So Good You’ll Eat It For Breakfast Birthday Cake

Cookie Sheet Birthday Cake

This is what I’m having for breakfast today: birthday cake. It is my birthday so don’t judge! I’m officially closer to 40 than to 30 – and I think that calls for some cake. :)

Chocolate Birthday Cake I dug up my mom’s famous cake recipe and tried to duplicate the chocolate cookie sheet cake she would make for each of our birthdays. Have you ever had a cake baked on a cookie sheet? It is so crazy good. Kind of like cake but also kind of like a brownie. Mainly just hard to stop eating.

The icing is what makes the cake for me. I love the thin chocolate frosting that’s not too sweet. Read on for the recipe!

Delicious Birthday Cake Ahh, now I feel better! Ready to face my mid 30’s!

Chocolate Cookie Sheet Cake

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 or 4 teaspoons cocoa
  • 2 eggs (well beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk (use buttermilk if you have it)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Resift flour with sugar and salt. In a saucepan, put butter, oil, water and cocoa. Bring to a boil and pour over flour and sugar mixture. In another bowl put eggs, soda, milk and vanilla. Add to first mixture and mix well. Pour in greased and floured cookie sheet pan. Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

For frosting

  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 box confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans These are optional. Mom always included them but I left them out.)

Mix butter, cocoa, and milk in a saucepan. Heat over low heat but do not boil. Remove from heat and add sugar, pecans and vanilla. Mix well. Pour over cake when it comes out of the oven (yes, it’s ok that the cake is hot).


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  1. Cindy K says

    We call it a Texas sheet cake down here…love! My birthday was yesterday and I had left over Cheesecake Factory Hershey’s cheesecake, so no way am I going to judge! And, like Jaan, I am on the other side of 50 with 60 looming. (yikes, it hurts to see that in print!)

  2. says

    Happy birthday!!!!!
    That cake looks delicious! And I fully embrace eating birthday cake for breakfast. If fact I’d like to allow our kids (when we have them) to have a slice of birthday cake for breakfast. Pish posh to any parents who think that’s a bad idea ;P

  3. says

    Happy birthday to you….cha, cha, cha. That cake looks magnificant and shh….I would eat it for breakfast too even if it wasn’t my birthday! Hope your day was terrific!

  4. Susanna says

    Happy Birthday Sis! I’m glad you had some of the cake that Mom would have made you–I’ll save the recipe and make this for soon also, since you shouldn’t have to make your own birthday cake! Love you so much little sis :)

  5. says

    Happy Birthday, Stephanie! You’re definitely entitled to cake for breakfast on your birthday. Also, the day after, when you have leftover cake. :) I’ve never made cake on a baking sheet before–I’m going to have to try that!

  6. Jaan L says

    Oh, boy, I would eat that not only for breakfast but for lunch and dinner, and I’m on the other side of 50. Happy Birthday by the way. Sounds like you have started your Birthday off on the Right foot with this cake.

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