Chocolate Sheet Cake with Quick Fudge Frosting

 

A sheet cake is basically a single layer cake that is baked on a sheet pan or a swiss roll pan, and frosted. This moist, rich and chocolatey cake, with its minimum-fuss yet incredibly delicious frosting, is one of my fave quick-fix cakes. It is ideal for those 'bring-a-dish' parties coz it works beautifully as a dessert served warm or cold or with a scoop of ice-cream. My fave thing about this cake is that it is frosted whilst still warm and in the pan it is baked in. You don't have to turn the cake out onto a rack or let it cool. Just bake, prepare the frosting and pour it over the warm cake and serve!

What you will need

1 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 heaped tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup butter (salted or unsalted)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup water

1/4 tsp. instant coffee powder (optional)

1/4 cup buttermilk (or add 2 tsp. of lemon/vinegar to 1/4 cup milk and let it stand for 10 minutes)

1 egg (room temperature)

1/2 tsp. vanilla essence

1/4 cup butter

2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa

pinch of salt

3-4 tbsp. milk

1/2 cup nuts, chopped (use any that you like - almonds/cashews/hazelnuts/pecans/walnuts etc)

1 1/2 - 2 cups icing sugar (if possible, sieve this to remove lumps)

1/2 tsp. vanilla essence

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