Totally Rad Texas Sheet Cake and a Chobani Giveaway!

by cakeduchess on January 16, 2011 · 95 comments

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Y’all…it’s time to get busy baking Southern style! I’ve told you before, I don’t really say y’all when I talk. But I LOVE to type it. It’s just so cute…and Southern! And I do live in South Florida. Even though I don’t think Florida is considered a part of the South.

Anyway, we can finish that discussion another day. Let’s talk chocolate! Chocolate has been on my mind a lot lately. A lot more than normally. Did you see my last post where I did a LIGHT chocolate dessert with delicious Chobani Greek Yogurt?

I had so much fun coming up with my last recipe. I eat Chobani Greek Yogurt every day! Yes, every day! It is my little indulgence at the end of a long day. I drizzle it with honey and a little bit of granola. That is my secret to avoiding finishing off all the sweets I bake!

This is the Chobani mitt that all the yogurt challenge participants signed. I am about to send it back to Chobani. I wish I could keep it. Smile

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I have been drooling this issue of Southern Living’s Out Best-Ever Cakes and Pies from 2008 that my mamma gave me. Thank you mamma! I promised my family (and neighbors) I would bake some recipes from it. The first one I had to try was their Texas Sheet Cake. What is exactly a Texas Sheet Cake? I researched a little bit and found that a Texas Sheet Cake was actually first called a Sheath Cake. On this blog , I read that many people in Texas don’t even know that this cake is called a Texas Sheet Cake Winking smile. Phew! Then I won’t offend the kind people of the lovely state of Texas when they find out I added Chobani Greek Yogurt Winking smile. I guess in Texas people say it’s “Aunt Velma’s Chocolate Cake”, or they just call it a Chocolate Cake. I thought a little bit of Chobani Honey Greek Yogurt would be the perfect addition. I am not going to lie and say that this is a light dessert like my last Chobani recipe was.

This has lots of butter. Buckets of butter. This cake is moist. It is addictive. You will be happy you made it in a sheet pan because everyone will want a slice or two when they see you’ve made a Texas Sheet Cake. A Totally Rad Texas Sheet Cake!
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Part of the beauty of this cake is that it is super easy to make. It is super easy barring any strange interruptions. Like a bottle of maple syrup falling out of the refrigerator. Which quickly turned into maple syrup in puddles in front of the fridge and splattered on your cabinet doors. Or your son asking for help changing into his 3rd pair of pajamas. Or maybe your neighbor coming over for help on Twitter. I think my neighbor was trying to get first dibs on the cakeWinking smile. Smart neighbor! Now let’s talk about the giveaway!!

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The Chobani people are just DARLING! Since I was the last participant in the Chobani Greek Yogurt Challenge, I got to decide if I wanted to offer my readers some FREE Chobani Greek Yogurt! I quickly decided yes! One very lucky winner will get a case of 12 (6 oz) Chobani Greek Yogurts! It will go by quickly and you will wish you won instead a one- year free supply. I need to talk to the Chobani people. Anyway, the prize is 12 scrumptious yogurts!

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Giveaway rules:
BONUS ENTRIES: Each entry comment counts as a SEPARATE entry in the giveaway!  To enter giveaways:


1. Please follow on twitter @Chobani .
2. Please follow @cakeduchess on twitter .
3. Another way to win: Tweet the following: Enter the GIVEAWAY to WIN Chobani Greek Yogurt from @cakeduchess. Enter here: http://tiny.cc/zwt0s
4. If you Facebook, LIKE Chobani here on Facebook.
5. If you Facebook, LIKE Cake Duchess’ here on Facebook.
6. Leave a comment on this post! You are encouraged to share a comment about your about Chobani Greek Yogurt or any other thoughts.
7. If you RT or post on your Facebook page this giveaway post link, you get an additional entry. Please drop me an additional comment on this post saying that you did so.
8.  Become a “follower” of Cake Duchess’ blog.
9. Sign up for our RSS Feed/Email Subscription
10. Drawing will be done randomly from all comments recorded by Monday, January 17 by 11 PM and one lucky winner-will announced on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.
11. Shipping only in the US. I apologize to my international friends.

That’s 9 chances to win! Yippee! The more entries you make, the better your chances are to WIN! Again, you MUST leave a separate comment for each entry to count : )

Here’s the other best part…the recipe!! Smile

Totally Rad Texas Sheet Cake
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten6 ounce container of Chobani Honey Greek Yogurt
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 sticks regular butter (if you have unsalted, that is fine too!)
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup water

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in Chobani Honey Greek Yogurt, sour cream, and lightly beaten eggs. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in 1 cup water and 1/4 cup cocoa. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Remove from heat.
Let it cool a minute, and then with a hand-mixer on a low speed, add in the yogurt mixture into the cocoa mixture a little at a time.  Pour the luscious batter into a lightly greased 15x10x1 jelly-roll pan.
Bake at 325 F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Spread the warm cake with Fudge Icing.

Fudge Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1 (16 oz) package powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

So now I want the skinny!! IF you live in Texas, do you call this cake a Texas Sheet Cake or a Sheath Cake?

Good luck to every one of you! I appreciate you taking the time to keep up with my baking adventures!

{ 95 comments… read them below or add one }

BakingWithoutABox January 16, 2011 at 1:40 am

Oooh me me! I follow you on Twitter.

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BakingWithoutABox January 16, 2011 at 1:42 am

I re-tweeted. Before I read that I could enter that way.

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BakingWithoutABox January 16, 2011 at 1:45 am

That cake looks so good. I’d better start eating the Chobani yogurt now so I won’t be pigging out on the chocolate dream.

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Lizzy January 16, 2011 at 2:13 am

Oh, my, I love how moist this cake looks…and the glaze looks scrumptious! Your sweet mamma found you an excellent cookbook! I’ll be back later for more entries in your fun contest :)

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels January 16, 2011 at 2:15 am

YUM YUM and YUM!!! Your cake looks so good, I wish I had the entire cake to myself and an insanely fast metabolism, haha. I seriously want to eat your cake right now. Mmmm.

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Chef Dennis January 16, 2011 at 2:16 am

I love Greek Yogurt!! The folks at Chobani are so good to us! Now where do I register for that cake, I would like to win that!
I am from Texas you know!
Dennis

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Toby January 16, 2011 at 2:16 am

Easy…and chocolate.. my kind of dessert :)

and the rest of the south doesn’t consider South Florida the south either, The North claimed it years ago!

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A little bit of everything January 16, 2011 at 2:22 am

I guess Texas Sheet cake rules today, just read Lindsay blog and she posted the same cake :)
Yours look so good too. The frosting makes me drool.

Love the Chobani yogurt, just used some earlier today to make some muffins.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway Lola

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A little bit of everything January 16, 2011 at 2:23 am

I follow you on twitter (@gringarl)

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels January 16, 2011 at 2:23 am

Tweeted the giveaway! :)

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A little bit of everything January 16, 2011 at 2:23 am

and now I follow via Google friends too :)

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*kimmie* January 16, 2011 at 2:47 am

You’re after my Texan heart with this one! We always called it “sheet cake” growing up, but it was always “Aunt So and So’s Sheet Cake.” Of course the name attached to the recipe changed depending on who it was being served to, but the recipe remained the same! =)

Using Chobani honey yogurt? Unorthodox, but genius! Will have to try that out!

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Sourkraut January 16, 2011 at 3:15 am

I’ll admit I’m a bit slow to jump on the Greek yogurt bandwagon but the few times I’ve used it in recipes I’ve been pleased. I’m always up for trying something new.

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Sourkraut January 16, 2011 at 3:16 am

I also follow your blog.

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Kate @ Diethood.com January 16, 2011 at 3:28 am

That’s a yummy cake – delicious, rich, soft and moist – the way a cake ought to be. :)

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Chow and Chatter January 16, 2011 at 3:45 am

yum u made the best sweets

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Shulie January 16, 2011 at 3:57 am

Hey Lora, Love the cake looks awesome my friend!! Shulie

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Sue January 16, 2011 at 4:12 am

I like Chobani yogurt on facebook:)

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Sue January 16, 2011 at 4:13 am

I like Cake Duchess on facebook:)

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Sue January 16, 2011 at 4:15 am

I follow you through google friend connect.

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Sue January 16, 2011 at 4:17 am

We love Greek yogurt! Your photos are SO crystal clear, Lora! I’ve made Texas sheet cake before…delicious!
P.S I have a giveaway on my blog too:)

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Christine Wu January 16, 2011 at 4:20 am

Usually my belly doesn’t growl after dinner. But now, it’s doing jumping jacks…….

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Jason Smith January 16, 2011 at 4:46 am

So, first I followed Chobani on Twitter! http://twitter.com/#!/binghamtonjason

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Jason Smith January 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

And, then I followed Cake Dutchess :)

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Jason S. January 16, 2011 at 4:49 am

#3…and then I retweeted the link to this page.

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Jason S. January 16, 2011 at 4:56 am

#4, and then I liked Chobani on Facebook…
http://www.facebook.com/#!/Chobani

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scrambledhenfruit January 16, 2011 at 4:57 am

Love the Chobani version of Tx Sheet cake. What’s not to love? Tastes great, easy to make, and makes a huge cake! :)

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Jason S. January 16, 2011 at 5:01 am

#5 I tried to like Cake Duchess on Facebook, but the link didn’t work and it kept returning me to my FB homepage. But, I do live an hour away from Chobani’s headquarters. We love the yogurt, but haven’t found the children’s variety here yet.

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Jason S. January 16, 2011 at 5:03 am

#6: OK. Now I just saw the Facebook logo on the top of the page, so I liked you that way.

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Jason S. January 16, 2011 at 5:07 am

#7–Added the Rss feed to my Google Reader account.

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Jason S. January 16, 2011 at 5:09 am

#8, and, finally I follow the blog. WHEW. That’s a lot of work for 8 entries. I think I need to eat some Chobani to regain my energy!

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*kimmie* January 16, 2011 at 5:19 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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*kimmie* January 16, 2011 at 5:20 am

I follow Chobani on Twitter!

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*kimmie* January 16, 2011 at 5:22 am

I liked Cake Duchess on Facebook

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*kimmie* January 16, 2011 at 5:22 am

I liked Chobani on Facebook.

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*kimmie* January 16, 2011 at 5:23 am

I’m a follower of your blog.

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*kimmie* January 16, 2011 at 5:23 am

I subscribe by RSS with NetNewsWIre

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Jeannie January 16, 2011 at 6:07 am

Looks like everyone is eager to win! Lovely cake Duchess:D

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Amy Bakes Everything January 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

This is seriously my favorite cake. My husband and I can eat a whole cake within like 2 days. We don’t even get out plates – just set the pan between us on the couch and watch football. Great job, really love the yogurt addition!

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Foodiva January 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

I think this Totally Rad Texas Sheet Cake is a better prize than the yoghurt… I’m not eligible for the giveaway anyway, so I feel it’s ok to say that! Btw, do you ship cakes internationally, Lora? ;-))

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Carolyn January 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Chobani plain yogurt was my saving grace and favourite snack when I had gestational diabetes! I already follow them on twitter.

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Carolyn January 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I also follow you on twitter!

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Carolyn January 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Retweeted the message about the giveaway!

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Pretend Chef January 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

A chocolate sheet cake with a quick caramel frosting was one of my first recipes on my blog and is one of my top 10. I had to laugh when I had some of my neighbors over and shared the “sheet cake” they looked at me like I was crazy and said, “It’s just a chocolate cake.” Haha!

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Pretend Chef January 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I LIKED on Facebook!

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Pretend Chef January 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I posted on my Facebook page about the giveaway!

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Pretend Chef January 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I already FOLLOW you on Google reader.

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Pretend Chef January 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I subscribed to receive emails!

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Evan Thomas January 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

This sheetcake sounds ABSURDLY good. And it’s lightened up so you can have more!

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Evan Thomas January 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I follow Chobani on twitter

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Evan Thomas January 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I like Chobani on facebook

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trailtotrain January 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I already like (love) chobani on facebook. I’ve tried them all and Chobani is by far the best! plain, in recipes, it’s uses are endless!!! I’m using it tonight to make a tatziki sauce for my Middle Eastern feast :)..and then I’mm probably mix some into my pancake batter for breakfast tomrrow :) Chobani, I love you!

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heidilauren January 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

im kind of obsessed with chobani so this recipie is a must try. my favorite yogurt is the pomegranate with dried fruit granola on top. heavvennnn and i MUST have it every day for lunch :)

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Grace January 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

This cake looks so moist Lora, what a bonus that it is so easy to make. I love having a few of these recipes tucked aside especially wonderful if you are getting last minute guests. I’ve never tried Chobani, I haven’t seen it on our grocery shelves here in Canada but I bet it adds a delicious flavour to the cake.

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*kimmie* January 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm
sara @ CaffeIna January 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Oh my, Lora! I am not a big chocolate fan and still I’m drooling over this cake. Plus, yogurt in cake is always great! :)

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*kimmie* January 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm

And last but not least, I tweeted about the giveaway! @fullcircleadv

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Kellie January 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I follow cake duchess on twitter
@sundoll08

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Kellie January 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I follow chobani on twitter
@sundoll08

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Beth January 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm

What a gorgeous sheet cake! Unfortunately I can’t enter the contest since I’m Canadian, so good luck to everyone else!

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Kellie January 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I completed #3 @sundoll08

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Kellie January 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm

#7 complete

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Kellie January 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I follow your blog

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Tracey January 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I just discovered your blog through Chobani – and I must say that I love it as much as I love those addictive Greek yogurts! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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Jordi January 17, 2011 at 5:20 am

i liked chobani on facebook!

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Jordi January 17, 2011 at 5:21 am

i also liked cake duchess on facebook! :)

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Jordi January 17, 2011 at 5:24 am

This recipe sounds delicious! I only am a fan of chocolate every now and then, but i think i could eat this anytime. Even better, i could pair a small piece with some plain or honey yogurt. YUM!

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Jordi January 17, 2011 at 5:26 am

i posted your blog and the giveaway on my facebook!

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Jordi January 17, 2011 at 5:33 am

i followed your blog on twitter!

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Jordi January 17, 2011 at 5:34 am

i followed chobani on twitter! :)

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Jordi January 17, 2011 at 5:35 am

I also posted the link to this entry on my twitter :)

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Jordi January 17, 2011 at 5:51 am

i’m a follower of your blog, too!

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE January 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Hey Lora, this does sound “rad!” I’m following on twitter!

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The Mom Chef January 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm

This cake does look amazing. If I liked chocolate, I’d just plow my face into that incredibly decadent looking frosting.

So you know, people who are southerners type it ya’ll, not y’all. Weird, I know, and it took some getting used to, but that’s how they do it. And no, they definitely don’t consider Florida part of the south because so many down there aren’t from the south anymore.

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happywhennothungry January 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I just read Lindsey’s Texas sheet cake post and now yours so my mouth is watering and I definitely need to try this recipe!

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happywhennothungry January 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I’m a fan of yours on Facebook too!

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Erin January 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I follow Chobani on Twitter as @one_of_three.

glycinemax at gmail dot com

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Erin January 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I follow Cake Duchess on Twitter as @one_of_three.

glycinemax at gmail dot com

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Erin January 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I like Chobani on Facebook as Erin A-L.

glycinemax at gmail dot com

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Erin January 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I like Cake Duchess on Facebook as Erin A-L.

glycinemax at gmail dot com

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Erin January 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I love Chobani yogurt. I wish the stores around here carried the lemon flavor, since that’s just about the best flavor of yogurt EVER.

glycinemax at gmail dot com

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Erin January 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I follow Cake Duchess’ blog via GFC (AND have a link on my blog, Coffee Level Critical!

glycinemax at gmail dot com

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baking.serendipity January 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I’ve never tried Chobani yogurt before, but love, love love Texas sheet cake :)

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Raina January 18, 2011 at 1:07 am

This cake looks amazing! I have seen Texas Sheet Cake but never tried it. Thanks for sharing this very decadent looking recipe. Love that you added the Chobani.

I love Chobani yogurt and eat it almost every day. That is my little treat too. They have flavors available here like vanilla and honey (my favorite), but of course, I also love the plain and add it to many of my dishes:)

I am a follower. Hard to believe but I am not on Facebook or Twitter. I am a little behind with technology and am working on it:)

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Reeni January 18, 2011 at 3:01 am

I always wanted to make a sheet cake like this – it looks incredibly fudgy and delicious! I wish I was your lucky neighbor! I love Chobani with honey and cinnamon in it – I do the same thing eat it at night like dessert – it’s THAT good.

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Monet January 18, 2011 at 5:18 am

Well I don’t need any yogurt, but I want you to know that I love what you did with your batch! It is so special that some of my favorite girls all got to share that oven mitt. It brings such a smile to my face. I hope you are feeling better, Lora! I’ve been praying for your recovery.

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briarrose January 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Looks so good…..the chocolate glaze…it calls to me.

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Jamie January 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Mmmmmm what beats a chocolate sheet cake with glistening chocolate frosting? Not much! And I love cakes with yogurt or sour cream. I must try this recipe! I know that the men will love it too!

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Dionne Baldwin January 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I am a devoted follower of yours on Twitter and I am super excited to see what you are up to on your Friday post!

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Dionne Baldwin January 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I am now a follower of Chobani on Twitter. Maybe I’ll get some baking inspirations from time to time…

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Dionne Baldwin January 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I retweeted! That’s not asking much since I really am enjoying Twitter lately!

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Dionne Baldwin January 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I am now following you on Facebook and while I am commenting I will say that I love using Greek yogurt to substitute part of the butters or oils in some of my baking. I use it as a mayo substitute for potato salads and dressings and we all love the flavor! My mom started making his salad dressing with yogurt instead of buying the dressing at the store. She even washes the storebought bottles of dressing and everything. Either he can’t tell the difference or he is just not saying anything. :) We are huge Chobani fans.

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Nikki January 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Oh man, this cake is a beauty!

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Stephanie February 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Haha. I just did all nine entries before reading the date. :(

But these look like what my mom used to call “Texas Brownies”! They were more of a cake than a brownie. I always thought it was just frosted brownies but this picture looks identical! I’m so glad I found a recipe for them!!

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Anonymous July 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

In my part of Texas, we just call this gorgeous cake “that beautiful, chocolate-candy frosting, chocolate pecan sheet cake”!! Kidding! The recipe I have is for Chocolate Sheath Cake, but everyone I know calls it Sheet cake. Down here in South Coastal Texas we absolutely love this rich, almost candy like cake; it’s almost always requested at big family gatherings! My recipe does not have yogurt or sour cream but add a touch of cinnamon and lots of pecans to the frosting!!! Will have to try your version, since my husband sometimes refuses to eat pecans.

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