Cake, Dad, Dorothy Lamalie, Mom

Mocha Pecan Sheet Cake

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup strong-brewed coffee
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

6 tablespoons milk
1 pound (one 16 oz box) powdered sugar
1 cup pecans, chopped and toasted

Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease 15-1/2 by 10-1/2 by 1 inch jelly roll pan.

In a saucepan, add 1/2 cup butter, coffee, 1/2 cup cocoa and vegetable oil. Cook over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir in warm cocoa mixture.

In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add to flour mixture and blend well. Spread into prepared cake pan.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Reduce oven temperature to 350F.

To toast the pecans, lightly spritz baking sheet with cooking spray.
When the oven temperature is down to 350, put the pecans on the baking sheet and toast them just until they become aromatic, about 5 minutes. You have to watch them carefully as they are easily scorched. When done, remove from oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, stir milk and remaining 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup cocoa. Cook over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Add powdered sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Whisk until smooth.

Spread frosting over warm cake. Sprinkle with pecans.