Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Pioneer Woman knows her stuff

The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake

This IS the best chocolate sheet cake ever. And I’m not just saying that because it’s the only one I’ve ever eaten. It IS delicious. And super moist and oh so chocolatey.

I’m officially in love. With the cake, not the Pioneer Woman. Well, maybe PW, too.

If you don’t know who I’m referring to (laughing as I type that), here’s her site:

I visited her and the family earlier this year at her ranch in Oklahoma and we baked cupcakes and made cake pops for some guests. Actually, she made this chocolate sheet cake recipe then for the cupcakes we used. However, we made a different frosting to decorate with so I didn’t get to experience the full effect. I don’t know what took me so long to try her complete recipe. I’m kicking myself now. It’s so easy and pretty darn quick, too. You don’t even need a mixer. Nope. No mixer. But you do need a 12 X 18 jelly roll pan. I think that’s what deterred me a little. I kept picturing a 12 X 18 cake sitting on my counter. And, well… that’s a lot of cake.

But then, a couple of weeks ago I received a surprise from the UPS guy… or girl…

It was PW’s soon-to-be-released cookbook. I was so excited to see it. I got a preview of the cover back in March and here it was. Finished. Full of Pictures. And Full of Recipes.

Including her Chocolate Sheet Cake.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks

That settled it. No more procrastinating. Chocolate Sheet Cake here I come.

You’ll need 2 cups flour and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to start. Easy enough.


Then pour on the sugar. Two cups of the sweet stuff. I like how this is going.


Melt some butter. Two sticks. Thank you.

While it’s melting, stir together 1/2 cup buttermilk, two eggs, 1 teaspoon baking soda…


And add a little vanilla. A teaspoon to be exact.


Back to the butter. Drop in four heaping tablespoons of cocoa please.

Mix it up

Mix that all up.

Pouring 3

Add a cup of boiling water and stir. Let bubble for just a minute and turn then off the heat.

Pouring 2

Then pour that over your flour, sugar and salt mixture and stir it all together.

Pouring 1

Add the buttermilk mixture and stir until it’s smooth.

Anyone having a little deja vous here? I kinda feel like PW right about now with all these step-by step photos. But really, I couldn’t resist posting all of these pouring shots.


See… here’s another one. Look at that batter. It’s glorious.

Sheet Cake

Place the pan in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. I did 18.

And while the cake is baking, you can make the icing.

Butter and cocoa

Melt some more butter. One and 3/4 sticks this time. Add four more heaping tablespoons of cocoa and stir together.


Then add 6 Tablespoons milk and one teaspoon vanilla. Here’s the only thing I did differently. I didn’t have any milk. I know… that bites. So instead I used four tablespoons of evaporated milk mixed with two tablespoons of water. I could have gone all six evaporated, but I wanted to play it safe.

Powdered Sugar

Add ONE POUND of confectioner’s sugar. Thank you again PW. This is definitely going in the right direction.


Mix that all up really, really good. You can also add a 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, but I didn’t have any of those either. And actually, I’m glad I didn’t. This cake was just the way I like it. Non-crunchy.

Pour it on

After the cake is baked , immediately pour on the good stuff. Work the icing all over the cake, so you’ll have less spreading to do. Those little lumps in the photo are just bits of confectioner’s sugar. If you don’t add nuts, you’ll have to stir this really good to get them all out or sift your sugar first. But who has time for that when this cake is waiting.


Let the cake cool completely. Just kidding. Just dig right in.

It was the…

For me

Wait… I need another bite to make sure.

It was the…

Sheet Cake

Best chocolate sheet cake ever.

By the way, this 12 X 18 cake taking up space on the counter? Don’t even think twice about it. The cake won’t last that long.

Man, I really wish I had some milk right now.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

The cake was so good, that I had to take a picture of it on this pedestal. Right where it belongs.


Make this cake. Now. Seriously.

Here is the full recipe from the Pioneer Woman to make things easier for you to follow.

Or you could go out and get a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks. However, I’m changing the title to The Pioneer Woman Bakes because she has no less than fifteen sweet recipes included in this thing. You might also like:

  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Iny’s Prune Cake
  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Marmalade Muffins
  • French Breakfast Puffs
  • Maple Pecan Scones
  • Perfect Pie Crust
  • Patsy’s Blackberry Cobbler
  • Flat Apple Pie
  • Chocolate Sheet Cake
  • Mocha Brownies
  • Oatmeal Crispies
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
  • Peach Crisp with Maple Cream Sauce
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Plus … there’s all the real food

Here’s a peek inside.

But you don’t need to peek, because… guess what… I went to the store the same day this book was released and bought another copy to share.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks

That’s right. One for me and one for you. Well, one of you.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Enter for a chance to win a copy of
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
by Ree Drummond

Just leave a comment on this post and let me know:

  • Have you tried any of Ree’s recipes from her site? Or which one should I try next? And if you don’t know Ree ( yet, then just go ahead and thank me for introducing you. I’m pretty sure you’ll like her site.
  • Leave your comment with a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. ET
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post. TIMES UP! Here’s the winner!

Good Luck!

Jennifer said...

We are having her baked lemon pasta tonight. So good!!

November 2, 2009 06:04 PM
Molly said...

This look delicious! I love your blog and especially the cake pops.

November 2, 2009 06:04 PM
Michelle Caldera said...

I love P.W., and my husband LOVES her recipes. I don’t however, love all the extra weight I’ve packed on, while sampling her delicious food :)

November 2, 2009 06:05 PM
Katie Schmidt said...

I LOVE the PIoneer Woman…I have tried many of her recipes…just recently made the sugar free chocolate peanut butter pie…YUM!

November 2, 2009 06:05 PM
Sharon said...

Never heard of her until I read your blog. AMAZING. I’m off to make that chocolate sheet…..I love sugar too! :)

November 2, 2009 06:05 PM
Linda said...

love her…love you…would love to win her cookbook!

November 2, 2009 06:05 PM
jollygreenmomma said...

i saw her on the bonnie hunt show and she made her cake which looked absolutely delicious! looks like you did a fine job too!!! there’s nothing like cookin’ for your man!

November 2, 2009 06:07 PM
angela said...

Ree’s a honey. Go ahead and try her blue cheese sauce for steak …awesome, awesome, awesome.

November 2, 2009 06:08 PM
Morgan Whipple said...

I have made quite a few things. Most recently, her twice-baked potatoes, migas, apple cake, and homemade rolls! I would LOVE her cookbook!

November 2, 2009 06:09 PM
Lezlie said...

Oooo! What an awesome giveaway! I absolutely love her website.

November 2, 2009 06:09 PM
Melissa S said...

I love The Pioneer Woman! I have made her chocolate sheet cake so many times I almost know the recipe by heart! I would love to win a copy of her cookbook.

November 2, 2009 06:10 PM
Monica said...

I love TPW… and oh boy her cooking is sinful! I have tried her Onion sauce to put on top of steak and she is right, you can eat it alone… she posted this Mushrooms Stuffed with Brie today and I’m totally going to try it over this weekend, since I have guest.

November 2, 2009 06:11 PM
Melissa Shafer said...

I have never heard of Ree!!! But now I can’t wait to check out her website and of course win her book!

November 2, 2009 06:11 PM
Nicole said...

I made her Rum Cake for a New Year’s DAy Party and everyone loved it and I will be making it every New Year’s from now on!!

November 2, 2009 06:12 PM
Carrie said...

I have made a number of PW’s recipes – my favorite is Olive Cheese Bread, but I haven’t found any of her recipes that aren’t wonderful.

November 2, 2009 06:12 PM
Sara said...

GREAT GOOGLIES….try the bread pudding with whiskey sauce. I made it for Christmas morning last year and went into a sugar coma. It is heaven in a dish.

November 2, 2009 06:12 PM
Donna Mc said...

Believe it or not…the PW recipe that I tried first was for her Chex Mix…it’s really good! Looking forward to trying more. She rocks!

November 2, 2009 06:12 PM
Tara C. said...

Love the Pioneer Woman!!! I love her recipe for Apple Dumplings. So easy to make and so yummy!!

November 2, 2009 06:12 PM
Cheryl said...

Oh my yes, I am quite aware of Ms. P.W. and so are my hips. I’ve made a number of her recipes, but the one that stands out is her cinnamon rolls. Soooo goooood! The maple icing is what puts them over the top.
Thanks for the opportunity to win her book!

November 2, 2009 06:12 PM
Rachel said...

Hi Bakerella! I’d love to win a copy :-) Thanks for the yummy pictures of chocolate cake!

November 2, 2009 06:12 PM
Shirley said...

One of my favorite recipes is the Asian Noodle salad. Makes a huge yummy salad. Great for potlucks. I already have her cookbook, pre-ordered one for me and my daughter.

November 2, 2009 06:13 PM
Rachel said...

pick me!

November 2, 2009 06:13 PM
Cindy Burleson said...

Apple Cake in an Iron Skillet… it is wonderful!

November 2, 2009 06:13 PM
Khol said...

I made her Strawberry Shortcake Cake and it was delightful :)

November 2, 2009 06:13 PM
Sarah said...

That chocolate cake looks delicious but I also like the sound of the Mocha Brownies – would love to have a go at baking them! PW is fab, I only discovered her blog when you went to visit her

November 2, 2009 06:14 PM
Grace said...

Try the brie mushrooms

November 2, 2009 06:14 PM
Kristi said...

Her apple dumplings are SO good! Seriously!

November 2, 2009 06:14 PM
Lori said...

I have a recipe very similar to this and it is my husbands FAVORITE! My recipe calls for a little bit of cinnamon, try it next time it gives it just a little something special and it makes it just a bit different from all the other sheet cakes. BTW I found Pioneer Womans website just two weeks ago and LOVE it, I would LOVE a cookbook too. Hopefully, I will win one otherwise I have to wait until Christmas and have my hubby buy it for me.

November 2, 2009 06:15 PM
Lori said...

It is amazing how many comments there are when free stuff is up for grabs! I was just introduced to the Pioneer Woman about 2 days and have been faithfully catching up on her blog since. I don’t know how I didn’t know about her sooner. I haven’t tried any recipies yet but I’d love to get my hands on that cookbook and start!

November 2, 2009 06:15 PM
Karen said...

I love her cut-out sugar cookies!!!

November 2, 2009 06:15 PM
Jana Reed said...

Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt. They are so yummy!

November 2, 2009 06:15 PM
Wendy said...

I have tried many of her recipies – I love her hummus – it’s my favorite. We had the garlic roasted potatoes Saturday night, and we have also had the crushed potatoes. Everything from her has turned out great!

We actually made your spider cupcakes last week, and they were so cute! They were quite the hit at work. Thank you for sharing your work too!

November 2, 2009 06:15 PM
Michelle Whitlow said...

Oh how I love the Pioneer Woman!! Her pancakes are really yummy! I’ve recently printed off several of her recipes from her site to try. Man I sure would looooove to have her cookbook!!! Gotta get me one of those!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

November 2, 2009 06:16 PM
Jordyn said...

I have tried many things including the chocolate sheet cake. You MUST try her Penne a la Betsy. It’s fabulous!

November 2, 2009 06:16 PM
Kerrie said...

This sounds so good! I would love her cookbook! Her site looks awesome! Thanks

November 2, 2009 06:16 PM
Lori said...

I have heard of the PW woman before but never tried any of her recipes… the cookbook would for sure help me do that!

November 2, 2009 06:17 PM
Lyanne said...

Woohoo, I want that cake and that book please! :)

November 2, 2009 06:17 PM
Brittney said...

No, not yet, but I did find her again in the last three weeks. I am wanting to try all of her recipes. I am thinking of heading to Dallas to meet her on her tour:) Thanks Bakerella. Your recipes are keeping us pudgy.

November 2, 2009 06:17 PM
Natalie said...

I LOVE Pioneer Woman, and now I want to make that cake!

November 2, 2009 06:18 PM
Michelle AP said...

I love PW! Her recipies are great. Steak and onion sandwich is a hit. Like her lasagna, too but I tweek it to fit my eating style. Thanks for the peek at the cookbook. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

November 2, 2009 06:18 PM
Jill said...

Oooo just in time – I’m dying for this!

November 2, 2009 06:19 PM
Erin said...

A few weeks ago I made her cinnamon rolls for a dessert party I was invited too. So delicious!! I would love to have her cookbook!

November 2, 2009 06:19 PM
Sara said...

Definitely definitely try Ree’s recipe for bread pudding. It’s amazing.

November 2, 2009 06:19 PM
Abutton said...

PW’s pumpkin cheesecake is terriffic! My sister also loves the maple-coffee frosting on her (also very good) cinnamon rolls. :)

November 2, 2009 06:19 PM
Cindy said...

I’ve tried the sheetcake. It was a big hit. The Chicken Parmigiana was also excellent.

November 2, 2009 06:19 PM
Elizabeth Lorilla-Winer said...

I discovered your blog because of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond (been a huge fan of Ree’s for over two years now). It’s great finding another wonderful blog like yours!

I have tried many of her recipes but my all time fave is her chocolate sheet cake (the one you featured on your blog).

I am interested in a free copy of Ree’s new cookbook.

November 2, 2009 06:20 PM
Brindi said...

Good Lord – you have to try the cinnamon rolls. So much easier than I ever thought. (*Step-by-step directions help, as well.)

November 2, 2009 06:21 PM
jennifer said...

her queso dip is a big hit at all my fall football parties!!

November 2, 2009 06:21 PM
Jennifer said...

Wow, I’m just barely sneaking in here! I have tried several of Ree’s recipes from her site. Her directions are always spot on, and everything tastes great! My favorite dinner recipes have been the Chicken Scallopine and the Chicken Parmigiana. Also loved the Potato Bundles. I made her Strawberry Shortcake Cake for my husband’s birthday, and it was delicious! I have not been able to get her cookbook yet, but maybe Santa will bring it to me if I’m not lucky here :-)

November 2, 2009 06:22 PM
Erica said...

I love her site….but I haven’t really tried any of her recipes, yet. Now, I’ll HAVE to try that chocolate sheet cake, though. :)

November 2, 2009 06:22 PM
Andrea said...

I haven’t tried any of her recipes yet, but I’d love to!
abdale @

November 2, 2009 06:22 PM
LuAnn said...

I love Ree and her site!! I just made her Roasted Garlic and New Potatoes, oh my gosh, they were great!

November 2, 2009 06:23 PM
Gina said...

We have a lot of Football watch parties and I seem to always get picked to bring deserts. My favorite of PW’s is the Apple Dumplings and the Tres Leches Cake. Those have been BIG hits. I was surprised at how much the men liked the Tres Leches Cake. They loved it. :)

November 2, 2009 06:23 PM
Keturah said...

I LOVE PW! Whenever I make something new and my husband asks where the recipe came from, I give him one guess. He always guesses PW because I make so many of her recipes. Definitely try her lasagna. It is my favorite! I can’t wait until she comes to Austin on her book tour. I am so there!

November 2, 2009 06:23 PM
sara said...

i just made the onion strings and roasted pork last week. both turned out awesome and both are recipes that i make often. i’ll have to find an occasion soon to try out this sheet cake. it looks good!

November 2, 2009 06:24 PM
Elizabeth said...

I love PW and would love a copy of her cookbook!

As a photographer, I love her step by step photo instructions. I’m not the most inventive baker, but I tried her no kneading dinner rolls and they were FABULOUS! You should try them to have a break from all the chocolate!

November 2, 2009 06:24 PM
Shawnie said...

I love PW!! And would love to win one of her cookbooks!

November 2, 2009 06:24 PM
Anonymous said...

Whenever I need to know how to make something I always go to Pioneer Woman’s site.

I have made her cream cheese mashed potatoes-they are divine, and the bacon wrapped jalepenos stuffed with cream cheese-they are always a crowd pleaser, her simple baked potato wedges and am looking forward to making some of her tasty dishes for the holidays.

November 2, 2009 06:25 PM
julo said...

I’m no cowboy, so I haven’t tried most of PW’s recipes, but that doesn’t stop me from drooling over the pictures. I tried her Whiskey glazed carrots, which were awesome. And the mexican lasagna was yummy as well, though that was technically someone else cooking it. Oh, and her cobbler recipe! So good!

November 2, 2009 06:26 PM
paulajo said...

I am going to the library to check out this cookbook! Everything sounds good. On her website she has available quite a few of the recipes you mentioned.

November 2, 2009 06:27 PM
Michelle said...

Sesame noodles….soooo yummy!

November 2, 2009 06:27 PM
ann said...

I think her “Pioneer Woman’s Coffee Cake Literally” looks fantastc and I would wonder how rich in coffee flavor it really is. I think almost all of her recipes look delicious and I would love to have her cookbook!!

November 2, 2009 06:27 PM
Stephanie said...

I love her recipes! I have made her Carrot Cake many times….always get tons of compliments on it! :)

November 2, 2009 06:27 PM
Monique said...

I love the PW blog and try to check in on it every day. I recently tried the pumpkin spice muffins. My entire family dobbled them up. They were so moist.

November 2, 2009 06:27 PM
Paula Blasi said...

Want a copy now…..I love to cook….

November 2, 2009 06:28 PM
Kristin said...

PW actually introduced me to Bakerella and I’m so glad she did. I’d love a copy of the book!

November 2, 2009 06:29 PM
Missy Gregory said...

Hi there. This is the first exposure I have had to the Pioneer Woman but I have to say that even if I don’t win the cookbook (but I hope I do) I’m gonna go out and buy it. It looks wonderful. Good luck everyone.

November 2, 2009 06:30 PM
Jennifer said...

I made the smashed potatoes, they are a hit at our house. If I don’t win I will be looking for it at the bookstore next time I’m there.

November 2, 2009 06:30 PM
busymama said...

I would love to win this for my mom – she loooove the pioneeer woman blog!!

November 2, 2009 06:30 PM
Kate said...

I’ve never heard of pioneer woman…THANKS for the introduction. The only thing that would make it better would be to win the book!!!

November 2, 2009 06:31 PM
Megan said...

I’ve tried a few, but our favorite recipe is for the Apricot Bars. Super easy and super delicious. :-)

November 2, 2009 06:31 PM
Mrs.Mosses said...

Great giveaway! I just made her garlic roasted potatoes and they were delish!

November 2, 2009 06:32 PM
Kelly said...

I absolutely love PW! Both you and her are my top two favorite blogs – really I’m a wannabe Bakerella/PW. I haven’t made any of recipes yet though – I know, lame. But I kept seeing that Simple Sesame Noodle picture and wanted to make that so badly!

November 2, 2009 06:32 PM
Tacey said...

I have never tried a P.W. recipe, but seeing that Chocalate cake has convinced me to go buy a sheet cake A.S.A. P.!

i really think you must try the Peach Crisp with Maple Cream next!

November 2, 2009 06:33 PM
jennifer celendra said...

I’ve been making and re-making her recently posted sweet-roasted rosemary-glazed acorn squash… Good Lord. I’m not kidding – I have seven more squash in my kitchen eagerly awaiting their glorious transformation.

November 2, 2009 06:33 PM
Babzilla said...

I’m new to baking and would appreciate the chance for PW to teach me how to cook for my Cowboy.
Love your stuff.

November 2, 2009 06:34 PM
Stacey said...

Ohh, you’ve done it again. I drool every time I look at your blog. I’ve never tried PW’s recipes, but I vote you show us the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. And I may just have to put this book on my Christmas wish list if I don’t win. But PICK ME!! :)

November 2, 2009 06:35 PM
Heather A said...

Try her Smashed Potatoes! Or the Marlboro Man’s Fav sandwich!!! Yummy goodness!

November 2, 2009 06:35 PM
DENISE P. said...

Pioneer Woman is amazing! Everything she makes looks great, much like your website :) I’d love to win this!

November 2, 2009 06:35 PM
Manda Sheaves said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE PW and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bakerella so what would be better than getting a book about someone I love from someone I love.

I know I said it and I can admit it I love you both. :P

November 2, 2009 06:35 PM
Laura Hurst said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PW! Her cookbook has to be amazing! Pick me!

November 2, 2009 06:36 PM
Karen said...

I got the email with the chocolate sheet cake recipe and can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for introducing me to The Pioneer Woman…. I am going to try some of her recipes, especially this one. :)

November 2, 2009 06:37 PM
shelley said...

I would love a copy of the PW cookbook!

November 2, 2009 06:38 PM
April said...

This looks so yummy, thanks for posting this!

November 2, 2009 06:38 PM
holli gutierrez said...

Haven’t tried any recipes yet but can’t wait to make this one!

November 2, 2009 06:40 PM
Suzanne said...

Thanks for introducing me to PW! I haven’t tried any recipes yet, but I have some that I really want to make!

November 2, 2009 06:40 PM
Alyssa said...

I would say go for the cinnamon rolls. Although she recently posted a recipe for a pear crisp, that I am DYING to try out. Enjoy!

November 2, 2009 06:41 PM
Chelsea said...

Steak Bites. My husband and I love them! I have also made them for company as a sort of appetizer/snack and they were a huge hit.

November 2, 2009 06:42 PM
rebecca said...

Her pan-fried rib eye steak is amazing!

November 2, 2009 06:42 PM
sue said...

OMg I have been hearing about PW for a while now, and have not been brave enough to look. That cake right there is the reason I did not look before, now i need a jelly roll pan and OMG I need to make that now!!!!

November 2, 2009 06:42 PM
Jessica said...

I haven’t tried any of her recipes…. I just visited her website and I am excited to try her recipes!! That cake looks delicious! I will definitely be trying that real soon!

November 2, 2009 06:43 PM
Trina said...

I have tried several of her recipes and loved them all! The Fluffy New Potatoes were pretty easy and yummy!

November 2, 2009 06:43 PM
JaneO said...

Love Pioneer Woman!! Her pot roast is to die for – simple changes that make so much difference! Crash potatos – whole family loves! Chocolate cake – you’ll be in chocolate heaven!

November 2, 2009 06:43 PM
Charleen said...

Just awesome! Thanks for thinking of me!

November 2, 2009 06:44 PM
Sharon said...

I have tried this recipe, took it to tail gating for an ASU football game. I have tried other recipes on her site as well as the Tasty Kitchen – beef enchiladas – yum yum. Also, took those to a ASU game. That really isn’t all we do but those recipes came to mind. Love your site.

November 2, 2009 06:45 PM
Stefanie said...

hi – i’ve tried many! the sherried tomato soup is one of my favorites though! thanks!

November 2, 2009 06:45 PM
Betty-Ann said...

Oh, I love PW! I told my husband I want this book for Christmas, but have long decided I’m not going to be able to wait until December to have it!
We just had her mom’s cauliflower soup for supper; love her painted cut-out Christmas cookies, cast iron apple cake and the best of all…her apple dumplings. AMAZING recipes all around! And to top it all off, her blog is where I “met” you!!!

November 2, 2009 06:45 PM
Martha M. said...

I follow Ree’s blog. I’ve baked her jalapeno poppers, prune cake(was not like prunes at all), cinnamon rolls…now I want to do her best ever chocolate cake!!

November 2, 2009 06:45 PM
Todd said...

I must confess I haven’t tried any recipes yet, but my wife has. The Sleepin’ In Omelette is one of the best!

November 2, 2009 06:46 PM
Afton said...

I tried the mac and cheese recipe and it was awesome!

November 2, 2009 06:46 PM
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