Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chocolate Cookie Sheet Cake - Vintage Recipe

My uncle gave me a vintage cookbook a while back called Virginia Hospitality.  It's a Junior League cookbook from the year I was born, 1975.  Recently I made this recipe called Chocolate Cookie Sheet Cake from the book - and it is amazing.  I modified it just slightly.  It is so good that I knew I had to share it with my readers (plus, my Mom was begging for the recipe - this way I am multitasking!).  You bake this cake right on a cookie sheet that has 1 inch raised sides (or, in my case, I used a sheet cake pan).

Ingredients for cake:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup shortening
4 tbsp. cocoa
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk (I used milk w/ vinegar)
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350*.  Grease and flour an 11x17 inch cookie sheet.  Sift together flour, sugar, salt; set aside.  In a saucepan, combine butter, water, shortening and cocoa and bring to a boil; pour over flour mixture.  Mix well.  In another bowl, beat eggs, add soda, buttermilk, and vanilla.  Stir well and add to first mixture.  Mix well.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Start icing during the last 5 minutes of baking.

Ingredients for icing:
1/2 cup butter
4 tbsp. cocoa
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
6 tbsp. buttermilk

In a saucepan, melt butter and cocoa, but DON'T BOIL.  Take from heat and add remaining ingredients.  Ice cake while hot.  Yield:  35 servings

It makes a lot, so this recipe is perfect for a bake sale or a potluck.  Or for a family filled with hungry little boys, like mine.  Enjoy it!

27 comments:

Rob-bear said...

I've never heard of baking a cake on a cookie sheet. Looks very tasty!

blessings and Bear hugs (and hopefully the Bear doesn't eat the whole thing).

Ercotravels said...

Well done, Lisa! seems yummy... thanks for sharing your experience.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

That looks simple and no strange chemicals from the box. It probably didn't last long.

Buttons said...

I have a feeling it did not last long:) Love these old recipes. 1975 wow I could be your Mom too:) Hug B

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

sounds similar to a recipe my mom makes ... & it is just heavenly to eat. yum!! ( :

Cat said...

I saw your big sheet cake pan. Is it 11 X 17? Where did you get it?? Could I use a recipe for a 3 layer cake and bake it in that pan? Email answers pleeze.

Blackberry Lane said...

Sounds so good.

Ginny said...

What a wonderful idea your uncle had by giving you this book!!! And this does look awesome, it will be on my baking to-do list!

Willow said...

You sure have some of the yummiest ideas around !

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This sounds delicious!

Sandra Morris said...

Looks like a great recipe.
Thanks for sharing :)

Sally said...

Oh yes, I could devour that since it's chocolate. :)

Thanks for sharing.

xoxo

Lynn said...

I shall have to try this recipe, oddly enough I have in front of me a toll house golden brownie recipe that requires a deep sided cookie sheet so I am all set :-).

Out on the prairie said...

I was thinking of a cake my mother made. I shall try this and see if it is the one, it sounds similar

Chatty Crone said...

It looks great and it's chocolate - yummy!

mail4rosey said...

Pretty sure that slice is begging to join my cup of coffee.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Yummy! I bet that is delicious and didn't last long with those hungry little boys! When I got married, a friend gave me a Junior League cookbook. It's got some neat recipes in it.

Karla Pekor said...

You had me at chocolate cookie!

LONDONLULU said...

Oh it looks so yum. I've a lot of family descending this weekend - I think I'll need to seriously consider this recipe!:)

Mary said...

Ohmygosh! How yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Will try.

Michael Manning said...

I'm sure the boys were excited when they saw this! :)

simply bev said...

Sounds like the perfect treat for a fall day - along with a big mug of coffee. Yum!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh my...that looks great; not too sweet or heavy. I'll use this the next time my girls get a hankering for cake!

Nancy said...

Easy and looks delicious. I've been craving chocolate lately. :)

Betsy Adams said...

I love some of the old recipes. I have some of my mother's cookbooks...

That cookie sheet cake sounds GREAT.... YUMMMMMM... Makes me hungry.
Hugs,
Betsy

SweetMarie said...

Yummy! Love chocolate and easy. :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Yummy! Vintage recipes are so great. I love looking through old cookbooks.