Texas Skillet Sheet Cake

oatmeal cookies-23It’s hard to believe I’ve been living in Texas for almost two and a half years! It seems like just yesterday that I packed up my car and left Colorado for a new adventure! While it has taken a little time to get used to the brazenly hot summers, I absolutely love it here! I no longer have to deal with snow (except for this year) and the people are so incredible. And the food is on a whole other level. Best of all, I no longer have to bake at high altitude!! It’s crazy how much altitude affects baking!

Best of all, I no longer have to bake at high altitude!! It’s crazy how much altitude affects baking! I was so used to having to adjust recipes for it. Now, it’s so easy for all of my treats to come out fluffy and domed and soft!

Speaking of Texas, I thought it would be fun to feature a classic recipe with the state’s namesake. The icing is what really makes this cake! It’s velvety, rich, and decadent. The cake bakes in a cast iron skillet, which gives it a beautiful crust! And it pairs perfectly with a scoop of vanilla or butter pecan ice cream!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.-131

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set a 8-inch cast iron skillet pan aside. Stir the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and sugar together. Set aside.

IMG_0944Bring butter, water and cocoa powder to a boil. Remove from heat.

 

IMG_0946Pour mixture over flour and stir until combined.

 

IMG_0950Mix in eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla.

 

IMG_0952Pour into skillet pan and bake for 22-26 min. Or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

IMG_0955Set aside to cool.

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For icing, heat butter and cocoa powder over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in milk, vanilla, and confectioners sugar.

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Pour over cake and top with pecans and sprinkles if desired. Serve with a scoop of ice cream.

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