Texas Sheet Cake

This is a really delicious and easy recipe for traditional Texas Sheet Cake.

Slices of Texas Sheet Cake

Anyone ready for some comfort food? I sure am. Texas Sheet cake has always been a favorite of mine. I like to bake cake in a shallow pan, I like to share my cake with a lot of people, and I love a good chocolate cake with a thick layer of frosting.

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Ingredients for Texas Sheet Cake

Ingredients needed:

  • butter
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • flour
  • white sugar and powdered sugar
  • buttermilk and regular milk
  • eggs
  • baking soda, salt and vanilla extract

Batter for Texas Sheet Cake

How to make Texas Sheet Cake:

The full printable recipe and instructions for this recipe are included at the end of this post. You’ll need a sheet pan (sometimes referred to as a jelly roll pan). Amazon affiliate link >> this is the sheet pan that is recommended for making Texas sheet cakes. 

Flour, sugar, baking soda and salt are combined with buttermilk and eggs. On the stove, you’ll heat butter, water and cocoa powder and then add that to the other mixture. That makes up the cake batter, which is then poured into your sheet pan. The cake is then baked for 25 minutes.

Adding frosting to Texas Sheet Cake

Adding the frosting:

The frosting on a Texas sheet cake is heated in a pan, and then it’s poured onto your chocolate cake while it’s still warm. The frosting is spread evenly over the top of the cake.

Texas Sheet Cake

It’s a thick and fudgy layer of frosting- so good!

serving Texas Sheet Cake

About Texas Sheet Cake:

History has it that Texas Sheet Cake got its name because it’s a big cake (big, like the state of Texas). And others say it was given that name because it’s a very rich cake (like wealthy Texans!) More than likely, it took off in popularity when a very good chocolate sheet cake recipe was submitted to the Dallas Morning News in 1957. As they say in modern-day terms, that recipe went “viral.” 

Slices of Texas Sheet Cake

Texas sheet cake recipes will vary. Families have their own versions of this cake, and they’ll swear it’s the best and that it’s original. One thing they usually have in common is the inclusion of buttermilk and pecans in the recipe. My family isn’t much into nuts, so we usually make it without. Others will argue that it’s not really a Texas Sheet Cake unless it has pecans in it! In any case, this is a good chocolate cake recipe. And we think it’s the best!

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Here are a few more cake recipes you might like to try:

Texas Sheet Cake

A delicious version of this popular cake recipe.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings

Ingredients
  

CAKE:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs

FROSTING:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Instructions
 

BAKE THE CAKE:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 17x12x1-inch rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium saucepan, add the butter, water and cocoa powder. Bring the mixture to a boil, then pull off the heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Whisk in the buttermilk and eggs. Then whisk in the hot mixture until well-blended.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cake tests done with a toothpick inserted into the middle coming out clean.

PREPARE THE FROSTING (while the cake is still warm):

  • In a medium saucepan, add the butter, milk and cocoa powder and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the vanilla. Whisk in the powdered sugar until well blended. Pour the frosting onto the warm cake and spread evenly to cover. Sprinkle the cake with nuts, if using.

Notes

  • Sifting the powdered sugar will prevent lumps from forming in the frosting.
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