guinness Texas sheet cake with candied pecans
Woo! I’m making it in just under the wire for a St. Patrick’s Day dessert! I intended to get this recipe up yesterday, but you know, life. I wanted to make a Guinness cake but not have it be the typical cake or cupcakes with irish liqueur frosting ad nauseum. So, I decided to marry two recipes: guinness cake and Texas sheet cake. What is Texas sheet cake, you may be wondering? A rich, chocolate cake baked in a rimmed baking sheet and when the cake is warm out of the oven it gets doused with a chocolate fudge sauce that slowly absorbs into the cake adding even more richness and goodness. It’s like the tres leches cake of chocolate. And then it gets topped with a smattering of candied pecans. It’s easy, unpretentious, and it can feed the heck out of a crowd. Perfect, right? Cake decorating is simply not my jam (something I hope to change some day) so any cake that requires no frosting and crumb coats and stress is a freaking win in my book. This humble cake is perfectly happy being served on paper plates at a bbq or any gathering, really. And the fact that there’s a fudge layer on top seals in moisture, making it the perfect make-ahead dessert for parties. It’s phenomenal when served warm but still perfectly delightful at room temperature. And if you really want to take it over the top? Throw a scoop of ice cream on there. Happy baking!
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