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Chocolate Sheet Cakes

Like the Golden Sheet Cakes, you will need to make one recipe (that is, two chocolate cakes) for each of the animal cakes.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • yield: Makes two 9-by-13-inch cakes
Photography: Johnny Miller

Ingredients

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 6 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Cook's Note

Cakes can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept at room temperature 1 day or refrigerated 2 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-by-13-inch baking pans with cooking spray. Line with parchment, leaving an overhang on long sides. Spray parchment. Flour pans, tapping out excess.

  2. Step 2

    Sift together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in eggs, buttermilk, water, oil, and vanilla until smooth. Divide batter between pans. Bake, rotating halfway through, until tops of cakes spring back when pressed and a toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely, then lift cakes from pans using parchment. Remove parchment.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2012

Reviews (3)

  • 29 Jun, 2012

    here are the stencils
    http://www.marthastewart.com/899776/cake-takes-shape

  • 23 Jun, 2012

    This recipe is easy but the only problem is.... how do i download or print the stencils for this cake? There's nowhere on your website to do this. Message me the website so that i an do this?

  • 23 Jun, 2012

    This recipe is easy but the only problem is.... how do i download or print the stencils for this cake? There's nowhere on your website to do this. Message me the website so that i an do this?