A special treat for a dear friend!
You've heard me mention from time to time about how we get our meat and eggs from a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm. Let me tell you - there is NOTHING that is so good as far as quality and taste. This is the way things are supposed to taste!
Well, over the past couple of years that we've belonged, I've developed such a fondness and friendship for Farmer Dave and his beautiful wife, the lovely Robin. It always does my heart good to spend a while chatting with them on pickup day. We talk food, farming and gardening, kids, and just really enjoy some good fellowship!
Robin confided in me one Saturday that she was looking for a particular recipe. Something she and her family have really missed. See, they're gluten free, too. So I promised I'd see what I could do. I read bunches of recipes on allrecipes.com Guess what - they all start with a CAKE MIX! That's when I knew we could come up with something, and here it is.
SPH Gluten Free Texas Sheet Cake
1 Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devils Food Cake Mix
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup water
1 cup melted butter
1 can milk chocolate frosting
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a mixer bowl, and beat til well combined. Line a jelly roll pan, or large cookie sheet with sides, with foil. Pour batter onto foil, and place in oven. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, or til tester inserted in center comes out clean. When done, allow to cool for about 8-10 minutes. You want the cake still slightly warm, but it also needs to cool a bit to maintain its structure. You certainly don't want a crumbly mess! Carefully plop bits of frosting on top of the cake and spread evenly. This makes that shiny glaze-like frosting. Feel free to use as much frosting as your heart or your family desires. When completely cool, cut into big squares, and enjoy!
So when we were doing our taste testing, Princess added some chopped pecans on top of hers. Super delicious! Which got me to thinking...
Sprinkle the top of the frosting with chopped pecan pieces, then drizzle with some melted caramel sundae topping. Now you have turtle sheet cake.
Instead of water, use coffee - espresso sheet cake.
Add peppermint extract, frost with white frosting and top with candy cane pieces - candy cane sheet cake.
See where I'm going with this?
You can do just as much with a Texas sheet cake as any other cake. The possibilities are only limited by what's in your pantry!
And if you're interested, and live in Northern Illinois, be sure to click the Walnut Acres button in the right hand column. This will send you straight to the CSA website for more information.
Have a great Tuesday everyone!
This recipe linked to Very Good Recipes.