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Texas Sheet Cake

by Laura

The other day it was my husband’s birthday and his favorite dessert is chocolate cake. He really loves his mom’s recipe for Texas Sheet Cake. I hadn’t made it forever, so I decided to make it for him for his birthday.

Since everything is big in Texas, I’m guessing that’s how the name of this recipe came about. This cake makes enough for a crowd. You cook it in a jelly roll pan. I omitted the nuts on the recipe because my husband doesn’t like nuts with his cake.
One thing interesting about this recipe is that it calls for cinnamon. You could leave it out if you want to, but chocolate and cinnamon taste great together. This recipe is also pretty simple and quick.
Texas Sheet Cake | realmomkitchen.com

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Texas Sheet Cake | realmomkitchen.com

Texas Sheet Cake


  • Cake:
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Icing:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional


  1. Grease a 15×10 inch jelly roll pan and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. For the cake – bring 1 cup butter, water and 4 Tbsp cocoa to a boil in a large saucepan. While still hot, remove from heat and add to 2 cups flour and 2 cups white sugar. Mix well.
  3. Add in eggs, cinnamon, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla. Combine buto not mix too long.
  4. Pour batter into the greased 15×10 inch jelly roll pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  5. For the icing – Bring 1/2 cup butter or margarine, 4 Tbsp cocoa, 3 Tbsp water, and 3 Tbsp milk to a boil. Remove from heat. While still hot, add confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and nuts if desired. Beat well. Ice cake while icing is still hot. Pour over cake and spread to smooth out. Serves 24.
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This is the original photo for this post. The above photo was updated in April 2017.

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