Since I’ve been blogging, I have frequently heard about The Pioneer Woman…The Pioneer Woman this, The Pioneer Woman that. What was the big deal? Well it is easy to think that when one hasn’t been to her site much, and hasn’t tried her recipes.
I got a wild hair a few days ago and decided to make one of her cakes. The Pioneer Woman – The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. It wasn’t a real surprise, actually, I had seen a few other blogs referring to it and I was having vivid dreams about it. Mouthwatering, rich, chocolately cake.
After going to her site to retrieve the recipe, I ended up poking around only to find even more recipes that I’m sure I will dream about in technicolor. As I am on her site now, I am drooling over a Red Velvet Sheet Cake. Stop the insanity! And I have a question – how on earth does she stay so thin?
Okay – back to my cake. I’ll bet you thought I forgot!
I pulled out all of the ingredients for the recipe and started right in. I have never made a cake before where you mix the ingredients on the stove. That was definitely new to me.
I blended the first set of ingredients for the cake:
Then added the gooey chocolate mixture into the dry ingredients:
and I mixed:
tasted mixed some more until it was well-blended:
I poured the batter in the jelly roll pan, spread it out evenly, and threw her in the oven to bake.
Next up was the frosting! Again, this frosting was made on the stove, and is more of a thick glaze/ganache. Whatever it is, it is dreamy. What I really wanted to do was pour some of it into a big mug and drink it, but I resisted the urge. Instead I poured it on top of the cake and waited. Waited for it to harden a little. My son and his friend were watching the whole thing, utterly fascinated. I had to bat them away too, so the cake could finish doing it’s thing.
Are you still with me? Or did you already head over to Ree’s site to grab the list of ingredients? Are you at the grocery store?
The cake (just as I had imagined) was spectacular. I wondered if the cake itself might be a little dry or hard since it was so thin. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was one of the moistest cakes I have ever eaten. When I ate the frosting, I swear, there was a party in my mouth. Seriously. This is the best cake that I have ever eaten. Hands down. My family agrees, and has been begging for me to make it again (which I will be, as while writing this post, my mouth is watering).
Okay, so I *guess* I see what all the fuss is about The Pioneer Woman. She really is something else. I was so impressed with how easy this recipe (and all of her recipes) was to follow. I want, need and must have her cookbooks. Andddddd – she has a TV show! I have it set up to record (I can’t remember the exact date – but it is soon!).
I am proud to say that I am now a fan of The Pioneer Woman, and I will be stalking/visiting her site on a regular basis. Thanks Ree!