I am on a kick with making desserts from Pinterest. This one came from an adorable website called Eat Cake For Dinner. This recipe held up to all the rave reviews, it was heaven and we did not have one crumb left in the pan.
It is cooked on the stovetop. I've never cooked a cake on the stovetop in a saucepan so I was very curious how it would turn out.
It was just like I'd imagine a good old fashioned cake made from fresh ingredients would taste like.
This is a great recipe to have all the ingredients on hand for. It would be the perfect thing to whip together for unexpected company or just for a fun weekend treat. There are many Friday or Saturday nights where I bake something good like this and we watch a movie or play cards. Simple little things, but it makes life seem special.
So here's the low-down. Preheat your oven. While it is preheating, whip this together in your large saucepan. It only takes 20 minutes or so to bake up. When you pull it out (and turn off the oven-I always forget this part!) make your icing. By the time the icing is done you can just pour it right on top of the cake. I wasn't sure if we should refrigerate it or what. We ended up leaving it on the counter covered loosely with a piece of wax paper. Since it lasted less than 12 hours it didn't really matter.
(This is a pic from Eat Cake For Dinner's website, isn't it beautiful?! A copy of her recipe is below...)
Grammy's White Sheet Cake
1 c. butter
1 c. water
2 c. sugar
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sour cream
1 c. butter
6 Tbl. evaporated milk
4 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. chopped pecans, opt.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter and water in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, flour, salt and baking soda. Stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in the sour cream and mix until blended.
Pour the batter into a well greased 11''x17'' sheet pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched or a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove cake from oven and allow to cool slightly while you make the frosting. Put the butter and milk into a medium saucepan. Heat until butter is melted and bring to a simmer.
Remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar, vanilla and a dash of salt. Whisk until completely smooth. Add nuts (if desired) and spread over cake.
(If you're in the mood for more recipes you should hop on over to Eat Cake For Dinner's site-she has some good looking recipes.)