This recipe makes a chocolate sheet cake that is spongy but dense and super moist – that in-between state of chocolatey bliss where a light textured brownie meets a chocolate sponge.
It’s been a while since the aroma of cocoa baking in the oven last wafted through my kitchen. So I thought to myself, it’s time for a chocolate treat … and I need this to be good. Really good.
I had this recipe for a chocolate sheet cake for some time, but never got around to baking it. Over the years, I’d been keeping clippings of recipes cut out from newspapers, magazines, flyers, and what have you, meaning to sort and index these into some sort of organised collection but like a lot of things in my life, the best of intentions often get lost in my day-to-day hubbub. Welcome to my ever-constant state of so many things to do, but not enough time!
I liked this recipe the minute I scanned it. I like that it’s simple, and that’s a huge plus for me. Most of my best stuff has come from the simplest of recipes and steps. You know how you read a recipe and your gut, or call it your instinct, just feels that it’s likely a good one? Well, this is that kind of recipe. You’ll end up (happily) with a chocolate sheet cake that is spongy and denser, and it’s awfully moist – that in-between state of chocolatey bliss where a light textured brownie meets a chocolate sponge. My kind of cake. Any time.
This recipe also makes a chocolate ganache frosting that is a thick, glorious mass of fudge. I am able to warm these chocolate sheet squares in the microwave oven for 15 to 20 seconds, and not worry about having it melt into messy chocolate sauce on my plate. It melted just a little over the edges and softened up, but still in shape and in place where I enjoy it best – right on top with the nuts!
If you do prefer your chocolate ganache a little less fudge-like, just change the proportions of cream to chocolate in the recipe. Add more cream for a thinner consistency or softer ganache. If you’ve got a crowd to feed (sometimes, that’s just a family of 3 or 4, cos when a cake is this good, it gets lapped up very quickly!), this is sure to please!