Stir together. Turn off heat. Spread the frosting over the cake, then decorate with the cherries, if using. The first is a two-ingredient chocolate ganache that's so easy to mix together. The Cast of Characters. This cake. Slowly pour the mixture over the cake, ensuring you hit every last inch. Melt the chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring between each, or in a double boiler on the stove, until smooth. For the cake: Spray a 9-by-13-inch cake pan with cooking spray. Sigh. I use this commercial baking sheet, but any jelly roll pan will do. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Finally, top the ganache with sprinkles or chopped nuts to dress it up and add even more crunch. Melt butter in a saucepan. Melt the chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring between each, or in a double boiler on the stove, until smooth. In a saucepan, melt butter. God bless my mother-in-law, who shared the recipe with me when I became engaged to her son. These easy tips and added ingredients not only make it an incredibly easy dessert but one that's perfectly suited to your preferences. All you need for this wonderful cake is sugar, flour, salt, butter, cocoa, baking soda, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, powdered sugar, milk, and pecans. I tweaked it slightly over time, with sinful results. The biggest and probably most surprising secret to the Pioneer Woman's chocolate cake is that she uses a store-bought chocolate cake mix. While cake is baking, make the icing. It is absolutely, without a doubt, THE best chocolate sheet cake ever. While cake is baking, make the icing. Stir together, and allow to bubble for 30 seconds. Pause and reflect upon how fortunate we are to be human. Then add 1 lb. To eat…to eat…chocolate. All rights reserved. And 1 teaspoon baking soda. Before you sink your teeth into this beautiful creation, take a moment. Bake the cake in the prepared pan according to the package instructions. Gently fold in the whipped topping until combined well. Once the butter is melted, add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder. Try to pour it all over the surface, so you won’t have to do much spreading. Add the buttermilk mixture to the chocolate/flour mixture. While it’s melting, boil 1 cup of water. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. All it takes is 1/2 cup of hot cream poured over 3/4 cup of chocolate chips. Drummond also adds 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the batter. Chop pecans finely. Within seconds, it turns into buttermilk and works perfectly. But a heaping helping of vanilla extract isn't the only hack Drummond uses to spruce up her shortcut homemade chocolate cake. powdered sugar. The first is a two-ingredient chocolate ganache that's so easy to mix together. In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. It’s moist beyond imagination, chocolatey and rich like no tomorrow, and 100% of the time, causes moans and groans from anyone who takes a bite. For the frosting: Combine the milk, pudding mix and cocoa powder in a bowl. Allow the mixture to soak into the holes while you make the frosting. Enjoy. The warmth of the cake should do most of the work for you, causing the stupidly delicious frosting to spread on its own. The surprising secret to the Pioneer Woman's chocolate cake. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. When the butter is melted, add 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder…, With the heat still on, pour in the boiling water…. © 2020 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. Melt butter in a saucepan. I usually don’t have buttermilk in the fridge when I want to make this cake, so here’s what I do: pour just under 1/2 cup regular milk into the measuring cup, then add enough regular vinegar to the milk to bring the quantity up to 1/2 cup. The first easy tip — after not actually having to start from scratch, of course — that Drummond deploys is simply adding a whole tablespoon of vanilla extract to the batter as she mixes it. To be able to harness the energy necessary to heat an oven. In a measuring cup, pour 1/2 cup buttermilk. To make it even tastier, she adds pops of flavor, texture, and toppings, too. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content on their web site. Add cocoa. To chop nuts. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Add the condense… Actually, I like to add about 1/2 cup less than 1 lb., but I was too embarrassed to admit that I wouldn’t be able to tell you what quantity that is. Stir together. In a saucepan (I always wash and use the same one as before), melt 1 3/4 sticks of regular butter (not to be confused with 1 1/2 sticks or 2 sticks, for pete’s sake.). The site may earn a commission on some products. Though cakes can get complicated quickly or heavily rely on difficult techniques, this deliciously chocolatey cake is a thing of simplicity. Nonstick cooking spray, for the baking pan, One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, One 3.4-ounce packet instant chocolate pudding, One 8-ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed, Maraschino cherries, drained, for decorating (optional), Sign up for the Recipe of the Day Newsletter Privacy Policy, Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cheese Grits. Note: I use an 18x13 sheet cake pan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. The last two secrets of Drummond's chocolate cake focus on the toppings. Pumpkin Sheet Cake Is the Best Fall Dessert. This ingredient shopping module is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page. Mix together the cake mix, milk, butter, eggs, chocolate chips and vanilla in a large bowl until completely combined. Pour the luscious batter into the ungreased pan…. Pour into the prepared Bundt pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Mix the two together until it's a smooth, silky chocolate ganache and quickly pour it over the cake — beware, it will thicken up pretty fast. Stir together. Are you ready? Pour into sheet cake pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes. Very basic ingredients—perfect for us Pioneer Women who live out in the country and nowhere near dutch processed cocoa, Madagascar vanilla extract, or creme fraiche. First, melt 2 sticks regular (not unsalted) butter in a saucepan. Keep on choppin’—the smaller and crunchier, the better. Now pour the evil, adulterous, wicked frosting over the warm, ridiculous cake. To melt butter. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool. All it takes is 1/2 cup of hot cream poured over  3/4 cup of chocolate chips. If you're in a hurry to whip up a decadent dessert to share (or not), Ree Drummond has the the recipe for you (via Food Network). You’ll have to help it along a little, but the less you have to spread, the better. So add a pound, but hold a little back, and please don’t ask me how much that is, because I hate math. To be able to control the various ingredients in our kitchens. Try it sometime!