Thursday, February 21, 2008

from my kitchen to yours: cream cheese sheet cake

Today I thought I'd share one of my recent cravings. ShawnTooley's Cream Cheese Sheetcake. I made it valentine's week for a "sweet swap" but it didn't satisfy my craving so I had to make another pan this week (yes that would be a jelly roll pan). Think cross between soft white cake and cheesecake with a texas sheet cake style cooked chocolate frosting. They are fast easy and makes alot! I had great plans of dropping a few postpartum pounds before a party this weekend so I would actually have more than 3 pants options but alas- the cake squares have thwarted my plan.

This is a recipe from our good friends the Tooley's- as the story goes Shawn was making these and misread the cream cheese directions and put in 16 oz instead of 6 oz as the recipe called for. The mistake proved providential and alas the improved recipe was born! After talking to our friend Jennifer (seen here at one of our late night frosting makings) the other week, about more recipes, I was missing their family, so I made these in honor of them. In our family, recipes often bear the name of the person who introduced us to them for example Kearsley Casserole (once brought to us by my friend loranna's mom) or Lauren's (college roommate) Penne Arribiata, Aunt Dawn's Special Chicken, Shelah's Best Birthday Cake, Jennifer's Festive Salad. It is one more way to remember the people I love and how they have touched my life.

So without further ado...
Shawn Tooley's Cream Cheese Sheetcake

1 c.+ 2 Tbsp. butter or marg.
2 pkgs (8oz) cream cheese (i used the neufatchel and it works fine)
2 1/4 c. sugar
6 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
2 1/4 c cake flour (if you don't have this you can do the flour cornstarch substitution)

1 c. sugar
1/3 c evaporated milk
1/2 c butter or marg.
1/2 c. semi sweet choc. chips

In a bowl, cream butter cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well after each. Pour into greased jelly roll pan (15x10). bake at 325 for 30-35 min. For frosting combine milk and sugar, bring to a boil over med heat. then turn heat down, cover and cook for 3 min (do not stir). Then stir in butter and choc chips until melte and smooth. Cool slightly, pour over cooled cake. 24-30 servings.


Cathy Heywood said...

Mmmm. I have the same craving, but know that I, too, will eat the entire pan. Too bad we can't use the Bose express this week.

smart mama said...

i so wanted to as i knew you'd appreciate but i remembered it is vacation week solo for you!! surviving??

Chel said...


Andrea said...

wait...there's no recipe with my name? what?

LL said...

those look so yummy! now I wish i hadn't turned them down.
My painting is on the wall, it was a hit this morning. I need to take a picture and post it :)

smart mama said...

andrea- did you learn to cook something yet?- or should i out down a recipe for andreas pan burning? LOL

LL- good job resisting- and wow a painting so good you won a microwave- thats impressive- I've never even done that

Cathy Heywood said...

I'm looking at the recipe again and I think I have everything. Today should be the final day of solo vacation, but this snowstorm is starting to worry me. (Note to self: Never let an 8 year old worry wart watch the 9 o'clock news on Wednesday night. It makes for an even longer week of missing Dad) I think by tonight I will have made and eaten at least half the pan, while I wait to see if the planes are landing in Logan. Bytheway, I love the limo service.

smart mama said...

what time is his flight whwere are his connections- most are on delay...better make the cake you might need it to get you through

Rachelle said...

Oh my gosh that sounds so yummy. I think I will make one this weekend.

SweetPea said...

Oh my goodness that looks SO good! I can't wait to try it!!