Move over Barefoot Contessa, Jennifer Garner is at it again with her 'Pretend Cooking Show' and this time she's giving Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, a run for her money. Since December the actress has been sharing her favorite family recipes and cooking videos on Facebook for fans and friends to watch, and believe me, it's almost like you are sitting on a stool in her kitchen watching her cook.
In the past she's shared her love of Ina Garten's honey white bread, (including bread men) huckleberry english muffins, granola bars and even a kerfuffle of a bagel recipe (In the end they turned out perfect!). Today she's taking out all the stops and is serving up a chocolate sheet cake courtesy of Ree herself. Take a look:
This is my go-to chocolate sheet cake. Thank you, The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond. ❤️⭐️🍫❤️😄 #PretendCookingShow #ididthiswithfreshnails #spoileralerttheysurvivedThis episode was shot for the new #IGTV platform on Instagram, so that's why it looks funny. 🤗. . .The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever.Ingredients:3 3/4 sticks butter, salted1 cup water8 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder2 cups flour2 cups sugar1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup buttermilk2 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla1 teaspoon baking soda6 tablespoons milk1 lb powdered sugar1/2 cup pecans (optional)Recipe:.5 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.1. Melt 2 sticks of regular butter in a sauce pan. Simultaneously boil 1 cup of water.2. Add 4 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder to the melted butter and mix thoroughly.3. Pour in the boiling water and allow the mixture to bubble for 30 seconds. Turn off heat and set aside.4. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir together.5. Pour the hot butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir together slightly, just to cool the chocolate.6. In a measuring cup, pour 1/2 cup buttermilk and add to that 2 beaten eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Stir together.7. Add the buttermilk mixture to the chocolate/flour mixture and stir well.8. Pour the DELICIOUS batter onto an ungreased baking sheet or jelly roll pan and spread evenly.9. Bake for 20 minutes. Time for icing!10. If adding nuts, chop 1/2 cup of pecans. The smaller and crunchier the better. Omit for nut-free/picky kids. 🙋🏻11. Melt 1 3/4 sticks of regular butter.12. Once melted, add 4 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder and stir together. Allow to bubble for 30 seconds and then turn off the heat.13. Stir in 6 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla.14. Add 1 lb powdered sugar, or to taste. For me, 1/2 lb is plenty.15. Stir together. Add the nuts if you have them.16. Pour the icing all over the cake and spread evenly. Devour. YUM.
Posted by Jennifer Garner on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
To begin, preheat your oven and melt the butter in a small saucepan. At the same time bring the water to a boil. Jennifer dances around and shows off her nails, sharing that they are a fresh coat and she doing the best she can not to smudge them. We've all been there Jen, there's nothing worse than working hard on painting your nails to having them look like you jammed them into a wall while doing something as simple as stirring the pot. How it happens, the world may never know.
Once the butter is melted, whisk in the cocoa powder and the boiling water, letting it bubble for a minute or two.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine the flour, salt and sugar. Jen tip: she only uses 1 1/2 cups of sugar for her recipes to cut down the sweetness. Once blended, pour in the chocolate mixture to cool it down before adding the cold buttermilk mixture of eggs, vanilla and baking soda. Once combined, pour the entire mixture onto a sheet pan or jelly roll pan and bake until the top springs back.
Onto the frosting! As an enthusiastic participate, Jenifer licks the cake batter clean before moving on to her clean work surface. No stand mixer here, just a saucepan, some melted butter and cocoa powder. Remove from the heat and whisk in milk, vanilla and powdered sugar then pour the icing over the room temperature cake. Heavenly.