Good morning Cousins. Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. We celebrated with family and friends. Whatever the day whatever the occasion it is always good to see family and friends. My extended family continues to grow rapidly, we are now 432 cousins strong.
The United States is a federal republic with 50 states, a federal district, Washington DC, 5 major territories and various possessions. All 50 states, the 5 territories, and the possessions have pot lucks the state of Texas have spreads.
A must have plate at all Texas spreads is a Texas Sheet Cake. Ingredients: 2 cups cake flour, 2 cups sugar, 1 stick butter, 1/2 cup butter flavor shortening, 4 tablespoons cocoa, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Dump the flour and sugar in a bowl, set aside. In a medium saucepan add the butter, shortening, cocoa, and water, bring to a boil. Pour the boiling hot butter mixture over the flour and sugar. Mix well. In a separate bowl add the remaining ingredients, mix and add to the flour and sugar bowl. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease and flour an 11-inch by 16-inch pan, pour the cake into the pan and cook for 17 – 20 minutes. The cake is done when it pulls away from the pan edges. Remove the cake from the oven a allow to cool. Once the cake is cool, make the icing.
Icing Ingredients: 1 stick butter, 4 tablespoons cocoa, 6 tablespoons buttermilk, 1 (16-ounce box) powdered sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. In a medium saucepan add the butter, cocoa, and buttermilk, bring to a boil. Slowly add the sugar to the pot, rapidly stir until the mixture thickens and becomes creamy. Remove from the heat. Add the the nuts and vanilla stir. When the icing cool frost your cake.