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#1 Old 04-07-2009, 08:39 AM
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Texas Sheet Cake | Texas Sheetcake

Category: Desserts - Cakes



This recipe is suitable for a: vegetarian/vegan diet



Makes 1 large, thin 11 x 17" cake.



Texas sheet cake is a very thin (about half an inch thick), very moist chocolate cake (sometimes called Texas Brownies) with a thin layer of rich chocolate icing. I'm not much of a chocolate fan, but I've always loved this cake. It veganized beautifully and came out perfect. Just make sure to cover your cake with plastic wrap once it cools so it doesn't dry out!



Ingredients:

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CAKE:

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 cup margarine (I used Earth Balance)

1/2 cup shortening (I used Earth Balance)

1 cup water

4 tbsp cocoa

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice plus enough soy milk to make 1/2 cup

1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs worth of Ener-G egg replacer, beaten

4 tsp vanilla



ICING:

1/4 cup margarine (I used Earth Balance)

4 tbsp soy milk

2 tbsp cocoa

1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional - I hate nuts and don't use them)





Instructions:

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To make the cake:



Put lemon juice in a measuring cup and add enough soy milk to bring the volume up to 1/2 cup. Let set 10 minutes to clump (you're making a vegan version of "buttermilk.")



Mix sugar and flour in a large bowl. Put margarine, shortening, water and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour the resulting liquid mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl.



Add "buttermilk" (lemon juice and soy milk mixture), baking soda, Ener-G and vanilla. Mix very well, breaking up any clumps and creating a smooth batter.



Pour onto a greased 11 by 17" sheet pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.



To make the icing:



Put margarine, milk and cocoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add in the remaining ingredients (sugar, vanilla and nuts if you're using them). Mix with a hand mixer (this is the best method; it prevents the powdered sugar from clumping and eliminates black specks from the cocoa) or by hand. Pour over warm cake.





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My family been making some variation of this cake recipe (non-vegan) for as long as I can remember. This variation was adapted and veganized from the Fox Developmental Center 30th Anniversary Cookbook.

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#2 Old 04-07-2009, 07:32 PM
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I've heard of Texas sheet cake but have never tried it. I will now! This sounds fabulous.
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Let us know how it turns out!

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#4 Old 04-09-2009, 05:28 PM
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I will!
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Sounds great, great name too!
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#6 Old 04-20-2009, 01:31 AM
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what's shortening? I know it's a UK/US English barrier thing, like pants and pants!
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Shortening is...well, it's basically fat used in baking (it used to be lard that people used, but nowadays it's usually something like Crisco [not sure if you guys have Crisco or not]). Basically, it's a solid grease. Although that sounds nasty when you put it like that.

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oh, no, we don't have that. Can I just use soya margarine?
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I haven't personally tried substituting margarine for shortening, but I did a quick Google search and it looks like it should work just fine. Hopefully it works for you!

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hooray!
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UK version of shortening is white Trex - it's vegan, and available in all the big supermarkets (sadly, usually just by the lard )
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Thanks, Ruby Rose. Glad someone can help my fellow vegans across the pond.

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