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!

Cheryl said...

The chocoholic in me is screaming “FEED ME”….thanks so much for sharing Bakerella! The Pioneer Woman is a treasure
just like you!

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

There are 3 sites that I check every morning…EVERY morning:
Bakerella, Pioneer Woman & Cake Wrecks. The Rosemary Rolls that PW made a few days ago are waiting to be made. I have to make a run to the store to get some fresh rosemary. Do I have to share? Can’t I make them when everyone else is away? I don’t want to share. I want to eat in solitude! Eat them ALL!

November 2, 2009 06:47 PM
Carmen Carlton said...

I’ve not yet tried any of her recipes. But this chocolate sheet cake will be one to start with. And if I win her cookbook, then the flat apple pie sounds intriguing. Maybe that’s the next one you should try?

November 2, 2009 06:47 PM
Gem said...

I read the site everyday but have yet to try any of the recipes.. Maybe I need a little push in the right direction.. that chocolate cake is looking more tempting every time I see it!

November 2, 2009 06:47 PM
Sue said...

I tried making her mac and cheese!!! Yum!! this cake looks so good, I might have to try that too!

November 2, 2009 06:47 PM
Lily said...

I have not heard of the Pioneer Woman

I am heading to her website now to check it out.

November 2, 2009 06:48 PM
mandy said...

stuffed mushrooms, fa real

November 2, 2009 06:48 PM
kelsie said...

I lover her olive Bread!!!( I could eat it all myself!) Her steak bites are awesome. It’s a great way for my kids to eat some steak! I truly believe that anything you try will be great!

November 2, 2009 06:48 PM
Ralph said...

I’ve made PW’s apple dumplings at Scout camp a couple of times, big hit.
My wife wants this book in a bad way!

November 2, 2009 06:48 PM
Terry said...

I was able to go to her first booksigning in Tulsa last week. I know her book will be successful!

November 2, 2009 06:48 PM
hennifer said...

I love PW and of course you!
I’ve tried a handful of her recipes and I think my favorites so far are her Olive Cheese Bread and the PW Favorite Sandwich.

I’ve been dying to try her brisket but never seem to get all my ducks in a row together. I should work on that.

November 2, 2009 06:49 PM
Sonnie said...

Mmm, roasted garlic potatoes! Yum!
I love your site AND Pioneer Woman’s site!
I plan to get PW’s book for my mom as a gift, but would love to win one for myself, too!! Then I won’t have to bother my mom to borrow hers. :)

November 2, 2009 06:49 PM
Erynn said...

I’ve had sheet pie before but this sheet cake looks amazing. My mouth is watering just looking at it! (I absolutely love your pictures, they’re great quality).

November 2, 2009 06:51 PM
Kathy said...

My mouth is watering. I think I’ll go bake this up right now.

November 2, 2009 06:52 PM
Ginger said...

Thanks for introducing me to Pioneer Woman, between your site and her’s I’m sure to find some inspiration.

November 2, 2009 06:52 PM
sarah in FL said...

You should try PW’s Apple Dumplings! They are amazing and very easy to make :)

November 2, 2009 06:52 PM
Meredith said...

Oh I love her, I think I am going to try her famous cinimmon rolls soon for teacher gifts.

November 2, 2009 06:53 PM
April said...

You should try her homemade cinnamon rolls. I made them and they were so easy and delicious! They tasted just like my grandmas used to. :)

November 2, 2009 06:53 PM
Leslye said...

The recipe for the Tres Leches cake is absolutely amazing!!! It was gone in no time when I took it to work for a pitch-in

November 2, 2009 06:53 PM
Laura said...

I saw this recipe today , and well, my son isn’t feeling all that good. So I made it for him. Instead of pecans, he won’t eat them , I added chocolate chips to the batter before I put it in the oven. OMG,,,, death by chocolate , what a way to go. Does Marlboro Man come with the cookbook?

November 2, 2009 06:54 PM
Kirsten said...

I recently discovered the PW myself! I love her recipes and am always looking for new ones to try. I’d love her book! Thank you :)

November 2, 2009 06:55 PM
Stacey S. said...

Miss Bakerella, you are the reason that I know of the Pioneer Woman. I happened upon your site when you were up for Food Blog of the year and checked out the other blogs and found Pioneer Woman. Thank you very much for introducing me. Both blogs are wonderful. I haven’t tried any recipes yet, but I have printed out PW’s cinnamon rolls. I keep waiting to make them, so I guess this should be the weekend I do it!
Thanks for the post and give away. Bakerella-ella-ella. I keep eyeballing those Bakerella t’s and think that it needs to go on my X-mas list. Those look awesome.

November 2, 2009 06:55 PM
Liz Waldon-Brooks said...

I remember your post about visiting Pioneer Woman at her home. This cookbook looks incredible! I haven’t tried any of Ree’s recipes yet, but I’ll be sure to do so in the near future. I’d certainly love to win her cookbook! Love your new site, and my mouth is watering from the photos of this chocolate sheet cake! Wow!

November 2, 2009 06:56 PM
Sara L said...

LOVE PW! Made a bunch o’ recipes from her site. Current fave is bacon wrapped jalapeno thingies =)

November 2, 2009 06:56 PM
Shana said...

Mmmm looks so delicious, I really want a copy of PW’s cookbook too!

November 2, 2009 06:57 PM
Bran said...

Love all of Ree’s recipes!!

November 2, 2009 06:57 PM
Carla said...

I have been following Ree for a couple of years now. I love her recipes – they make me feel all warm and comfy after I have them!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a cookbook. Whether I win it or not…it will be joining my recipe books. I already have the space where it will go.

November 2, 2009 06:57 PM
LindseyJo said...

I hope I get this commented in time…. 3min to go ahhh I LOVE LOVE, LOVE PW my fav is the Apple Dumplings she brings SWEET goodness to my kitchen:)

November 2, 2009 06:58 PM
onceuponaweddingcake said...

I’ve heard of her, but never tried any of her recipes. I love chocolate! This might be the sheetcake for me lol

November 2, 2009 06:58 PM
Jennifer said...

I’m definitely going to try her cake tomorrow

November 2, 2009 06:59 PM
Misti Lanier said...

I’ve tried several of her recipes, but we really liked her Apple Pie — the caramel/nut topping put it over the edge!

November 2, 2009 06:59 PM
liza said...

oatmeal crispies are to die for!! they freeze well and its easy to make a triple batch. YUM

November 2, 2009 07:00 PM
Edie said...

I’ve never been to that site! Thank you!! :)

November 2, 2009 07:00 PM
Pam McGlone said...

Definitely loved the chocolate sheet cake!

November 2, 2009 07:01 PM
Shannon L said...

this would be such a great joy to have.

November 2, 2009 07:01 PM
Jamie said...

love how that sheetcake looks! YUM! Never heard of her, but glad I have now! THANKS Bakerella!

November 2, 2009 07:01 PM
Kiki119 said...

mmmm… I was so excited about his receipt when I read it this morning… I rushed home & made a batch..

Love the fact that all ingredients are so “pantry friendly”, which I have all of them handy…

unfortunately, I made it with the wrong size pan… 9×18 (lol I was so excited that I didn’t read the receipe fully!)… so the flavor is very “concentrated”… HOWEVER, it is indeed the best chocolate I had ever made!!!!

November 2, 2009 07:02 PM
amanda said...

This recipe is the same one my family has been baking for every birthday since I was 2, except we call it Texas Buttermilk Cake. It IS indeed the best chocolate cake ever! Works well in a plain ol’ 13″ x 9″ if you don’t have the jelly roll pan. Glad to know PW is making it famous!

November 2, 2009 07:03 PM
Zoe said...

Love reading PW, was planning on making her cinnamon rolls as they look delicious!

November 2, 2009 07:04 PM
Kristin T said...

I loved every PW’s recipes that I have made! If I had to choose it would be Pasta a la Betsy.

November 2, 2009 07:04 PM
Jennifer Gill said...

I haven’t actually tried any of PW’s recipes yet, but I sure have looked at them and made plans to make them. I have tried a chocolate cake very similar to this recipe and it is great, so I’m sure this one is absolutely delicious. My husband loves chocolate cake… maybe I should kill 2 birds with one stone…. try PW’s recipe and show my husband how much I love him! I hope I win the new cook book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 2, 2009 07:05 PM
chanda said...

I’m baking (the chocolate cake, of course) as I type!
Hopefully I’ll get the copy…. and try everything else!

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

Looks like a great book! Going to check it out right now. May be added to the wish list for Christmas (if I can wait that long!!). Yum! Chocolate!!

November 2, 2009 07:08 PM
simplyNabiki said...

ehum.. I will never start my diet anymore…. I hope I win the book at least I have a good excuse :-D
Ilenia from

November 2, 2009 07:08 PM
Lori said...

I’ve tried her cinnamon roll recipe from her site, and they were SOOO good!

November 2, 2009 07:09 PM
Amikathryn said...

I have made her meat pasta sauce. It’s reaally gooood! Very hearty! I would love to have her cookbook.

November 2, 2009 07:09 PM
Heather said...

pick me!! oh dear, how will I win when over 4,000 people beat me to it?

November 2, 2009 07:10 PM
Azure said...

I’ve tried 2 PW recipes recently. Her chicken parmigiana was fantastic. Even my snob of an Italian husband loved it :o) This weekend we tried the Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt. Mmmmmm….so good…..
But did you see the brie stuffed mushrooms she posted today? Have to cook them soon too!

November 2, 2009 07:10 PM
Debbie said...

Wow. This looks like The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford cake that I tried years ago…DELISH!
I’m gonna have to try the Red Velvet…too many are dry and flavorless, so I’m hoping hers will be just the opposite!
Thanks for all the great posts!!!

November 2, 2009 07:11 PM
Rachael said...

Oh my I think this looks like the best cookbook ever… I love Red Velvet…. I would love to get my baking hands on a copy of this book.

November 2, 2009 07:11 PM
Dawson said...

rosemary rolls!

November 2, 2009 07:13 PM
Sarah said...

Chocolate sheet cake is an old family favorite-my mom called it texas sheet cake- but she didn’t have a recipe for me, so I never made it until I found the pioneer woman. Though, I have to say the apple dumplings were amazing, (i used pie dough, cause it’s what I had) I could barely finish one dumpling!!

November 2, 2009 07:13 PM
Natali said...

Ahh, I think I just barely missed the deadline, but I’ve tried this sheet cake, and you are right–it is the best one ever!

November 2, 2009 07:14 PM
Alison said...

I’ve tried her pot roast and want to try pretty much everything!

November 2, 2009 07:15 PM
Kelley Derosier said...

I tried her best cake EVER recipe. It is a pineapple spice cake and it was divine.

November 2, 2009 07:19 PM
Becca said...

I just made her pear crisp recipe on Halloween. The family loved it!

November 2, 2009 07:20 PM
Melissa said...

Looks yummy! Reminds me of a cake my mom made when I was a kid.

November 2, 2009 07:22 PM
Mandy said...

love to try her recipes!

November 2, 2009 07:23 PM
Nancy said...

Oh I LOVE Ree and I’ve tried SO many of her recipes…I asked my husband for this book for Christmas but heres to hoping I win it from here!!! :)

Oh, and her chocolate sheet cake is good!!!

November 2, 2009 07:23 PM
quynh Vo said...

I loveee the PW!! i made her Asian Noodle Salad for a potluck and it was gone in a matter of minutes! SOOO GOOD!

November 2, 2009 07:24 PM
Jessica said...

I LOVE her steak bites. I wish that I remembered to make them more often!

November 2, 2009 07:24 PM
Megan said...

I have not tried any of her recipes, but since I am getting married soon I am sure my soon to be hubby would be thrilled if I started :-)

November 2, 2009 07:24 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you for introducing me to PW’s chocolate cake. it makes me want to bake. :)

November 2, 2009 07:24 PM
Jen said...

wow. if i could afford not to work, i’d totally become a domestic goddess like pioneer woman. thanks for introducing her and her website! those brie stuffed mushrooms look tasty.

November 2, 2009 07:25 PM
Melanie said...

Mmm… looks delish.

love pw!

November 2, 2009 07:27 PM
PastormacsAnn said...

I love this cookbook! Pre-ordered it and waited not-so-patiently for it to come in the mail. It is as awesome as it looks in your slide show – more awesome-er in fact! I would love to win a copy to give to my best friend.

November 2, 2009 07:28 PM
nayan nika said...

I tried the garlic parmesan chicken and it was delicious. I’m going to try the brie stuffed mushrooms that she posted today.

November 2, 2009 07:29 PM
Jane in KC said...

If I miss the deadline that’s okay – I found your site from Ree’s and helped my nieces earlier this year make Easter cake pops for their school bake sale – BIG HIT!!! Thanks!

November 2, 2009 07:30 PM
Carlee said...

OOOOO!!!!!! that looks soooo good have to make it. I have not tried the PW receipe, but that will have to change. Thank you for sharing.

November 2, 2009 07:32 PM
Nancy N said...

I just discovered PW last month, and just this weekend, well, if you haven’t made the pumpkin muffins, well … yes. You ought to. Full Family Fan-City.

November 2, 2009 07:32 PM
Tanya said...

OMg that cake looks AMAZING! I think you should try flat apple pie next. I haven’t met The Pioneer Woman, or tried any of her recipes, but I’m looking forward to.

November 2, 2009 07:33 PM
mikey said...

of course I’ve tried her stuff, I just can’t believe that you haven’t tried this chocolate cake yet. we call it our “Cowboy Birthday” Cake because everyone LOVES it.

November 2, 2009 07:36 PM
Kristin Herrin said...

I absolutely love the Pioneer Woman!! I too have a husband who is the country, outdoorsy type and he loves his homemade country cooking. The other day I found myself on PW’s site learning to make gravy, for biscuits and gravy. Now I know that sounds easy, but I had never made it before. My husband loves the bacon jalapeno wrapped poppers. Oh and this sheet cake, my mom has been making it for years and it is my absolutely favorite and the only cake I will have for my birthday, etc. Thank you for showing me these pictures, I must tell my mom to make me that for Thanksgiving!!!

November 2, 2009 07:40 PM
Cindy said...

You must try the lasagna! It’s TDF!!!!!

November 2, 2009 07:44 PM
Tracie said...

I will be making this cake next week for my husband’s birthday and if I don’t win the book I just might go and buy and put it under the Christmas Tree.

November 2, 2009 07:45 PM
Kathy Kennedy said...

Gosh, several…risotto (the first time I’ve ever made it, so easy, why was I intimidated), cinnamon rolls-the best ever, again, easy, grilled steak with blue cheese onion sauce, twice baked potatoes…I could go on…love her easy recipes! Now I want to make your cake pops, sounds like wonderfulness!

November 2, 2009 07:46 PM
Julie Arndt said...

I made her Mac & Cheese because I just love it!

November 2, 2009 07:46 PM
Beverly said...

I love PW. It is actually her site that led me to yours. Both are now on my top 10 list.

November 2, 2009 07:47 PM
Whitney Jordan said...

This chocolate cake looks delicious! It seems very similar to a recipe I have for Texas Sheet Cake. YUM!

November 2, 2009 07:47 PM
SweetsDesire72 said...

I have never tried her recipes but I think you should try the Blackberry Cobler next!!

November 2, 2009 07:50 PM
JWsmeanwife said...

Make her cinnamon rolls..some day when you have lots of time and aggression to work off.

November 2, 2009 07:51 PM
Kelley said...

I haven’t tried any of her recipes yet, but I saw quite a few that look delicious. I’d love to get the recipe book and try some.

November 2, 2009 07:51 PM
terri said...

i just read and learned about the pioneer woman in this month’s southern living magazine….my mom also made chocolate sheet cake while i was growing up and never got the recipe!!! i am going to check out her BLOG! thanks for the info!

November 2, 2009 07:51 PM
Tammy Hunziker said...

Hi bakerella,
I have just opened a bakery at an all girls high school and am surrounded by people who love baked goods!! How lucky am I. . . . . . . I love your website and this Pioneer Woman looks pretty terrific too : ) I’d love to check out her book.

November 2, 2009 07:51 PM
Beth said...

I haven’t made anything from PW yet, but this cake is calling my name!

November 2, 2009 07:52 PM
Mercedes said...

I can’t wait to make that cake for myself.. I mean for my family :). Ree’s Cookbook is officially going on my Christmas Wish List!

November 2, 2009 07:52 PM
Robyn said...

I’m new to the Pioneer Woman, but I’d love to try the tres leches cake…

November 2, 2009 07:53 PM
Krista B said...

I just made her pan-fried pork chops – they were amazing and my hubby fell in love all over again! :)


November 2, 2009 07:54 PM
Kara said...

I really want to try to make PM’s cinnamon rolls! They look just amazing! I know I am too late for the contest, but I wanted to at least try!

November 2, 2009 07:55 PM
Kaama Malvin said...

I made and loved the skillet apple cake.

November 2, 2009 07:55 PM
keandra said...

thanx for reintroducing me to pw!!!

November 2, 2009 07:56 PM
Dee said...

The Jalepeno Bacon Thingies are to die for! & you really can make and freeze them ahead of time. (I was skeptical about that.)

November 2, 2009 07:56 PM
Francine said...

Olive cheese bread. The zucchini cakes would have come out better if I rung out all the water.

November 2, 2009 07:57 PM
bluecakes said...

I accidently visits her page a long time ago <3 but never tried her recipe before teehee xD I would love to try something new for my upcoming semester break xD baking surely is satisfying <3

November 2, 2009 07:59 PM
Crystal Taberksi said...

Ooooh, pick me, pick me!

November 2, 2009 08:01 PM
Ashley said...

Oooh! I almost missed this post & giveaway. I read her blog all the time but haven’t been brave enough to try a recipe yet. This book will definitely get me going!

November 2, 2009 08:01 PM
Mary Anne said...

I hope I am not too late!! I really want this cookbook….just haven’t been able to get around to buying it! maybe christmas gift idea though….

November 2, 2009 08:02 PM
Kelli T. said...

I’ve made the delicious chocolate sheet cake and have been wanting to make her tres leches cake for a while now!

November 2, 2009 08:04 PM
Rachal Edwards said...

I have made her cinnamon rolls! Easy, delicious, and makes enough to share or give as gifts. They were delightful!

November 2, 2009 08:07 PM
Shalva said...

i LOVE Pioneer woman!

November 2, 2009 08:09 PM
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