Sheet Cake

Grease a 9 x 13 sheet cake pan. (My recipe calls for a jelly roll pan, basically a cookie sheet with sides. More people can sample it too.)

Sift: (I didn't bother to sift)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar

Bring to a boil:
2 sticks butter (real butter please, not margarine)
1 cup water
4 tbsp. cocoa

Pour over dry mixture and mix in: (I did the opposite, added the dry ingred. to the pan of boiled stuff. I don’t like to wash messy pans and one was enough.)
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk (who has buttermilk around at 6:30 am?!?! The substitute is 1 Tb vinegar per 1 cup milk)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon (my recipe omits this, but I've had it both ways.)
1 tsp. vanilla (or more, you can never have too much vanilla)

Bake at 400 degrees, 20-25 minutes. (for jelly roll pan, 350 degrees for 20 minutes or less, watch it.)

Make the Icing while the cake bakes.
Icing
Heat: (bring this all to a boil and take off the heat, then add the pwd. sugar)
1 stick butter
4 tbsp. cocoa
6 tbsp. milk

Add anywhere from 1/2 to 1 box of powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency (Beth prefers close to 1 box) (I used 4 cups which is a normal box)

and 1 cup pecans. (all I had were almonds, also good with walnuts. Throw a little coconut in there and it’s heavenly!)

Spread on cake while it's hot.

Debra Chisolm Ruehlman

Since a few of the team were missing in that top photo they are included in this other photo of my Hospitality team below:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Coneflowers

I haven't posted in a while so here is just something for fun.

This is a photo of my new favorite flower. I didn't even know what these were. My sister Sue tells me they are 'Coneflowers.' Now I see them everywhere I turn. I took this photo with my CELL PHONE one day while Dick and I were out on our walk.

This photo has not been edited, except I cropped it slightly. I haven't even adjusted for brightness. I think that's pretty good. I love this pic, so much it's my computer background right now as well as my cell phone screen background....



You may enlarge it by clicking on it. You can make it your desktop by right clicking on it and selecting 'save photo as' or 'set as background.' That's if you have a PC. If you have a MAC, I'm sure you know how to save a photo on a MAC.

I give permission to use my photos for your personal pleasure and enjoyment and any NON-commercial use. Not to be used in any publication. Thanks. BLE

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