Monday, January 31, 2011

Working Class Pyrex and Chocolate Sheet Cake


Text message conversation:

Me to my nephew Trey:  What is your favorite dessert?

Trey:  Chocolate cake.

Me:  I’ll bring one to the game Tuesday.

Trey:  Thank you Aunt Laura.

(I wish I had a room service cart with white linens I could push into the game. 

That would really push the other men in my family-

my husband, my father, and my brother- over some fine edge.

That makes me laugh thinking about it.

Crazy Aunt Laura.)



I used Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe.

It is delicious and absolutely no fail .


During the reading, measuring, and mixing process,

I wished for a miner’s head lamp.

Can you all see clearly when reading a cookbook these days?



                             I then began to day dream about the
sturdiness of working class


I am a proud Pyrex user.

Note to Daughters:  I know so many cooking utensils in

today’s complicated world have become designer in nature,

but that is not your legacy.

So relax, spend less, and let that mumbo jumbo go.

That is not who we are.

PS.  Sift your confectioner’s sugar and Hershey’s cocoa ( the working class cocoa brand).

You will be amazed at the difference.


And finally, I will never forget one of my first

dry’ ingredient baking lessons from my mother:

leveling the flour off the top of the measuring cup with the straight edge of a knife.


Life is good, and I am having fun.



Deb said...

I always enjoy your posts Laura..and I bet your nephew enjoyed that cake..

NanaDiana said...

Hey Laura- You can't read because it is dark? Uhhh. maybe you could turn the lights on? okay..slap me...but just once...

I have made that sheet cake many times. Isn't that the greatest in the world...and I am with you...use the old sifter and Hersheys cocoa. I grew up not too far from Hershey, I, of course, would not use anything else. The whole town smells like chocolate (seriously) AND they have a wonderful amusement ride park there.

Good cooking just never changes, does it? Sure wish I could sit down with Crazy Aunt Laura and have a piece of cake...or at least watch from the bleachers while you pushed it in on a cart...that would be over the top! Hugs- Diana

Karen said...

Wonderful pictures, Laura!! And the cake looks delish! Good luck Trey.
Ladybug Creek

LPC said...

My mother taught me that same trick with the flour and a knife:). But I still can't bake to save my life.

oldgreymare said...

I have a magnifying glass by each phone and in my night stand and one in my purse...sigh...and bifocals.... another sigh....

and as if that isn't enough throw in some cellulite, bad knees and a few grey eyebrow hairs....

but even then I am a happy camper, must be cause I'm also forgetful lol


Pondside said...

The kids laugh at me because I cook with the $1.99 readers perched on the end of my nose - can't see to stir out the lumps otherwise.

Millie said...

Pyrex even spread its wings & landed Down Under Susan & I'm a fan, jsut like my Mum was. That cake looks like a Winner. Thanks for your lovely comments over @ The Hedge today, its a pleasure having you visit.
Millie ^_^

Bonnie said...

Laura, you crack me up! I love your wit. Yes, we don't have to have gourmet everything and all the latest cooking utensils to bake and cook well.

Love your blue and white canisters. Looks great with your new header. You can't beat blue and white and chocolate. You know the wise proverb that says there is nothing new under the sun- that chocolate sheet cake has been around for years. I love how Ree has taken old recipes and written them in her style with pictures so the younger generation takes notice. I like pictures too!

Theresa said...

Yummy, that is one spoiled Nephew! Sweet Aunt Laura, you are the sweetest Aunt Laura:) I use Pyrex too, can't beat it!

Have a blessed day, HUGS!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I watched my mother do the same thing when measuring out flour. Chocolate cake sounds yummy. I'm on Weight Watchers and would love a huge slab of it. Maybe in a couple of months I'll treat myself.

trash talk said...

I am now on the hunt for a room service cart for you. When I find one, it will be my gift to you...if you promise to take photos of the faces when you wheel it in.
P.S. Why is it called Texas sheet cake? It's a favorite around this hill!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Your cake looks awesome - but because I warded off sugar for new years - you could not trust me to just one piece! Love your flour, sugar, jars!

Marguerite said...

Love that canister set and your chocolate cake looks heavenly! Your nephew is lucky to have such a nice aunt! I love Pyrex, too and have my mother's vintage collection.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Laura, I have made that recipe many times, only in Georgia it is called "Texas Sheet Cake"! Linda

Brenda Pruitt said...

When I sew by hand, I have to take off my bifocals now because I can't see close up any more, Laura. It just keeps going downhill! I love your lively post, full of fun and chocolate and pretty pictures! (Hey, I was at Hobby Lobby this morning and they have blue and white ceramics similar to that in your post 1/2 price!)

June said...

No, no, not crazy aunt Laura...favorite crazy aunt Laura...I'm sure of it!!! Everyone in your family must just adore you. The cake looks sinful. YUM!
hugs to you...

Rae said...

What a yummy post.
and I love the blue and white!!

Sue said...

I still use my grandmother's rolling pin...I think "working class" tastes better!

Nancy's Notes said...

Lucky Trey to have such a wonderful, loving, caring and fun Aunt Laura, and she can cook at bake to boot! Chocolate sheet cake, that is a family favorite, it does not last long at our house! It was one that my precious grandmother would make for us and today, it's still my favorite!


Olive said...

I want to bake this cake but then I would eat it darling Laura. I know your nephew loved it♥

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I like to eat Chocolate cake.

Lana said...

I LOVE this post! And your note to the daughters out there...right on!
I hope your nephew enjoyed the cake, though you're not a crazy aunt at all; rather, you are AMAZING!@
PS PW rocks!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, my grandmother always used a knife blade to level off her flour. What memories! And, you know, I love Ree! She's the best and I can't wait to read her new book that came out yesterday.

Always love stopping by! Sunshine and rainbows to you!

Lisa said...

I should have told my Daughter that when all she could think of was a "Magic Bullet"...hee hee! I just the love your sense of humor and I, too, loooove my pyrex!


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