Cake Time

I had this ganache left over in the fridge from making Z’s birthday tortes, and I also had some almond cream cheese frosting, because I piped it on to the torte. I needed to use both of these things, and I thought to myself that all I really wanted was a simple, kind of trashy cake with minimal ingredients that I could quickly whip together. The New Joy has been disappointing me with their cakes, but I turned to it anyway, hoping against hope that I had missed something.

Indeed I had, for what better a recipe to use to make trashy cake than “Texas Sheet Cake”? With a few modifications and some frosting fun time, I produced this:

frosted whole cake

Before you jump to conclusions about me because it is still in the pan, I want to assure you that the Joy says this is how it is supposed to be served. Having made and frosted it, I am not confident that it could be removed from the pan and frosted on a cake plate, but I wasn’t sure, since the Joy was so adamant. Tastes fine either way, right?

Texas Sheet Cake

  • Sift together:
    • One cup sugar
    • One cup flour
    • One half teaspoon baking soda
    • One quarter teaspoon salt
  • Boil in a saucepan:
    • One half cup water
    • One quarter cup vegetable oil
    • Four tablespoons unsalted butter
    • One quarter cup cocoa
  • Add wet ingredients to dry until just barely mixed
  • Whisk together:
    • One large egg
    • One quarter cup yoghurt
    • One teaspoon vanilla
  • Add egg mixture to batter and mix until smooth, pouring into an oiled and floured cake pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven until a toothpick comes out clean…around twenty minutes, and then place on a rack to cool.

I waited until the cake was cooled to frost it with the cream cheese frosting, and then drizzled the ganache on top to form a shell over the cream cheese. It’s perilously sweet, rich because I used twice as much cocoa as was called for, and a bit tangy from the yoghurt I used instead of buttermilk. It’s pretty damn good with a cup of black tea.

slice of cake

The cake came out moist, as well, which fills my heart with happiness and joy.