12 x 12 Chocolate Challenge … The One That Requires Massive Wipes

11 Apr

Just when I think I might not pull it off … I do.

I like that I can surprise myself. Makes me feel chocolate-worthy.

Although I didn’t think it would happen today … there was frosting and powered sugar everywhere. It was a culinary disaster demanding the power of wipes all over the counter tops and the magic of The Swiffer on all floors.

However the recipe seemed so deceptively easy being that I cooked everything in one pan, but I realized I’m not that great of a pourer when it comes to stove-top action. And if your hand-eye coordination sporadically fails you, like it does me, wipes are definitely a necessity when attempting this recipe.

Costco-sized wipes.

Regardless of the mess, it was amazingly awesome. It was the first sheet cake of the challenge, so I was worried it wouldn’t rate as well as the other double-decker dessert masterpieces I baked. But when someone calls this recipe the “Lighter Version of Grandma’s Chocolate Sheet Cake,” you know you’ve got something. Grandma’s seal of approval on anything coming from the kitchen is high-five worthy.

Plus I had to make something spectacular that would last until Sunday … you know to celebrate.

Because you all know what’s happening on Sunday, don’t you?


Don Draper is back and I need to celebrate the return of Mad Men with something special. The Lighter Version of Grandma’s Chocolate Sheet Cake seemed appropriate. Although just because it says it’s lighter doesn’t mean it’s less chocolatey, it’s plenty chocolatey and buckle-your-knees tasty. The “light” in the title  just means you’re tempted to eat more pieces because it has the word “light” in it and you think it will be all good. It’s not … you still have to walk it off, dance it off, or work it out. Especially if you eat half of the cake.

Yeah … I think I might do some push-ups tomorrow.


This definitely made me happy today :)

This definitely made me happy today 🙂


Recipe Courtesy of I Heart Eating.
Chocolate Cake
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. cocoa
1 c. water
1/2 c. low-fat buttermilk
1/4 c. fat-free plain Greek yogurt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. granulated sugar
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Chocolate Icing
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/3 c. low-fat buttermilk
3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet (I use a 15×11-inch rimmed cookie sheet) with edges.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan.
  3. Once butter has melted, stir in water and cocoa powder; bring to a boil.
  4. Once at a boil, add buttermilk, and stir to combine.
  5. Remove pan from heat.
  6. Add the yogurt, eggs, and vanilla, and stir until well-combined.
  7. Stir in sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt until just combined.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  9. While the cake is baking prepare the icing.
  10. For the icing, combine the butter, cocoa, and buttermilk. Bring to a boil.
  11. Remove from heat, and add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and nuts (if using). Stir to combine. Pour icing over hot cake and spread evenly over cake

12 Responses to “12 x 12 Chocolate Challenge … The One That Requires Massive Wipes”

  1. anotherday2paradise April 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM #

    This looks absolutely delish. I wish I could reach my fingers through the screen and grab a slice. 🙂

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM #

      Oh…it totally was and I’m so happy that my picture was awesome enough to entice you to rip the cake off the computer screen. 🙂

  2. lameadventures April 12, 2014 at 3:05 PM #

    I’m drooling. Does that look great! I wish you didn’t live across the country. I’d visit you with my own fork. You need to set up a special section on your site where these recipes are easy to access.

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 5:04 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuude. That is always my goal to inspire people to be like … “I’ve got to have a piece of that chocolate cake. GOT TO!” So glad I inspired the chocolate love in you with my food porn 🙂 And you know you’re right, maybe I’ll add a culinary-this-is-not-a-thirty-minute-meal adventure tab so people can get a hold of these recipes. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  3. mydearbakes April 13, 2014 at 1:08 AM #

    Aww, such a great looking bake! =D

    • The Guat May 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM #

      Thanks so much. Looking at it definitely makes me want to eat all of it. Although in truth I think I ate half, and my pants fit a little tighter now. But it’s a good recipe to try. Thanks for stopping by, sorry it took me a while to get to you…ended up in my spam.

  4. sophiebowns April 13, 2014 at 4:06 AM #

    Ahhhh! Yummy!

    • The Guat May 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuude. This cake was massively yummy. One of the tasty ones for sure. Thanks for stopping by and reading … Sorry it took me so long to get back to you … ended up in my spam

      • sophiebowns May 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM #

        I wonder why my comment ended up in spam, that’s very strange!

        • The Guat May 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM #

          Maybe the cake was too yummy it had no more room for awesome comments 🙂

  5. TBM April 14, 2014 at 4:38 AM #

    um, I want a slice or the other half. Mad Men doesn’t start until Wednesday here. So excited. Don’t tell me what happened yet.

    • The Guat April 14, 2014 at 3:44 PM #

      If I could fly it out to you I would … the mailman would probably eat it. But I will keep the Don Draper stories to myself until Wednesday comes around. Duuuuude let me know what you think when you see it.

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