Hot Eats and Cool Reads: The Pioneer Woman's Best Chocolate Cake. Ever. Recipe

Sep 8, 2014

The Pioneer Woman's Best Chocolate Cake. Ever. Recipe

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Hey Blog Friends!  Sheena's sister Shannon here again with a recipe that is absolutely too die for!  Or as my 18-year-old son says "This is dangerous, Mom!"  I don't get in the mood to bake very often, but this morning I had the itch and I found this delicious recipe on The Pioneer Woman's blog... I mean, who doesn't love Ree Drummond's blog and recipes!  We love it served with vanilla ice cream, but it's amazing all by itself too!  And here is my shameless plug for you to visit my blog.... In Blurred Focus.

The Pioneer Woman's Best Chocolate Cake. Ever. (click here to print recipe)

What you need:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans (Optional)
  • 1-3/4 stick Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 6 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 pound (minus 1/2 Cup) Powdered Sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.  In a saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa. Stir together. Add boiling water, allow mixture to boil for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Pour over flour mixture, and stir lightly to cool.  In a measuring cup, pour the buttermilk and add beaten eggs, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into butter/chocolate mixture. Pour into ungreased sheet cake/jelly roll pan and bake at 350-degrees for 20 minutes.
While cake is baking, make the icing. Chop pecans finely. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together. Add the pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake. 

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On the blog... one year ago: Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Cookies

Two years ago: Mixed Berry Spritzer 

Three years ago: Easy Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas

This recipe is shared at these blogs: Inside BruCrew Life, Feeding Big, Kathe with an ELove Bakes Good CakesThe Better Baker


  1. Ooooooo.... this looks amazing! You can't beat a good chocolate sheet cake. ;)

  2. Love chocolate anything and this cake looks awesome!

  3. Very true, Ree had great recipes, she is not afraid to use good things like butter and sugar!

  4. Oh my goodness! I need a good chocolate cake! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. This is such a classic recipe! I think every family has their own version of it. Your son is is dangerous!

  6. Sa-weeet!! Thanks much for sharing this luscious treat with us at Weekend Potluck. Have a great weekend.


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